•Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the EU Commission that the EU austerity package was driving Greece into the ground and would cause a revolution.
"Greece is not run through democracy now, it is run through a Troika - three foreign officials that fly into Athens airport and tell the Greeks what they can and cannot do," Mr Farage said, referring to the EU-ECB-IMF troika that effectively governs Greece through their installed puppet, PM Papademos.
"These policies are driving Greece towards a revolution. They need to be set free. If they don't get the Drachma back you will be responsible for something truly, truly horrible," Mr Farage concluded (see transcript below).
Nigel Farage was speaking during Council and Commission statements in preparation for the European Council meeting of the 1-2 March 2012.
"Well Commissioner, you picked the right man. Puppet Papademos is in place and as Athens caught fire on Sunday night he rather took my breath away. He said, 'Violence and destruction have no place in a democratic country.'
What democratic country?
He's not even a democratically elected prime minister. He's been appointed by you guys. Greece is not run through democracy now, it is run through a Troika. Three foreign officials that fly into Athens airport and tell the Greeks what they can and cannot do.
The violence and destruction that you saw on Sunday is being caused directly because people are having their democratic rights taken from them - What else can they do?
And I must say, if I was a Greek citizen I would've been out there, joining those protests on Sunday. I'd be out there trying to bring down this monstrosity that has been put upon those people.
And in his efforts, in the Puppet's efforts to get the MPs to vote for the bailout package, he warned them, that if they didn't do so there would be a dramatic decline in living standards.
Well, has he looked out the front door?
Has he seen the fact that 50 per cent of the young people are unemployed already. Has he seen the fact, that the economy, far from stalling has contracted for five years in a row, and is now accelerating on a downward death spiral - a contraction of 7 per cent per annum.
Greece is being driven into the ground, and I think, frankly, when it comes to chaos, you ain't seen nothing yet!
These policies are driving Greece towards a revolution.
They need to be set free. If they don't get the Drachma back you will be responsible for something truly, truly horrible."