European Unionism

Mick has blogged on some difficulties facing the Tories new political grouping in the European Parliament. However, Jim Nicholson has also suffered as a result of sticking with his UCUNF colleagues. After many years as a Quaestor in the European Parliament (one of 5 MEPs elected by colleagues to look after administration in the Parliament) his decision to stick with the Conservatives and pals meant his fellow MEPs decided that he was no longer fit for purpose and dumped him from the role.

Also, while Diane Dodds is making public noises on distancing herself from the BNP, I wonder how real her complaints and cordon sanitaire will be when she realises as a fellow ‘non-inscrit’ she will have to negotiate either directly or at one remove, via a shared supporting secretariat, with them and other fascists like the Hungarian Jobbik and French Front National on matters such as speaking time in Plenary.