In 2010, Nigel Farage, an anti-European Union member of the EU Parliament, rose following a speech by Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council. As Van Rompuy listened, Farage, a Briton, added that the former Belgian prime minister came from “pretty much a non-country.”
He also said that Van Rompuy had “the charisma of a damp rag.”
The EU Parliament docked Farage €2,980 (~$4,000). Farage appealed to the European Court of Justice. It ruled this morning that he filed his appeal too late and would also have to pay Parliament’s legal expenses.
Farage, though, clearly got his money’s worth.
Source: Economic Policy Journal.