Godfrey Bloom

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Godfrey Bloom
MEP
Godfrey Bloom.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Yorkshire and the Humber
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 2004
Personal details
Born(1949-11-22) 22 November 1949 (age 63)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyUK Independence Party (UKIP)
WebsiteGodfrey Bloom MEP
 
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Godfrey Bloom
MEP
Godfrey Bloom.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Yorkshire and the Humber
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 2004
Personal details
Born(1949-11-22) 22 November 1949 (age 63)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyUK Independence Party (UKIP)
WebsiteGodfrey Bloom MEP

Godfrey William Bloom TD (born 22 November 1949)[1] is a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was first elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2009.

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Early life

Bloom was born in London and educated at St Olave's Grammar School.[2] He graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (Strategy) and his dissertation is entitled "War Aims and the Economic Consequences for the UK".[3]

Later, Bloom worked as a financial economist.[1][4] In his last position, he worked as the director of the investment company TBO in which he still is a major shareholder.[5]

Career as an MEP

In 2004, Bloom's election to the Yorkshire and the Humber seat was the UKIP's first seat in the region in the European elections.[4] Bloom was the president of the European Alliance for Freedom, a eurosceptic pan-European political party.[6] In 2009, he was re-elected. Bloom is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.[1]

Views and controversities

On the financial crisis

Bloom was a co-author of Wolfson Prize Economics Submission with Professor Pat Barron and Professor Philipp Bagus.[7] He warns that credit agencies would be "castrated" by too much regulation of the EU.[8]

Bloom claims that MEPs have "little or no business experience" and do not understand the consequences of their actions.[9]

On women's rights

A few weeks after being appointed to the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality on 20 July 2004, Bloom told an interview that, "no self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age. That isn't politically correct, is it, but it's a fact of life. The more women's rights you have, it's actually a bar to their employment."[10] Around the same time, he said that "I just don't think [women] clean behind the fridge enough" and that "I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home."[9][11] Bloom told BBC Radio 4's Today that his comments were "said for fun" to illustrate a more serious point, that equal-rights legislation was in fact putting women out of work.[9]

Bloom confessed that he used to visit brothels in Hong Kong, claiming that "terrified young women beaten into prostitution often from Eastern Europe [...] is only a very small aspect of the flesh trade", and concluded that "in short, most girls do it because they want to."[12]

After inviting students from the University of Cambridge Women's Rugby Club to Brussels in 2004, he was accused of sexual harassment, making sexist comments and using offensive language during a dinner party. One student handed in a formal letter of protest to the President of the European Parliament, heavily critizising Bloom's behaviour. Bloom who sponsored the club with £3,000 a year, later admitted making misogyny comments but denied a sexual harassment.[13][14]

On climate change

Bloom rejects anthropogenic global warming. He said in 2009: "As far as I am concerned man-made global warming is nothing more than a hypothesis that hasn't got any basis in fact. Every day more scientists are modifying their initial views." [15] He argues that the global climate has actually been cooling down since 2002, and bases this on the "the very early skiing season" each year.[16]

On the Rainbow Warrior bombing

Bloom was filmed at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen congratulating the French for bombing the Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace ship, in 1985. Bloom's comment prompted outrage from the environmental group, which accused him of "celebrating" the killing of Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira in the bombing in Auckland. Bloom was filmed posing in front of the present Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior II, during the climate summit at the Copenhagen harbour. In the footage, he said: "Here we have one of the most truly fascist boats since 1945, Well done the French for sinking (it)." The video appeared to have been uploaded to Bloom's YouTube channel Goddersvision on 16 December during the last days of the summit, but was later taken down.[17][18]

Other controversities

In December 2008, Bloom had to be carried out by an intern after making a European Parliament speech while drunk.[19] During the speech, Bloom denied that the MEPs from Poland, the Czech Republic or Latvia have the ability to understand economic relations. In February 2012, Bloom interrupted a debate with the question whether the Cambridge University Women's Rugby team should wear their logo on the front or back of their shirts. Later he admitted to have consumed alcohol and "very heavy" prescription painkillers after breaking his collarbone in a riding accident.[20]

On 24 November 2010, Bloom was ejected from the European Parliament after directing a Nazi slogan at a German MEP Martin Schulz as the latter was speaking during a debate on the economic crisis in Ireland. Godfrey Bloom interrupted Schulz and said "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer" - one people, one empire, one leader.[21] He was then suspended from the debate.

Bloom was ejected from the Mansion House for heckling Lord Turner in 2009. In a following letter to the UKIP, Turner wrote that "Mr Bloom will not be receiving any further invitations to Mansion House events nor will be welcome at the Brussels Annual reception [...] As to future Mansion House events we will be seeking a different MEP from UKIP as a potential guest."[22]

At the height of the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal, Bloom complained about the lack of manners of the political class. In a statement on his website, he pointed out that, unlike many others, he wouldn't employ family members in his parliamentary staff. However, Bloom later conceded that three members of his staff are also employed at TBO, the company in which he is a major shareholder, and one of these is his niece.[5]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Godfrey Bloom". European Parliament. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Godfrey, UK-Whoiswho, retrieved 7 July 2011 
  3. ^ War Aims and the Economic Consequences for the UK, www.godfreybloommep.co.uk, retrieved 2013-03-26 
  4. ^ a b "UKIP wins first seat in region". BBC. 2004-06-14. 
  5. ^ a b "UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom pays assistants who also work for his investment firm". The Times. 2009-05-30. 
  6. ^ About EAF, European Alliance for Freedom, retrieved 7 July 2011 
  7. ^ The Wolfson prize, www.godfreybloommep.co.uk, retrieved 7 July 2011 
  8. ^ "MEP: Strict regulation will castrate rating agencies". FTAdvisor. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  9. ^ a b c Daniel, Mark (2005). Cranks and gadflies: the story of UKIP. Timewell Press. p. 149. ISBN 1-85725-209-8, ISBN 978-1-85725-209-5. 
  10. ^ Booth, Jenny (2004-07-20). "UKIP man champions a woman's right to clean fridges". London: TimesOnline. 
  11. ^ "UKIP MEP in row over working women". BBC. 2004-07-21. 
  12. ^ "Brothel visit: Euro MP under fire after saying most prostitutes not exploited". Yorkshire post. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  13. ^ "UKIP Man in Brussels faces harassment claim after trying to quash his sexist reputation". The Independent. 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  14. ^ "Harrassment case MEP brings debate to Bowtell". Varsity (Cambridge University student newspaper). 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  15. ^ Climate change: man-made or myth? Len Tingle, BBC News, 1 October 2009.
  16. ^ Speech in the European parliament in 2009 (online)
  17. ^ "Rainbow Warrior bombing praised". The New Zealand Herald. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "MEP Godfrey Bloom hails Greenpeace ship attack". BBC. 10 February 2010. 
  19. ^ Hannan, Daniel (10 December 2008). "A drunk Eurosceptic makes more sense than a sober federalist". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "UKIP MEP makes Euro Parliament speech on booze and drugs cocktail". Political Scrapbook. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  21. ^ BBC news on the incident
  22. ^ "No more Bloom for Mansion House". Daily Telegraph. 2009-10-03. 

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