• UKIP Leader Nigel Farage today demanded that European Council President Hermann Van Rompuy apologise for meeting and clasping the hand of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
Speaking in Barnsley, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:
"I would like to draw people's attention to a photograph of Mr Van Rompuy smiling and clasping the hand of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi at the EU-Africa Summit on 29 November 2010.
"Mr Cameron has apologised for any support that Britain may have given to the Libyan regime. I would now like to hear from European Council president Van Rompuy. Will he now apologise for smiling and clasping the hand of the Libyan dictator?"
Farage continued: "Lets have a quick look at the man Van Rompuy was shaking hands with in December shall we.
"Gaddafi: This is a man who has declared jihad, holy war on Switzerland after the people voted to stop the building of Islamic minarets. He is a jihadist.
"This is man who demanded that the countries of the EU give him 5 billion euro or he would flood the continent with Africans. So he is a blackmailer.
"This is a man who gleefully clasped the Lockerbie bomber in his embrace and threatened the UK if they did not release Al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber. He is a harbourer of convicted murderers.
"Colonel Gaddafi is not he sort of man that democrats can visibly support. I now demand that Hermann Van Rompuy apologise for meeting and clasping the hand of this dictator."
Herman Van Rompuy wrote on his most recent Facebook update:
"Violence must stop in Libya. I'm horrified by the growing number of human casualties among demonstrators. I hope the Libyan leadership will refrain from aggression and intimidation against demonstrators and listen to its people demanding for reforms."
Perhaps it's time for another Haiku