After a week of turmoil Britain’s barely afloat, in Austria far-right opponents can gloat and it’s European Elections, so get out and vote!
This episode is supported by the European Parliament… and yes, much more coming up about that.
Starting with the UK, where it’s been a quiet week with not much troubling the headlines.
Ahahahaha. Only joking, OF COURSE it wasn’t! It began with Nigel Farage wearing a milkshake and is ending with speculation about a new Prime Minister.
On Monday a man in Newcastle doused Brexit Party leader and former debate dodging MEP Nigel Farage in milkshake, which I suppose is one way to express destain for political views.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 20, 2019
By Tuesday, politicians up and down the country feared a tsunami of milkshakes.
Berlaymonster innocently asked Hasbro if milkshake is too viscous for a SuperSoaker?
Is milkshake too viscose for a SuperSoaker?
Asking for a friend/nation. pic.twitter.com/2uYy2Dwcmn
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) May 20, 2019
And if you want to throw milkshakes at the far-right from the comfort of your own home, *Of course* there’s an online game to satisfy your urges reported EURACTIV’s Sam Morgan.
Want to throw milkshakes at far-right losers from the comfort of home? *Of course* there’s an online game to satisfy your urges https://t.co/oLiGhncA1i
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) May 22, 2019
On Wednesday rumours of a coup against Theresa May came to nowt, as the beleaguered leader refused to see the writing on the wall.
But by Thursday…
Wake me up on 31 October when Boris Johnson heads to Brussels to ask for an extension said Sam Lowe.
Wake me up on 31 October when Boris Johnson heads to Brussels to ask for an extension.
— Sam Lowe (@SamuelMarcLowe) May 21, 2019
Amid general speculation about whether the haystack haired politician could become the next leader. Most picturing him like this:
Least surprising news ever!
Anyone else thinking about emigrating? pic.twitter.com/O9KrTXLzxp
— Dylan Harrison #GTTO (@Dylan_PRH4Me) May 16, 2019
Others like this:
— Clo #FBPE (@lown_c) May 16, 2019
And a few like this:
I've grave concerns about #BorisJohnson becoming the leader of the Conservative Party. Many will know he's an ambitious, bigotted, serial liar but the general population – who worship the cult of personality & are ignorant of facts – may warm to his clownish buffoonery.
— Geri the Gerbil (@GHNeale) May 16, 2019
Spoof account General Boles imagined a Game of Thrones mash up and said It’s the ending nobody particularly wants, but at least it is an ending.
It's the ending nobody particularly wants but at least it is an ending pic.twitter.com/m5kHYl9JbV
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) May 22, 2019
Well how bad could Bran the Broken be?
Think the UK was the only country floundering in political intrigue? Austria: hold my beer…
— Anita 🌜 (@abiope_) May 18, 2019
On Saturday #Ibizagate started trending, as a leaked video – shot on the popular party isle – showed the Austrian Vice-Chancellor and leader of populist Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache offering government contracts in return for campaign help to a fake Russian backer.
Strache was forced to resign, as Angus Robertson reported.
Breaking News: Austrian Vice-Chancellor and leader of populist Freedom Party HC Strache confirms his resignation. Follows release of secret video discussion of cash for contracts and media takeover with Russian interests. New elections expected. #Austria #strachevideo #ibizagate pic.twitter.com/7211PfaFtG
— Angus Robertson (@AngusRobertson) May 18, 2019
Cue snap elections as the government breaks down.
BREAKING: Austria Chancellor Kurz announces snap elections after far-right vice #Strache’s corruption scandal with woman posing as Russian oligarch’s niece.#CultureOfCorruption💰 #StracheGate #StracheVideo #Europawahl #EP2019 https://t.co/ZvKyiFXdtW pic.twitter.com/7RiTLYwxl2
— Alice Stollmeyer (@StollmeyerEU) May 18, 2019
Guy Verhofstadt said the scandal highlights the importance of a free press and is the umpteenth proof that the extreme-right in Europe is colluding with the Russians to undermine liberal democracies.
The #Ibizagate scandal in Austria highlights the importance of a free press & is the umpteenth proof that the extreme-right in Europe is colluding with the Russians to undermine our liberal democracies.https://t.co/gPSxLpcAha
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) May 18, 2019
Indeed, the real shock here is that a Vengaboys song has unexpectedly become a protest anthem against the far right.
— Ragnar Weilandt (@RagnarWeilandt) May 18, 2019
Finally, there’s a little thing called the European Elections happening this week!
IT'S #EUElections2019 DAY! Go to vote and #tellEUrfriend to do the same!
🕖 Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm
📍 Visit https://t.co/7kdlCJimhN to find out where your nearest polling station is
🗳️ Learn more @ https://t.co/oLhV0dtXiU#ThisTimeImVoting pic.twitter.com/UyB88RyGVf
— Euro Parliament (@EP_Edinburgh) May 23, 2019
The UK and the Netherlands were first to the polls on Thursday, while the Irish and the Czechs vote on Friday and the rest of the continent at the weekend.
According to the S&Ds it’s simple you just VOTE
It’s simple 👇
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) May 23, 2019
Martini Seltzermayr said he wasn’t taking lessons about how to put a cross in the box from this crowd of international footballers
Not gonna take lessons about how to put a cross in the box from this crowd send tweet pic.twitter.com/qavcRO0wJ2
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) May 21, 2019
Well helpfully the European Students’ Union is on hand to explain how it works
European Parliament elections 2019: all you need to know about how they work 👉 https://t.co/y43Z93AK4w
— European Students' Union (@ESUtwt) May 23, 2019
Herne Hill Andy said repeat after me: the European elections are not the same as a general election.
Um, repeat after me: the European elections are not the same as a general election… https://t.co/M34COL3opT
— Herne Hill Andy (@hernehillandy) May 22, 2019
And the European Commission went to town on all the reasons to vote for the EU
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 21, 2019
But my favourite thing about the elections is the #DogsAtPollingStations hastag. Can we PLEASE get this trending across Europe this weekend!
This week we are supported by the European Parliament, so we are supporting them – get out and vote.