Ann Widdecombe has certainly been busy at causing controversy at the European Parliament this week but what exactly did she say?
The new session of the European Parliament has certainly been getting plenty of attention in recent days and it's no thanks to Nigel Farage and his recently formed Brexit Party that coverage of the European Parliament has taken such prominence on centre-stage.
In just a few days, we've seen the Brexit Party turn their back on the European anthem and been 'treated' to quite the speech from Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe.
But what did she say and why has it caused such uproar? [Warning: article contains political opinions]
“There is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors. Slaves against their owners. The peasantry against the feudal barons.”— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) 4 July 2019
Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe makes her maiden speech in the European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/AURtKG3Pu2
What did Ann Widdecombe say?
As you can see from the video above, Widdecombe's comments aren't exactly tepid as she spouts off in a fit of rage akin to the crazy old cat lady from The Simpsons.
She begins her speech with an attack on the EU's supposed lack of democracy, stating that the elections held for the role of the European Parliament's President "were a betrayal."
Moments later she turns tack and takes on the role of victim, comparing Britain's Brexit plight to that of slavery or escaping from colonialism saying that: "there is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on their oppressors; slaves against their owners, peasants against the feudal barons and colonies against their empires."
What a load of utter tosh, to put it politely.
Why has it caused such an uproar?
It's unsurprising that Ann Widdecombe, the same woman who suggested just weeks ago that science 'may provide the answer to being gay', erupted with such a controversial speech.
Her attack on the EU's supposed lack of democracy completely ignores the fact that she, a mere two months ago, was voted into her seat in the democratic Europeans elections and also completely ignores the fact that the European Parliament's new President, David Sassoli, was also democratically elected into his position by the already elected MEPs. How is that not democratic? Anyone?
However, it is what follows that has caused the biggest stir among commentators on social media. Comparing Britain's failing attempts to leave the EU, at the country's own making, with the plight of slaves and colonies breaking away from empires is simply beyond belief.
How someone can seriously be that arrogant of history is just baffling. The facts Widdecombe appears to ignore are that Britain, at one stage in history, was probably the leading light in the transporting of slaves. And as for the colonies leaving empires, it's almost as if she doesn't realise that it was the oppressive British empire that all these colonies wanted to break away from.
To call Britain oppressed by being a member of the EU is completely ludicrous as it's offered us freedoms never before seen throughout history.
Thanks to the EU, we're able to freely live, work and travel in 27 other countries that are all on our doorstep; we have access to the biggest free-trade market in the world, which is continuing to grow, and Ann Widdecombe and her Brexit Party colleagues are willing to throw all of that away for what? A fantasised dream of a Britain that never existed?
As if Brexit wasn't already enough of a national embarrassment, we get this.
On the plus side, it wasn't just the Brexit Party that got seats in the EU elections and the Lib Dem MEP Martin Horwood reassuringly offers up some much needed common sense and even a splash of that famous British sense of humour in his short speech.
Ann Widdecombe of the Brexit Party "does not represent the views of everyone in Britain" @MartinChelt tells the European Parliament.— Lib Dem MEPs ️ (@LibDemMEPs) 4 July 2019
#Brexit is not inevitable!
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