"Listening to all of you this morning reminds me of the great British comedy classic Carry On Up The Khyber, where the colonial English go on having dinner, ignoring the fact that disaster, impending disaster, is all around them." So began one of United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage's famously irreverent speeches to the European Parliament in March, in which he pilloried the European Union for what seems to be its official policy of sticking its fingers in its ears and screaming the words to Beethoven's Ode to Joy at the top of its lungs whenever something unexpectedly bad happens.
On that occasion, Farage was using the Carry On
analogy to ridicule the EU's delusional attitude towards the eurozone
debt crisis. But he could just as easily have applied it to Brussels'
similar reaction to the July 18 terrorist attack in Bulgaria that left
five Israeli tourists and a Muslim bus-driver dead.