July 2, 2015
Now this is some very serious backtracking we’ve got going on here.
I am shocked and appalled.
Frans Timmermans, the second most powerful man in Brussels, said he is “terribly annoyed” by how frequently the leader of the UK Independence Party appeared to correctly diagnose the bloc’s failings – particularly its handling of the migration crisis – even when he strongly disagrees with his proposed solutions.
“What I really like about the man is his incredible sense of humour,” he said. “The problem is, I don’t get annoyed when he talks rubbish.
“I get terribly annoyed when he’s right. And on some issues he is right too often. If he criticises the EU for not having a migration policy that is effective he is right. He is absolutely, completely wrong with his solutions. But to start criticising the EU for not dealing in the right way with the migration crisis is right.
“The problem with Ukip and the extreme right, Mr Le Pen, Wilders, they are really good at making an analysis of the problem. And they immediately go completely overboard in providing a solution that would never work and is morally completely unacceptable,” said Mr Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission and a former Dutch foreign minister.
The Commission has tried and failed to win support among member states for a compulsory quota system to distribute tens of thousands of migrants that have arrived across the Mediterranean.
Mr Farage has said the policy would “lead to half a million Islamic extremists coming to our countries and posing a direct threat to our civilisation.”
Mr Timmermans said the European Union must be “more clear” to the public about the “consequences” of membership of the bloc and the single currency upon national sovereignty and policies, despite regarding the institutions as beneficial overall.
“We have in the past we have not been clear about the consequences, because we thought it is good and people understand it is good for them” he told an event in Brussels hosted by Politico, the news website. “But people are having second thoughts all across Europe.”
Well, it’s good we got all that out in the open then.
But if Nigel’s solutions are wrong and evil, then what is the other option?
Either we let in trillions of Africans or we don’t. If Nigel is correct they are a threat to civilization, then how do you make them no longer a threat, while still allowing them within our borders?
If the far-right’s proposals for solutions are wrong, then it seems to be it is up to the EU to explain what would be right, and we can go from there. Because clearly, the Merkel Stratagem is not going to fly.