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Farage: A Non-Politician in a Parliament of ‘Non-Countries’

In Will Obeney on February 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Nigel Farage has had an interesting week in the European Parliament. On Tuesday, he let out a torrent of insults at EU President Herman van Rompuy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bypLwI5AQvY) Despite a chorus of boos, he claimed the man had the ‘charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk’. Whilst this episode was reasonably funny, it tells you a lot about the man.

The former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, Nigel Farage

Farage has a strong political message. He did not like the way in which van Rompuy was elected. This is wholly acceptable. What is unacceptable is the way in which he criticised it. Personal abuse is completely useless and degrading. This man seems to have no concept of how far he can go with his insults.
On Question Time, he attempted to defend his antics with his usual spin, but never answered why he saw it as acceptable to be so personally insulting. In response to why he used the phrase ‘non-country’ to describe Belgium, he said: ‘oh yes I’ll reply to that… because that’s the one they’re getting the most upset about’ thus taking no blame whatsoever.
I am sure that UKIP are quite happy that they no longer have him as leader. He started off his tenure in the job impressing the general public with his fresh and unusual practices and opposition to stuffy politics. Never does a series of Question Time go by without Farage joining the panel for a week. These have given him airtime to persuade people who have become disillusioned with main party politics.
Slowly though, he has shown himself to be more than questionable. In 2008, he refused to take part in a standing ovation for Prince Charles in the EU Parliament. His antics on Question Time have become increasingly dislikeable, constantly talking over others and attacking audience members. His outburst in the European Parliament is merely one more reason why this man is completely incapable of running anything, especially a parliamentary constituency. On Tuesday, EU Parliamentary President Jerzy Burzek is expected to penalise Farage. The UKIP MEP is planning on appearing in the dress of a naughty schoolboy. No one sees the funny side Nigel. You haven’t gained popularity out of this; you’ve just displayed your incapability to be anything more than the face of a political opinion.

Will Obeney

  1. “In response to why he used the phrase ‘non-country’ to describe Belgium”

    Former adviser to John Major, Dr Lee Rotheram, pointed out on the TPA site that Farage isn’t wide of the mark on that point.

    “No one sees the funny side Nigel”

    Count me out of that sweeping statement. Those of us who hold Lib/Lab/Con in contempt, for their horrendous treatment of their electorate, find nothing at all funny in the way supposedly ‘serious’ politicians have ignored their voters and promoted apathy.

    As such, UKIP are caricaturing the childish nature of all parties by not following the rules. Which is funny.

    Once the three main parties act like adults and start listening to the public instead of abandoning manifesto commitments on a whim, changing policy once elected, perverting public consultations and putting party before constituents, then they will have earned the right to be respected.

    As things stand though, our current representatives are a stain on democracy themselves, and can’t come the high and mighty with regard to Farage.

    Without wishing to be rude, of course. 😉

  2. I used to find Farage quite amusing, now he is just a Clever Dick, a pomposity in a striped shirt.

  3. Farage speaks for a lot of us who are unspeakably angry. Yes unspeakably – that this man has been foisted on us and at every turn we were denied any say whatsoever,. Thank you Nigel for actually representing us. And to hell with the political class who refuse point blank to give us any voice at all.

    To be a face of public opinion in the parliaments that pretend to represent us is a worthwhile function and one that he is pretty well unique in doing. And certainly earns his money rather more than the sleaze balls that clog up the EU. How much fun will it be if indeed he defeats Bercow?

  4. Oh I dunno. He’s great. The more eccentric the better. There’s room in Westminster for such a character. No one’s perfect as I know of, but he speaks from the heart. Where else do you find that these days in politics? If you want a string of bureaucratic robots you will not find it hard to get as many as you want.

    There’s only one Nigel Farage. Let the Farage story continue one or two more chapters please. Life will be so boring otherwise. We need some trouble to rock the boat. Go Farage!!

  5. Nigel Farage is a breath of fresh air.

    Did you know he was bumped from the previous weeks Question Time panel because the BBC discovered he had written a letter blowing the lid off of the closure of the Curus steel plant at Tesside, and that was one of the topics to be discussed.

    Corus’ steelworks at Redcar, near Middlesbrough, “Teesside Cast Products”, is to be closed (”mothballed” is the euphemism). It is Britain’s last great steelworks and an essential national resource. Without it, we are at the world’s mercy.

    Corus is owned by Tata Steel of India. Recently, Tata received “EU-carbon-credits” worth up to £1bn, ostensibly so that steel-production at Redcar would not be crippled by the EU’s “carbon-emissions-trading-scheme”. By closing the plant at Redcar – and not making any “carbon-emissions” – Tata walks off with £1bn of taxpayers’ money, which it will invest in its steel-factories in India, where there is no “carbon-emissions-trading-scheme”.

    There’s more. The EU’s “emissions-trading-scheme” (ETS) is modelled on instructions from the “International Panel on Climate-Change” (IPCC) of the United Nations Organisation. The Chairman of the IPCC is one Dr Rajendra K.Pachauri, a former railway-engineer, who obtained this post by virtue of his being Chairman of the “Tata Energy-Research Institute” – set up by Tata Steel.”

    See link to James Delingpole’s blog:

  6. Farage is an interesting one. He, like UKIP and Kippers in general, is all very well and good when it comes to shouty ‘ooooh im so angwy with the euwopean union’ style slanging matches, but on the doorstep he is, to coin a phrase, crap-tastic. The man has no idea how to connect with ordinary people, especially when it comes to talking about something OTHER than Europe. Like the ever-so-slightly more important fact that our economy is shot to pieces.

    Of course his supporters will squeal on about the political class (which Farage and the UKIP elite mostly come from, esp. Lord Pearson), and the ‘EUSSR’ and how he is standing against it like St. George in a cheap suit (conveniently forgetting the fact that he is quite happy to splurge the money that the EU he so hates doles out to him, paid for by us taxpayers). Still, he’s always good for a laugh, and having ago at him makes Kippers go incandescent purple with rage, so hey ho.

  7. There is a considerable body of opinion to suggest otherwise: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article7041756.ece

    Here is a Times leader this weekend that likened Farage, ‘a damp rag’ to Alan Patridge. He is an anarchic-for-the-sake-of-it type, it wears thin with voters and has no place in Westminster.

    I agree that Rumpy, the EU council and the European “dream” is flawed, unaccountable and a severe dilution of British sovereignty, but just think, it could have been a lot worse… if a Mr A. Blair got his way…

  8. I agree with Nigel Farage on the EU. I also think he is what Americans would undoubtedly call a patriot – that word does not seem to appear a lot in the UK. Farage I think is also a politician with principles that he sticks by. He is also a very effective and eloquent speaker with and without his antics.

    Sometimes I wonder if his veiled insults in the EU Parliament are shock tactics to wake people up to the reality of the situation. People in Brussels are truely living in another world and I think Farage imbues his criticisms with sarcasm and veiled insults to provoke people into thinking about things in a different way. I think his excessiveness might be counter-productive to his platform.

    Farage is quite the character!

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