“The following UK MEPs will attend..”

As Mark Devenport notes, the UK MEPs heading to the Copenhagen Climate Conference as part of the official European Parliament delegation look to be a representative interesting bunch.

The following UK MEPs will attend the UN Climate Change Conference as part of the official European Parliament delegation: Linda McAvan MEP (Lab, Yorks & Humber); Bairbre de Brún MEP (Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland); Nick Griffin MEP (BNP, North West).

  • Clanky

    I can just imagine Babs and Nick having a beer after the conference and chatting about deforestation.

  • DR

    you can just see them peering out at the little mermaid, the stars come out, the northern lights shimmer, their eyes meet and the magnetism is unstoppable…

  • Mark McGregor


    What’s interesting about it? They are all on the ENVI Committee, it is perfectly natural they’d be interested in being part of the larger delegation attending. I’d be more interested in why so many others didn’t join them.

    Maybe the problem is both you and Devenport don’t understand, or are deliberately downplaying, the European Parliament Committee and Delegation system forces people from diverse backgrounds to work on the same issues, sit in the same rooms and attend the same meetings.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    What’s different about them, other than the fact that she admits she *has* supported fascist murder, whereas he claims he hasn’t?

  • Mark McGregor

    I will also add, highlighting the major coverage from BBCNI and many others on the current Term of the European Parliament has been on, who has been sitting near a BNP Deputy, is a reflection of the level of coverage and its nature by many/most of the MSM and beyond when it comes to such an influential political body.

  • Dec


    I’m pretty sure that it’s just a case of Pete noticing that he’d gone almost 4 hours without putting up a thread where he attempts to be amusing about SF. And to think Mick thinks this site is still short of Unionist bloggers.

  • As with most people in NI, she should be used to his likes……. from her experiances with the UUP, DUP, TUV….. ie. right wing fundamentalist loonies.

    She should be able to communicate with a lot of the other representatives at the meeting; how many European languages does she speak? and he speaks which ones ?

  • Drumlins Rock

    is Pete under 5’6″? maybe thats what Mick meant. Mark you have to admitt it is a bit ironic that two of the official represenatives from the UK (via Europe) are from 2 parties at the extremes of public opinion, probably not a bad thing on this occasion to be honest, all you need is Mrs Dodds to really liven things up!

  • Mark McGregor

    As I’ve mentioned the Dodds complaint on having to sit near the BNP in Plenary – that was the most ridiculous complaint I’ve heard from an MEP and by god there are some stonkers). She was essentially complaining about the alphabet!

    The groups in Parliament are allocated seat blocs together. The non-inscrit get a group of seats together and their positions on those seats are ,a href=”http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sed/hemicycle.do”>allocated in alphabetical order.

    So one of the major pieces of EU coverage we have locally is a new MEP immediately giving off that the alphabet is conspiring against her. She should be given a seat in the naughty corner with a dunces hat for that useless garbage.

  • iluvni

    Interesting turnout in the House of Commons for the European Affairs debate the other day.
    Not one NI MP in attendance throughout.

  • DC

    This is going to be a massive conference-thing and great business opportunities across the scale, private and public etc. Massive.

    These guys don’t wanna miss out on it, hence the the broad range of people going there.

  • Mark McGregor


    No, I don’t think it ironic. I understand European politics to some extent and find the fact other ‘British’ (I assume that snark was part of the aim of the post) members from Political Groups sitting on the ENVI Committee didn’t think attending a UN Climate Change Conference was worthwhile relevant. The Greens Jill Evans stands out as a noticeable absentee.

    This stuff about who ends up in a room with the BNP Reps is just meaningless, pointless tabloid fluff. Its a demonstration of the failings of the media when it comes to covering European politics.

    That’s my rant over.

  • Nollaig a chara

    Babs would eat and shit Nick Griffin…she can be very sharpe when needs be

  • Nollaig a chara

    I also hope bairbre makes a point that she is not British or representing anything british…

  • Mark McGregor

    Apologies in my hasty rant I said I assumed the tag ‘British’ was a snark driving much of the original posting. Of course the possible snark was ‘UK’.

  • Pete Baker


    “British” would have been snark.

    “UK” is just factual.

  • Mark McGregor

    Cheers Pete.

    Now we have a proper ‘snark’.

    As you and Devenport treat the Conference as a NI seating/designation issue – odd, anal and wrong.

  • Mark McGregor


    I’m sure others will notice you failed to deal with any of the early substantive points on the workings of the EP and how this entry is based on tabloidism and misinformed opinion on Europe.

    What says [ed]?

  • Pete Baker

    “Snark” = factual statement?

    Odd that.

  • IRIA

    Mark: We’ve noticed. As soon as I saw “UK”, I assumed it was going to be a PB post and would contain an attempt at snark.

    More posts about space from PB, and less about SF would be nice.

  • Wilde Rover

    Laughing (Tory) Unionist,

    “What’s different about them, other than the fact that she admits she *has* supported fascist murder, whereas he claims he hasn’t?”

    Now I’m laughing Laughing (Tory) Unionist at your hilarious quip, because of course the BNP are against your imperial exploits in far flung lands and all the killing that goes with it.

    Well how about this for an amusing tale. You ever hear the one about the two Best of British boys who dressed up as Arabs and were stopped by the Iraqi police and arrested for driving a booby trapped car? You know, around the time all the rag heads were blowing up each others mosques? Well, the rag heads had the temerity to lock up these British heroes and their equally brave buddies had to drive a tank through the wall of the jail to spring them.

    Because we all know, Laughing (Tory) Unionist, that blowing up mosques with the intention of sparking a sectarian blood bath is not fascist murder because it is done by the British State.

    That’s right, blowing up children is cool, as long as you are doing it for Queen and Country.

    So let’s all laugh at the dead rag heads.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    ‘And the winner of the International Category Whataboutery for 2009 goes to …’ and this at this point, Kylie smiles at the audience. Invited guests of Slugger’s WestBritathon09 gaze upwards at the podium, sipping from their BNFL branded flutes of champagne, before the petite popstrel continues, ‘… Slugger’s very own Wilde Rover’. The lobbyists, PR flacks and public sector wasters pound the table at the Ramada with what passes for enthusiasm, but could easily be mistaken for a hundred cigars being dropped, then picked up again simultaneously. After the break, this years award for best post from Themmun pretending to be Usun.

  • 6countyprod

    No warming in the past 11 years and early snow in Texas, so let’s have a global-warming conference in Copenhagen: 16,500 delegates – private jets – presidential convoys – 12 days – plush hotels – catered food – lot’s of hot air – 40,584 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    That should help get things moving again!

  • bosco


    Is Nigel Dodds not a NI MP? Don’t let facts get in the way of a post, but i think you’ll find he must have been there as he made an intervention.

    mark mcg

    it comes as no suprise that you would have no issue with sitting beside Griffin.

  • Wilde Rover

    Laughing (Tory) Unionist,

    Oh oh oh, what do I win? I hope it’s a kilo of uncut Afghan smack freshly delivered from the Pipeline War. I could make a killing with it in Ballymena.

  • Mark McGregor


    Indeed. I have no problems with respecting the rules of a legitimate political body. Unlike Deputy Dodds.

  • joe conroy

    Interesting connection between Bairbre and Nick Griffin. I always wondered how a guy with such an Irish surname could be so opposed to UK immigration. I imagine that his Irish forebearer would have been banned from England if Griffin’s policies were in place in the past.

    However maybe Nick Griffin has been swept up on all this recent Irish Diaspora fad and has decided to rejoin the Celtic clan

  • Dave

    Joe Conroy, the BNP regard Ireland as being as part of the United Kingdom, so they have the same policy as the Shinners. The difference is that the Shinners pretend that isn’t their policy whereas the BNP don’t. The Irish nation is not ‘foreign’ to the BNP:

    “In the long run, we wish to end the conflict in Ireland by welcoming Eire as well as Ulster as equal partners in a federation of the nations of the British Isles.”


  • joe conroy


    many thanks for the information. So its not just right wing nationalism that they both have in common