Words fail me
Mike Nattrass, the deputy leader of the UK Independence party, warned yesterday that Britain might have to fight its way out of Europe in the same way that Chechyna was fighting to free itself from Russia.
His remarks, on the eve of the Ukip annual conference in Bristol, come a fortnight after Chechen rebels stormed a school in Beslan and murdered more than 330 children and parents. They will raise questions about the politics and judgment of some of the senior figures in the party.
He told a debate sponsored by the non-partisan Institute of Citizenship attended by the Conservative MP David Heathcoat-Amory and Chris Bryant, the chair of the Labour Movement for Europe: "We are entering a federal trap. The constitution is a federal trap and once signed we cannot get out. In the same way that Chechnya is part of the Soviet Union, we are being dragged into the European Union.
"I hope we never have to fight our way out ... It will be like the Chechnya situation because the Russians won't let the Chechens out".
Ah, UKIP Conference this week. Full of lots of ranting about foreigners, plots against the leadership and the hang 'em and flog 'em crowd out in force, no doubt. Just like a Conservative Party Conference from the 90s with added permatans, really.