Clarke mock­ingly praises Farage over anti-EU myths

i Newspaper - - NEWS - By Nigel Morris

Ken­neth Clarke re­ceived the rare ac­co­lade of ap­plause in the Com­mons as he mocked claims that bent ba­nanas had been out­lawed by Euro­pean Union bu­reau­crats.

The for­mer Tory chan­cel­lor (in­set) praised Nigel Farage for his suc­cess in con­vinc­ing the pub­lic that Brus­sels was re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing “vast quan­ti­ties of aw­ful leg­is­la­tion and red tape”.

He said: “I pay tribute to Nigel Farage’s cam­paign­ing abil­i­ties – there’s ab­so­lutely no doubt he’s the most suc­cess­ful politi­cian of my gen­er­a­tion, be­cause he has per­suaded a high pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion that that is ex­actly how it runs. “And they’re all look­ing for­ward to hav­ing bent ba­nanas again once we ac­tu­ally re­peal this piece of leg­is­la­tion.”

Mr Clarke added: “I fought an elec­tion once where sev­eral of my con­stituents – quite a lot of them – had been per­suaded that the Euro­crats were about to abol­ish dou­ble decker buses, and it took some con­sid­er­able time to try to re­fute that rather wor­ry­ing be­lief.”

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