Someone has pointed out a very awkward problem with Nigel Farage's 'proper job' speech

Louis Dor
Wednesday 29 June 2016 17:30
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Nigel Farage's speech to the European parliament on Monday, following the Brexit result, didn't pull many punches.

His tone was pugnacious, as he rattled off a few barely-prepared words:

I know that virtually none of you have never done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job.

Nigel has spent the best part of the last 20 years as a single-issue anti-EU politician, living off a MEP's salary and often embroiled in expenses storms.

He also likes a 'proper lunch' or two.

Behind him, in seat 123 was sat Vytenis Andriukaitis.

He has become a bit more well-known around the UK recently, as he was spotted facepalming during Farage's speech.

Andriukaitis' family was deported to Siberia, where they grew up under strict Soviet rule. He later became a heart surgeon and a politician, and was one of the co-signatories of the act that re-established Lithuania as an independent state.

It has been pointed out that Nigel wasn't making that particular point when Andriukaitis' head was in his hands - and indeed he may have had Andriukaitis in mind when he said "virtually none".

This is true, Vytenis' head was in his hands for the following part of the speech:

Even no deal is better for the United Kingdom than the current rotten deal that we’ve got. But if we were to move to a position where tariffs were reintroduced on products like motorcars then hundreds of thousands of German workers would risk losing their jobs.

Why don’t we be grown up, pragmatic, sensible, realistic and let’s cut between us a sensible tariff-free deal and thereafter recognise that the United Kingdom will be your friend.

Andriukaitis has had his say in a blog post on why his head was in his hands.

Yesterday, with my fellow EU Commissioners, I attended the extraordinary session in the European Parliament. Some photos – particularly that of my right hand - and videos have spread on social media. You will have seen me grimacing and trying to hide my despair while Nigel Farage spoke.

I have enjoyed reading the many comments and can confirm that I do indeed appreciate British humour. But as tweets were exchanged, I felt it was important to share some more serious thoughts on how I felt yesterday in the Parliament.

I was and still am fully with all the British people. I am with all those who voted against financial speculation uncovered in the 'Panama papers' and with those who voted against unemployment and decreasing standards of living. However, sadly, many votes will have been influenced by the lies spread by some representatives of the Leave campaign.

You can read his full response here.

Watch Farage's speech, below:

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