- Farage debate claim: EU has “blood on its hands” over Crimea
- Back in 2004 he tried to blame EU for letter bomb campaign
- Staffer for British MEP was injured when device exploded
While his performance included a stumble on gay marriage and weak excuses for employing his wife with taxpayers’ money (VIDEO), it is Nigel Farage’s controversial comments on Crimea which have emerged as the most prominent black spot on his snap poll victory.
One Farage comment last night still rumbling – "Imperialist EU has blood on hands" – claims it provoked Ukraine uprising so provoked Putin.
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) March 27, 2014
Nigel Farage was at his most idiotic when he said the EU had blood on his hands over Ukraine. Putin will be delighted by him. Ludicrous.
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) March 26, 2014
Nigel has form in this area. In 2004 an Italian anarchist group sent letter bombs to European political leaders, with one exploding at the Manchester office of Labour MEP Gary Titley.
This prompted Farage to claim that this was the, errr, “price of forcing a political ideal on people”:
“We have spent 10 years warning that the route the European Union has chosen for itself, to swallow up nation states without giving the people of Europe the final say, was destined to end in civil unrest and violence.
“It would appear that that prediction is now coming true.
“We can only hope that the EU comes to its senses and listens to the people.
“If it fails to do so, then there is clearly a very real danger of an accelerating wave of attacks as more and more extremist groups resort to violence as they are denied democracy.”
Justifying terrorism anyone?