Clarke mockingly praises Farage over anti-EU myths
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.”