Have you ever voiced your opinions about the promotion of a co-worker in your workplace only to be seen as the office rabble-rouser as a result?
If you have, fear not because you are not alone.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the EU back in 2010 that he had “all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk” in a scathing personal attack.
Farage then proceeded to describe Van Rompuy’s homeland, Belgium, as a “non-country,” before insulting him about his appearance and personality. Mr. Farage also criticised the president’s pay packet and accused him of plotting the overthrow of nation states.
Van Rompuy sat in amazement and apparent discomfort as the tirade continued. Other MEPs in the less-than-full house chamber gasped in astonishment as Farage spoke.
Germany’s socialist leader in the parliament Martin Schulz, condemned Farage for “trampling on the dignity of the house” and Mr. Van Rompuy himself stated that he held Farage’s remarks “in contempt”, and refused to say anything more.
Farage declared in his blistering tirade that: “We were told that when we had a president, we’d see a giant global political figure, a man who would be the political leader for 500 million people, the man that would represent all of us all of us on the world stage, the man whose job was so important that of course you’re paid more than President [Barack] Obama……..Well, I’m afraid what we got was you … I don’t want to be rude but, really, you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk and the question I want to ask is: ‘Who are you? I’d never heard of you. Nobody in Europe had ever heard of you.'”
Farage then went on and said: “I can speak on behalf of the majority of British people in saying that we don’t know you, we don’t want you, and the sooner you are put out to grass, the better. I have no doubt that your intention is to be the quiet assassin of European democracy and of European nation states.”
Mr. Farage said that this was more than likely because Mr. Van Rompuy comes from “pretty much a non-country” and as a result has no interest in the idea of a nation state.
Mr. Van Rompuy, 62, was a surprise compromise choice to be the new president of the EU council – a role that was created by the Lisbon treaty and one which some thought should and would go to Tony Blair as an internationally-recognised new face for the EU.
Alas, the haiku poetry writing so-called ‘grey mouse’ Mr. Van Rompuy prevailed and Nigel Farage duly responded.
Have a look at the video below and ask yourself how wise it is to publicly voice your opinions about a colleague the next time someone in your office gets a promotion that you don’t approve of. Perhaps if you simply wait a few years, you might end up leaving the company altogether with a Wexit of your own!