Category Archives: Europe

Creepiest political ad ever? Voting for Putin is like losing your virginity

A controversial Russian election campaign advert compares voting for Vladimir Putin to losing your virginity. While the clip perhaps showcases a gentler side to Russian politics than often violent campaign intimidation, this disturbing video is a masterclass in creepiness.

With a young girl informing a fortune teller that it will be her “first time”, a tarot card with Vladimir Putin’s image on it is followed by the slogan:

“Putin. The first time — only for love.”

This is not the first time Putin’s campaign has taken to full-blown sexual innuendo as an electoral strategy. Back in November, Scrapbook’s attention was drawn to a comparably disturbing video featuring a couple emerging tousle-haired after an encounter in, erm, a polling booth.

It seems Putin is picking up from where Berlusconi left off — as the dirty old man of European politics. 

Drink/drugs MEP Bloom said student Parliament visitor had “good tits”

Following on from Scrapbook’s earlier story on Godfrey Bloom, the UKIP MEP who addressed the European Parliament after consuming a combination of drink and prescription drugs,  it seems only fair to take this opportunity to paint a more detailed picture of our new boozed-up muse in the best way we know: a greatest hits of his idiocy.

Prolific in the art of foot in mouth, the member representing Yorkshire and the Humber was clearly expecting this day to come, with a litany of misogynistic, climate change denying and xenophobic comments lying in his wake:

  • Beginning with his first transgression, on assuming office in 2004, Bloom wasted little time before sparking controversy, suggesting he wanted to deal with women’s issues because: “I just don’t think they clean behind the fridge enough”.
  • Attempting to rectify this faux pas, the UKIP politician subsequently invited a group of female students to Brussels, only to be accused of sexual harassment and overheard commenting on a colleague: “Isn’t she the most delicious bimbette? Absolutely thick, but good tits”.
  • Away from misogyny and alcohol, the Yorkshire-based MEP has also vehemently denied man-made climate change, claiming it’s little more than a hypothesis.
  • Was faced with calls to resign after praising the French secret service for their role in sinking a Greenpeace ship in 1985.
  • And to complete the set, back in 2010, Bloom was ejected from the European Parliament after he heckled a German member of the chamber with the Nazi slogan: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer”, which means one people, one empire, one leader.

Tellingly, Godfrey Bloom admits he has always been “deeply suspicious of received wisdom”, with his track record, you wouldnt’ have guessed it!

UKIP MEP makes Euro Parliament speech on booze and drugs cocktail

A UKIP MEP has admitted being “drugged up” on a cocktail of alcohol and prescription painkillers while making a speech in the European Parliament. Godfrey Bloom (pictured above with party leader Nigel Farage) stumped colleagues in Strasbourg last week, interrupting a debate on sport with a bizarre question about a university rugby club.

Departing from his usually brisk and coherent delivery, Godfrey slurred his words as Tory MEP Emma McClarkin shook her head:

Bloom told Scrapbook that he was “drugged up” on “very heavy medication” after breaking his collarbone in a riding accident. But despite initial denials that he had been drinking, Bloom, who has previously had to be “carried out of the chamber” after drinking, eventually conceded that he had “probably had a couple of beers”.

Perhaps we should find Bloom’s “open letter to landlords” — in which the MEP brags at having drunk more than 17,000 pints in his lifetime — instructive:

“I take beer seriously …. I don’t go for ‘a pint’. I am a session man.”

We wish Godfrey a speedy recovery from his riding injury.

Eric Cantona launches bid to become president of France

Former Manchester United player Eric Cantona has launched a bid to become the president of France. The eccentric striker has written to mayors requesting that they nominate him for the contest to be held on 22 April, with a possible run-off on 6 May.

Planning to make housing a major theme of his campaign, he claims he was motivated to enter the contest due to his “keen sense of [his] responsibility to a time when our country is in front of difficult choices”.

Scrapbook trusts the 45 year-old he has learned to control his temper:

“Ooh ahh! Voix pour moi!”

Silvio Berlusconi “asked Gordon Brown for Naomi Campbell’s number”

Tales of Silvio Berlusconi’s womanising and “bunga bunga parties” are manifold. But it was hitherto unknown that The Great Seducer was given to asking foreign leaders for celebrities’ personal contact details.

Speaking at a private lunch for the asset management firm Carlyle Group in Paris this week, Gordon Brown revealed that Berlusconi had approached him at a G20 meeting to ask him if he could get Naomi Campbell’s mobile number.

Scrapbook cannot resist speculating why, exactly, the Italian premier assumed Gordon would have Naomi’s digits and what on earth the Streatham supermodel and the dour Scot had in common?

With Campbell’s predilection for throwing mobile phones at the hired help, did Silvio detect a mutual passion for airborne communication devices?

Climate change denial Tory MEPs rebel to vote with UKIP and BNP

Conservatives MEPs have been branded “extremists” after rebelling against their own party’s policy on climate change. Votes in the European Parliament put them at loggerheads with all five mainstream political groupings in Brussels, with the Conservative members choosing to ally themselves with, erm, UKIP and the BNP.

In a slap in the face for David Cameron’s Vote Blue Go Green mantra, the European Tories voted:

  • against a paragraph stating that scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows the impacts of climate change.
  • against a call to move beyond a 20% emissions reduction target.
  • against a paragraph welcoming an 80% carbon reduction by 2050.

Cameron’s recent problems with seditious backbenchers in Westminster come off the back of long-standing rebellion and controversy in Europe. During his leadership campaign, he pledged to pull out of the centre-right European People’s Party, to form a new European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR)

The voting record of parties in the ECR is a shameful embarrassment to the Conservatives, with the deputy PM famously describing the group as:

“nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists and homophobes”

They’re going out of their way to prove Clegg right.

Finalmente e’ arrivato il conto: the smuggest photos of Berlusconi

UPDATE JULY 2013: Another guilty verdict. But will he get off as he did after this post from 2011?

While bond markets may not love Silvio Berlusconi, the Scrapbook team have found ourselves lamenting the possibly imminent departure of the bunga bunga-partying septuagenarian.

To commemorate his entertaining, if not entirely prudent stewardship of the Italian economy, here are nine pictures of Il Cavaliere at his conceited best.

The “restaurants may be full” but Silvio Berlusconi is now off the menu.

Today’s fight in the Italian parliament

The Italian budget crisis has been dominating the news for most of the day, and it seems to have finally become all too much for some of the deputies in the Italian Parliament. Tensions boiling over resulted in a fight breaking out, leading to the Parliament being temporarily suspended for several minutes afterwards.

The fist fight was reportedly due to sarcastic remarks made on TV by speaker Gianfranco Fini about the wife of Umberto Bossi, Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition partner.

Berlusconi, meanwhile, can count this as one scandal for which he won’t be blamed, as he is today attending a vital meeting with EU leaders about the ongoing Eurozone crisis.

No video footage has yet emerged, so Scrapbooks’ animation is the closest thing to viewing the fracas.

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