Brexit proponent Nigel Farage has been branded a liar by the European Parliament (EUP) – but PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas can lie compulsively without the slightest EUP remonstration or rebuke.
Such hypocrisy and double standards surfaced during addresses by Abbas and Farage to the EUP within the last week.
Farage told those assembled:
The biggest problem you've got and the main reason the UK voted the way it did is because you have by stealth and deception, and without telling the truth to the rest of the peoples of Europe, you have imposed upon them a political union. When the people in 2005 in the Netherlands and France voted against that political union and rejected the constitution you simply ignored them and brought the Lisbon treaty in through the back door.
What happened last Thursday was a remarkable result – it was a seismic result. Not just for British politics, for European politics, but perhaps even for global politics too.
Farage taunted the EUP Parliamentarians:
What I'd like to see is a grownup and sensible attitude to how we negotiate a different relationship. I know that virtually none of you have never done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen.
Amid shouts of protest – the President of the EUP – Martin Schulz - interrupted Farage in full-flight with this rebuke:
Mr Farage – I would say one thing to you. The fact that you're claiming that no one has done a decent job in their life – you can't really say that.
Jean-Claude Juncker – President of the European Commission – put the boot into Farage amidst thunderous applause:
You lied. You didn't tell the truth. You fabricated reality.
Abbas's address contained a litany of lies based on a fabricated reality from the outset:
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David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International - an organisation calling for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Previous articles written by him can be found at www.jordanispalestine.blogspot.com.