• What we are seeing in Europe is the complete and total failure of supranationalism. While cooperation between independent nations has always been important, the last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union's brand of authoritarian dogma. Much of what I have been warning about for many years indeed is playing out on the world stage - a Greek tragedy that beggars belief.
For many years in the European Parliament I have done my best to point out how the EU's bullying tactics are not just undemocratic, but anti-democratic. I have been derided, called names, and so on (don't worry, I can take it). But now, with the EU's nauseating approach to Greek sovereignty, it is clear that more and more people are waking up to the dangers of this supranational beast sweeping aside national sovereignty completely. Many who had continued to believe until very recently that the EU was compassionate and forward-looking are beginning to realise just how backwards the whole project is.
If I was a Greek politician, I would vote against the deal that has been thrust upon it by the EU and their own Prime Minister, who I believe has let the people of his country down badly. Indeed, I said in my speech to Alexis Tsipras in the European Parliament that he should be brave, bite the bullet and lead his country out of the Eurozone. He could have done so with his head held extremely high indeed, given the huge mandate that the Greek people had handed him with a resounding "No" vote.
Instead, the 61 per cent of those who said "Oxi" to the European Union's deal have been led to accept one even worse than that. Mass public democracy has seemingly died in a ditch in Greece, as always happens when the EU is involved. Just remember how Ireland, the only country to have a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, voted "No", and were made to vote again until the EU had the right answer. No never quite means No to the bully boys in Brussels.