A bit of a fuss at the EU parliament as far-right MEP Maciej Giertych praises Spanish dictator.
Yes, you did read that right. During a parliamentary debate in Strasburg on how nasty General Franco was (?) Maciej Giertych, far right father of far right education minister Roman Giertych, said he longed for the days of strong men ruling Europe with an iron first. Quoted in EU Observer, he said:
'The presence of such personalities as Franco, Salazar or DeValera in European politics guaranteed Europe's perseverance of traditional values. We lack such men of action these days.'
Yeah, I’ve read about it in the history books. Goose stepping in long shinny boots; when men were men and Bavarian sheep got nervous? That kind of thing?
Giertych told an opened mouthed EU parliament:
‘We observe in deep sorrow some attempts of historical revisionism which tends to criticize all that is traditional and Catholic while portraying in a positive light all that is lay and socialist.’
Oh, I see. He supports Franco because he ‘kept the commies at bay’ - that kind of argument. Like the one they use to justify Augusto Pinochet?
And then I lose Giertych’s argument completely:
‘Let's not forget that Nazism in Germany and fascism in Italy were also spiced up by socialist and atheist taste.’
German socialist leader Martin Schulz wasn’t having that:
‘What we have just heard is Mr Franco's ghost. It was a fascist speech and such a statement has no place in the European Parliament,’
Schultz then started shouting “You Nazis” at protesting rightist Polish MEPs.
All in a days fun, these days, down at the EU parliament.
The culture war in Europe continues...