Remember our British friend Nigel Farage's bracing if also entertaining pushback against the anti-democracy European Union machine posted here?
That'll be 3,000 Euros, says the EU -- which converts to $4,078 bucks.
From the United Kingdom Independence Party website (via Paul Belien):
UKIP MEP Leader Nigel Farage has been hit with a €3000 fine for accusing the President of the European Council Herman van Rumpuy of having "the charisma of a damp rag".
Mr Farage was informed this afternoon by Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament the he had decided to fine him €3000 for his comments relating to Mr van Rompuy and Belgium.
The fine represents 10 days pay, and is the maximum allowable under the rules of the European Parliament. Mr Buzek imposed it after Mr Farage declined earlier today to apologise for his comments.
Mr Farage said: "Free speech is an expensive business in the European Parliament."
He announced that he intended to appeal against his sentence.
Short of that, UKIP members should send send all the damp rags they can find to M. de Rompuy, and toot sweet.