UK 1 July 2014 Nigel Farage turns his back on the EU anthem at the opening of the European Parliament The Ukip leader led a protest against the European Parliament by standing the wrong way round during Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Nigel Farage doesn’t like the EU. I think we’ve established that by now, haven’t we? But just in case we weren’t completely sure, Farage and some of his MEPs “turned their backs” on the orchestra as they played the EU’s unofficial anthem – Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – in the European Parliament chamber at the official opening of the new session in Strasbourg. Watch: As heroic protests go, it’s not exactly Gandhi and the salt march, is it? As the camera pans round the room, it just looks like some people got confused and stood the wrong way round. Sorry, Nigel – your message of resistance to the EU in all its forms rather lost its bite when you became a member of its parliament and accepted an MEP’s £79,000 salary + expenses. › Reviews round-up | 1 July I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!