Nigel Farage is the leader of what will soon be the third largest party in Great Britain, UKIP, as they sit one percentage point behind the Liberal Democrats. They are of a libertarian bent, and created basically in opposition to the European Union.
Already, he sounds prescient. But what's best about him is that he tells it like it is - not to adoring crowds, but directly to the face of his adversaries.
This first clip is classic. To EU president Herman Van Rompuy in the Brussels chamber:
"You have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a bank clerk."
"Who are you? I've never heard of you, nobody in Europe has ever heard of you...who voted for you?"
Addressing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the successor to poor Van Rompuy
Mr Orbán, welcome.
After the six-month farce of the Belgian presidency it's nice to see an elected prime minister from a proper country...
And how I enjoyed your denouncement of communism as a dangerous ideology, and I noted the pride that you took in the fact that Hungary were the first country to take up arms against the Soviet Union.
Well 20 years after you won back your ability to govern yourselves democratically you are now part of a new European Union that increasingly shows similarities with that old Soviet Union. In fact you're going to meet lots of communists over the next six months, including the boss of the Commission here, old Barroso, who was an advocate of Chairman Mao.
You will see centralised economic planning and control. And above all what you'll see is a desire to impose a political union upon the peoples of Europe without their consent....
And one more...."What is the most commonly used word in association with the Euro? No, it's not 'failure', though it could be..."
Of course, the BBC hates him, and has labeled him as shifty-eyed, xenophobic, right wing nut. Which they try to reinforce pretty much very night. And while the people of England have been slower to realize the biases of their media outlets than we have on this side of the pond, they are beginning to awaken.
Truth be told, I'm jealous. We can use a man like Nigel Farage here in the states. The best we can do, apparently, is Mitt Romney. Sigh...