Thursday, February 19, 2009

MEPs boo Klaus's call for free speech in EU

Bruno Waterfield, a blogger with The Telegraph, thinks that today's speech in the European Parliament, by Czech President Klaus, was the best one that was ever given over there.
Full speech of Václav Klaus (text, click)
Václav Klaus analyzed the democratic deficit of the EU, the importance of free speech and our sad experience with its suppression, the political origins of the ongoing economic downturn, the Treaty of Lisbon, many possible future directions of the EU, and other topics. Many MEPs were standing and applauding while others were booing and leaving. ;-)

See the last 5 minutes of the speech (in Czech), to get an idea about the stormy atmosphere. Go to 2:00:00 here for the full video (direct link for Windows Media Player).
YouTube playlist (also with English translation)
Most people in the room agree with Klaus but that's only because most of the deputies seem to be already gone. :-)

Klaus said that the economic downturns are like a flu: if you don't cure it, it takes 7 days. If you do, it takes a week. He was also surprised that Bastiat's famous fictitious petition from the 19th century - a request by candle producers who wanted to be protected by the government against an unfairly advantaged competitor, the Sun - became real in the EU's decision from November 2008 to add 60% tariffs on Chinese candles.

Avril Doyle, an Irish MEP, became the ultimate Nancy Hopkins of the room - the best representative of the second group from the previous sentence. With her voice trembling and screeching, she defined debate as a "recipe for chaos". Nice, indeed! Experimental evidence is always helpful to strengthen a theorist's point. :-)

A Spanish socialist deputy who seems proud to have been paid from the taxpayers' money for 15 years, for doing almost nothing, believes that the speech was a shame. Fortunately, Europe is strong enough to deal with the reactionaries like Klaus, he adds. Two proofs are better than one!

Face it: the European politics is thoroughly contaminated by totalitarian-minded likes of Ms Doyle and Mr González. For example, socialist leader Schulz thinks that only neo-fascists and anti-Europeans can support Klaus. The uniformized appendices of the budgets who are afraid of their troughs - and the lies that keep on feeding them - are literally everywhere. Compare González's short criticism (or a slightly longer one by Richard Corbett of the Labour Party) with the comprehensiveness of Roger Helmer, an MEP who loved Klaus's talk. (More MEP reactions here.) At any rate, it was the first time in 10 years when one could have cheered being an MEP.

See Google News or a one-minute video review by Euronews for more information about this story.


The current EU president, Czech prime minister Topolánek, would subscribe to every word of Klaus's speech. He was astonished by the reaction and described the press criticism as "shameless". Dear and mostly cheap journalistic hyenes, beware of Mr Topolánek's fist! :-)


  1. President Klaus gave an interview in English about his address to the European Parliament. EUX-TV has a few video excerpts here:

    In the second segment, Pres. Klaus says, 'To be a good guy, you must be [something indistinct that sounds a bit like "inkly hume"].'

    Do you, Dr Motl, or anyone else here, know what Pres. Klaus said? It's driving he nuts. What does it take to be considered one of the good guys in the EU, according to its current president?

  2. Ahoj Lubosi,

    taky jsem ted napsala o Klausove proslovu :)

    Jeden z ctenaru mi doporucil tvuj blog, tak si ho musim poradne procist!