Ming Runs for European Parliament

Motley’s Luke Luby looks at Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s decision to run in the up and coming European election.

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, the outspoken pro cannabis Independent TD, has announced that he is planning to run for European election this coming May, in a largely anti-Euro campaign.

Making the announcement via Twitter, he said that:”I have made the decision to contest the European Election Constituency of Midlands North West.”

Speaking to his reasons as to why he was running in the May 23rd elections, he added:

“I am doing so because I believe Ireland needs to elect people to the European Parliament that carry with them the message that we have gone too far with this ‘European project’. I also, if elected, plan to build on that potential voter base and to create a political environment whereby we could see another 10 independents elected from this region to Dáil Éireann in the spring of 2016.”

“We heard rejoicing from this government on supposedly regaining our sovereignty. The truth is we are now on a road to giving it up forever. I believe the future of Ireland and Europe is best served without the Euro currency. The only country that it currently serves is Germany and one country is not Europe.”

Mr Flanagan has consistently been a controversial member of the Dáil since his election there in 2011.  He regularly clashes with many members of the Dáil, has openly spoken about his past cannabis use, and more recently attracted a huge amount of controversy after passing what he described as “glorified piss’’ to Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd in the chamber last December. The confrontation was due to the fact that the quality of the water in his constituency was awful, and then produced a glass of dirty water and crossed the chamber, presenting it to the minister.

Mr Flanagan also said of his running in the election that Ireland is “now no longer a member of a community, we are a member of a Union. A Union which kicked us when we were down. A Union that took the side of the bondholders and left us with a bill of €70 billion.” He continued by saying that he had no problem with being a part of the European Community, but he didn’t want any part of its current form.

In a statement which he linked to on Twitter, he continued: “We constantly hear how the EU has been of financial benefit to Ireland. The evidence does not exist to back this up. Europhiles tell us how we have gained massively through cohesion funds as well as farmers gaining from the Common Agricultural Policy. In total we have received €72 billion & we have given €31billion. We have however contributed fish stocks with an estimated commercial value of €201 Billion while only receiving €17 billion in return. When one includes the massive debt imposed on us by the Eurozone banking system we are actually at a loss of €213 billion or in other words €46,000 for every man woman a child in this country.”

He concluded his statement by stating: “Over the next eight weeks I look forward to debating the issue of our relationship with Europe. I hope to convince people that Ireland is capable of standing on its own two feet and to get the message out there that we are the givers rather than the takers.”