Freedom of speech is understood as the right to insult and swear, and democracy is thought to be a legitimate platform for those who are not democratic. The principles of a constitutional state, where every citizen is equal before the law, are drowned out by torrents of abuse. Populists are popular, intellectuals are considered “soft”. In January 2007 racists, xenophobes, and Holocaust deniers formed a far right faction in the European Parliament. This book is a strong protest against the assault on the good name of the European Parliament and its serious members. It also endeavours to raise awareness of the fact that there is no legislation to keep neo-fascists and racists out of Parliament.
After having had many discussions, jointly initiated a written declaration, raised the issue at the plenary session, undertaken other fruitless efforts in the European Parliament to change the legislation, published a number of articles, and been twice attacked at the plenary session, there was no other option for me to use my skills as a writer to create this book, together with the famous Dutch cartoonist Len Munnik. This for the sake of real Democracy, the European Union and the promise that such events should “never again” be permitted to occur.
Once upon a time there was an ugly small mummy’s boy who was quite bright. He was bullied at school. He was given a big fierce dog.
Now the bullies didn’t attack him, and he began to enjoy watching them beat up other children. They were skinheads who wore black.
He did a deal with them, he gave them tickets to the movies and he would “make sure they got better grades”.
He was the teacher’s pet, She was worried that her once peaceful classroom was becoming uncontrollable.
“It’s all because of the foreigners,” replied the boy knowingly, no longer an outsider himself. They smell like they eat different foods, hide behind scarves, and refuse to join us in the gym... Who do they think they are? They cause fights.”
The teacher thought about that. “People are different al over the world, dear.”
“But the whole world does not fit in one classroom.”
The teacher starts to ignore the bullies behaviour and the complaints of beaten up ethnic girls.
Our hero now starts taking protection money from some children in order to pay the bullies. WE discover that the initial bribe (the tickets) were stolen from his sister.
Boy dreams of political power in a bedroom festooned with fascist symbols and pictures of Hitlertian figures. (see illustration)
He tries to bring his sister into his plans, she laughs at him.
He kills her cat.
She destroys his collection of fascist symbols.
He tells his (now very big skinhead) team of bullies. Like Henry II’s knights they take themselves off and chuck his sister of a bridge.
She survives but is exiled like Heidi up a mountain with her grandmother.
The boy is master of all he surveys, but is frightened of shadows.
Boy goes into politics, the bullies metamorphose into Mafiosi enforcers.
“And so a party was established that entered parliament. The boy specialised in populism, the bullies in causing riots and their party grew. Everything went smoothly. The boy could also have become a businessman or a general, but his opportunism had led him in a direction where he could combine all three.”
The good news is that this hardback publication – translated into four languages - is taxpayer funded.