Now that the Commissioner-Designate Hearings are over, we can look back on the choicest moments. Not that there are very many as MEPs, on the whole, take their duties at these Hearings very seriously.
None more so perhaps than the appalling Godfrey Bloom (UKIP Yorkshire and Humberside).
While attending the hearing of Michel Barnier, French EPP Commissioner-Designate for the Internal Market, Mr Bloom claimed that he represented the City of London. As London MEP I take great exception to Mr Bloom’s claim. I’m sure the same goes for the rest of my London colleagues, including presumably UKIP’s very own Gerard Batten.
However, good triumphed in the end.
Mr Barnier, an experienced politician who doesn’t miss a trick, replied to Mr Bloom with the immortal words: “I (Barnier) thought you represented your constituents.”
Michel Barnier maximum points, Godfrey Bloom absolutely none and a well deserved kick in the teeth.