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The whole point of having a parliament is to have a place you can have the mad men pissing out rather than everyone pissing in to the institutions. They can be as mad as they like in there, providing exemplary exhibitions of what things would be like if they really got some power.

At the moment the EP is largely for show anyway, or let us be charitable, in an embryonic state, whereas the real power is wielded in the Commission and Council. Farage is a clown in a circus act who provides "reasonable people" with lots of opportunities to "tut tut" in an "adult, responsible" way and feel all morally superior about it.

He does more to discredit far right nationalism than "reasonable people" ever could. I think Macron is wrong to think the Presence of Brexiteers in the EP elections will embolden far right nationalists elsewhere: rather they will serve as a cautionary example.

Farage can even achieve the difficult feat of making Macron sound reasonable by comparison, when he isn't preening himself with delusions of grandeur, that is...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 10:29:51 AM EST
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That was always the myth on this side of the pond as well: Send them to Washington (or the statehouse) because we don't want them around home.  Reality has proved darker.  Even in stable times, the loonies in office inspire and enable the loonies at home in the basements and the back rooms.  In times of crisis (It happened here before the Civil War, and it's happening again.), the loonies become sufficiently inspired to start shooting, bombing, and generally taking to the streets like latter-day Brownshirts.  Yes', they're a minority.  So were the Nazis when they took over.  And they don't even have to take over.  They don't have to win to make everyone else lose.
by rifek on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 04:57:10 PM EST
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