Nicola Sturgeon flexes her muscles, new MEPs make the trip to Brussels, and top Tory wannabes caught in drug-taking tussles. This episode is supported EDAA find out more about them at the end.
On Tuesday Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Brussels.
She met with Juncker and Michel Barnier and had a good discussion on issues of common interest and the state of play of Brexit according to Commission Spokesman Margaritis Schinas.
President @JunckerEU – with @MichelBarnier – welcomes First Minister of #Scotland @NicolaSturgeon. Good discussion on issues of common interest and the state of play of #Brexit. pic.twitter.com/HDzxzuH8JX
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) June 11, 2019
But speaking to the BBC outside the Berlaymont she described Brexit as “a horror show,” said all the current Tory candidates “would be disastrous for the UK”.
“It is a horror show.
“I think all of the candidates would be disastrous for the UK”
— Glenn Campbell (@GlennBBC) June 11, 2019
and accused Jeremy Hunt of “pathetic and childish” behaviour after he withdrew support for the first minister’s trip to Brussels to talk to EU leaders.
Nicola Sturgeon calls Jeremy Hunt 'childish and pathetic' after Brussels visithttps://t.co/KYrOCvJ6y9
— 🏴Patrick_Woodside🏴🇪🇺 (@pjwoodside) June 11, 2019
Later in the day she told EURACTIV’s Sam Stolton that the case for Scottish independence is ‘more urgent’ in the context of a hard Brexit.
Sitting down with @NicolaSturgeon earlier today, she told me that the case for Scottish independence is 'more urgent' in the context of a hard #Brexit. Article + video here @EURACTIV https://t.co/8wmjkOAx7k
— Samuel Stolton (@SamuelStolton) June 11, 2019
Alastair McGregor was impressed: no flannel, no mumbling, head & shoulders above other politicos, he said.
Listened last night to a Q&A in Brussels where Nicola fielded questions from the press. Answered all the questions directly, no flannel, no mumbling, knew her brief. She makes @theresa_may & @RuthDavidsonMSP look so inept & unprofessional.Head & shoulders above all brit politicos
— Alistair McGregor 🐝 🏴 🇰🇪 (@gregalach) June 12, 2019
Mhairi Hunter was just glad it wasn’t a discussion about drugs or who would win a fight between a lion & a bear!
If you are bored of politicians telling you what drugs they have taken or who would win a fight between a lion & a bear here is a proper speech.
— Mhairi Hunter (@MhairiHunter) June 11, 2019
More about that later. But first… also showing up in Brussels, many for the first time, was the new crop of MEPs.
Delara Burkhardt was excited to sign for her first Progressives Group Meeting.
— Delara Burkhardt 🇪🇺🌹 (@delarabur) June 11, 2019
Prompting spoof account, MEP assistants to tweet: “Awww. It’s always an emotional moment the first time they get 320€ just for signing a piece of paper and make the causal link between the two.”
Awww. It's always an emotional moment the first time they get 320€ just for signing a piece of paper and make the causal link between the two. https://t.co/ZFtGV5k8bk
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) June 11, 2019
And speaking of MEP Assistants, Bruno Waterfield wondered whether this was the new standard for auditions?!
Auditions for new assistants? https://t.co/Ntqbo9Hwxe
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) June 11, 2019
Quite a contrast to Westminster commented Darren McCaffrey.
WATCH: The European Parliament this morning, quite a contrast to Westminster most days…
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) June 11, 2019
Richard Tice was on his first trip to Brussels… but hoping for not too many more!
First trip to Brussels 😬hope not too many more🙏but worried by Tory PM Candidate noises……anyway I plan to donate any net monthly salary to small specialist UK charities. Asking Twitter followers for help: first theme is to help ex offenders into work. Ideas welcome pic.twitter.com/z0nAifCkIA
— Richard Tice (@TiceRichard) June 10, 2019
Fellow Brexiteer Lance Forman meanwhile claimed that there’s “No need to take taxis in Brussels if you’re an MEP. As the British taxpayer has paid for a nice fleet of Mercedes.”
No need to take taxis in Brussels if you’re an MEP. Thankfully the British taxpayer has paid for a nice fleet of Mercs and very charming drivers. pic.twitter.com/PknUazUOUC
— Lance Forman MEP elect (@LanceForman) June 11, 2019
Evan O’Connell – and many many others – pointed out: That’s a Skoda.
That's a Skoda, you absolute plank. https://t.co/QKcoso11qn
— Evan O'Connell (@evanoconnell) June 11, 2019
And the whole Twittersphere spiralled downhill from there. So even if/when Brexit happens, it’s going to be a VERY long few months!
Much more upbeat showing around the new young Green MEPs was Terry – definitely not a granny at all – Reintke, who urged them to rock this parliament.
Granny Terry and the young newly elected @greensep MEPs.
Sooo excited to work with all of you. Let’s rock this parliament!
— Terry Reintke (@TerryReintke) June 12, 2019
EPP arrivals also posed for the obligatory photo:
Great exchange between MEPs and MPs. We believe strong political dialogue between EU, national and local politicians not only makes the EU more responsive to citizens but also strengthens our priorities and initiatives in the EU. #AmbitiousEurope #ThePowerofWe @Esther_de_Lange pic.twitter.com/VDDLAIxcbE
— EPP Group (@EPPGroup) June 11, 2019
And new Die Partei MEP, Nico Semsrott is taking no chances about being recognised on his new badge: “For all those who have asked I will also be sitting in plenary wearing this hoodie.”
How very on-brand!
And if branding is your thing, then you couldn’t miss the news that ALDE has changed its name to “Renew Europe”.
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) June 12, 2019
Cue lots of people wondering how to refer to the group in passing…
Finally in the UK Conservative leader race to be next Prime Minister, candidates were tripping over themselves to reveal past bad behaviour.
So, how does the drug taking competition currently stand?
*Michael Gove – cocaine
*Boris Johnson – cocaine
*Rory Stewart – opium
*Dominic Raab – cannabis
*Jeremy Hunt – cannabis
— Matt (@MATTxLAW) June 8, 2019
Jeremy Hunt admitted to sipping a canabis lassi in India.
"Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, has said he once drank a cannabis lassi in India."
Made me burst out laughing. We're in a bad state either way, but I can't tell if they're trying to out-cool or out-lame each other
— Ben Jones 🐇 (@Powersaurus) June 9, 2019
And Rory Stewart is allegedly an opium fiend – you wouldn’t know it to look at him
Indeed John McDougal reckons he’s the one that’s tripping.
Rory Stewart might have smoked opium, but in all honesty he looks like i'm the one that's tripping. pic.twitter.com/36x9dBhznU
— John McDougall (@MrMcDiddle) June 12, 2019
But the prize for dodgiest admission goes to Michael Gove who copped to using cocaine as a young journalist.
James Felton was one of many to point out the hypocrisy.
Hi I'm Michael Gove. I still believe people like me who take cocaine should face maximum sentences of 7 years in the fucking slammer. Please vote me for PM.pic.twitter.com/YPYtEWzgPz
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 9, 2019
The front pages, predictably reacted with glee!
The Metro on Monday urged candidates to “FORM A LINE HERE”
— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) June 9, 2019
While the Sun went with a gag about crack.
— The Sun (@TheSun) June 10, 2019
But honestly, as former MEP Roger Helmer asked: Is Gove’s cocaine confession designed to prevent a damaging leak? Or does he think it makes him look hip, woke, and with it?
Is Gove’s cocaine confession designed to prevent a damaging leak? Or does he think it makes him look hip, woke and with it? pic.twitter.com/DumXekGAbn
— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) June 8, 2019
However MEP Richard Corbett said that if a teacher admitted to having taken drugs, he/she would lose their job. But when Gove, Johnson, et al admit to it, they can still go on – and even aspire to be euPM! One rule for ordinary people, another for the Tory elite…
One rule for ordinary people, another for the #Tory elite…
— Richard Corbett (@RCorbettMEP) June 9, 2019
Tim Stanley summed it up: Kids, don’t do drugs. You could end up a Tory MP.
Kids, don't do drugs. You could end up a Tory MP.
— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) June 8, 2019
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