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Monday, 4 July 2016


Apols for slow blogging  - massively busy here and everything is going so fast there. I'll catch up, but for now can I leave you with Rod Liddle's words from the Speccie?
Nigel Farage is the most important British politician of the last decade and the most successful. His resignation leaves a hole in our political system. With enormous intelligence and chutzpah and a refreshingly unorthodox approach, he built Ukip up from nothing to become established as our third largest party and succeeded in his overriding ambition – to see the UK vote to leave the European Union. He is also extremely good company and likeable – unless you are one of those infants who screams ‘fascist!’ whenever his name is raised.
Amen to that. Let's hope there's some concrete appreciation of his worth. 


Poisonedchalice said...

His resignation was predictable. His job was complete. He gave up an awful lot to do that job and follow his belief; and now it is only right that he should "get his life back".

My hope is that his career legacy will see a large "flushing out" of the Augean stables to remove the stinking detritus therein. And maybe some fresh new people, with fresh new ideas will step up; who knows? It is certain in my mind that Farage has precipitated the downfall of the EU failed project.

Coney Island

Barnacle Bill said...

I join you Radders in saluting Nigel Farage and all he has done for his country. Surely no other man has had such an impact upon political, even everyday life, as Mr Farage in the past couple decades. I hope he is suitable rewarded by HM too.

However, I am concerned that he is leaving the scene when we are at another juncture in the Brexit campaign, as until we actually see a start of the divorce negotiations begin I feel the campaign continues.

Who now is going to hold our government to account and ensure there is no backsliding?

Especially as I fear May once she has been handed the keys to Number 10 will call a snap general election linked with a second referendum vote. She was a devious female genitalia duirng her tenure of the Home Office. I certainly don't expect her to change her spots when she in comfortably ensconced in Downing Street.

Robert said...

Farage was in it for the money, the expenses and the celebrity. He became one of the worst troughers I have seen in politics from any party.

Where is the UKIP plan to leave the EU? For someone who has been on the EU payroll for some long with so much time on his hands to study you would expect him to be a EU expert.

The only thing he leaves behind is a bad smell.

Dave_G said...

Like most, I consider Farage's resignation as being both appropriate and the right way for UKIP to move forward.

A change in direction - albeit slight - towards UKP (dropping the 'independence') could change the democratic scene enormously in the face of Labour's internal conflict and, potentially, Tory reticence to follow through with Brexit in a timely and concise manner.

No wonder the Tories are reluctant to hold a General Election after any new party leadership result!

There are rising faces in UK(I)P with huge potential for popular support but Farage would always attract the (undeserved of course) 'racist' labelling that constantly distracts from the real purpose of the party and its policies so his decision to 'retire' was the best way to promote the future of the party.

I wonder if the establishment will ever recognise Farage's contributions to politics and actually give him the recognition he so deserves, or will they remain as isolated and ignorant of public opinion and continue to ignore his considerable commitment to politics?

Anonymous said...

Love him or loathe him he's one of just a handful of top politicians whose career didn't end in failure.


Anonymous said...

There is so much to admire in Nigel Farage there are so many deep flaws too.

I agree with Rod however that: "the most important British politician of the last decade" and I'd qualify that by saying Tony Bliar was also an important politician who encouraged and exhorted his Cultural Marxist Stasi and extreme Socialist engineering political claque to deconstruct the British tradition, culture, 'our' Nation. Set against Major, Bliar, Broon and Camoron and the vested power of the whole UK administration, the British Establishment and the world's monied elite - stood one man.

Yes, they castigated him, called him every oath under the Sun and even his ex political mates are tinged with envy, a stalwart he was indeed.

God bless you Nigel, try to rest easy man for you've done your bit, really it is time for, the rest of us to stand up and be counted: "your country needs YOU!"

Dioclese said...

Give Farage a peerage and bring him into the cabinet.
That'd fuck the bullying bastards in the Fourth Reich!

anon 2 said...

It's been difficult to know what to make of Farage's game - though I have enjoyed and appreciated his attention-raising activities in the Tower of Babel.

On the personal side -- I always been uncomfortable with his French-sounding name. More seriously, he has attracted attention to his social behaviour. Of course no one in politics can avoid such attention; but nowadays group stalkers are employed to destroy anyone who threatens the status quo. Their revelations and interpretations don't mean that no one else drinks or plays around (or worse), and actually Farage has been clever in presenting a mischievous personality 'in their faces.' That's defused some of their campaign: what normal bloke wouldn't sympathise with his 'having a pint', after all. 'Nobody's perfect.'

All factors being thus turned to favour his cause - the detractors had to get more deadly. "Spiritual" murder was insufficient and too slow -- the death-threat needed to be in danger of materialising more immediately. The plane crash failed to do the job; that doesn't mean they won't find other ways. I suspected he'd been threatened - now we know that he has.

I too must add my thanks to Mr. Farage - for his courageous part in revealing truths that underlie the world we see before us. He has helped us take a step in the right direction. Where we travel from here is up to us.

Budgie said...

"Nigel Farage is the most important British politician of the last decade and the most successful." I'll drink to that.

He could not have done it without being deeply principled, honest, tough, genuine and immensely hardworking. He has given almost everything: most of his waking hours; time he should have spent with his family or resting; and all his wealth.

Day after day, sometimes hour by hour he was stressed by a media only interested in slip-ups, gossip, and trouble making. Having experienced a tiny part of that, I shall never know how he kept his cool and his friendliness. Taking on the Goliaths of the EU and the establishment takes courage and fortitude.

No doubt he had personal faults as do we all, but I did not know them being merely an observer. I suspect he is an entrepreneur type character. Thank you, Nigel Farage for your services to our nation.

Mike Spilligan said...

I'm slightly disappointed that more of the articulate Raedwald regulars have not commented here; and I can only repeat what has been said elsewhere:
Nigel Farage has been, and I think will continue to be, one of that dying breed, a conviction politician. That is what has carried him through many difficult times while continuing to carry out his relentless schedule - much worse than most of his contemporaries because he has been in so much demand, remembering that he has had a European-wide role as EFDD leader.
He could be called the leading politician of the opening years of this century (though he doesn't regard himself as a politician) and that counts across several democratic nations outside our own borders.
Will he get public recognition? I very much doubt it - those who have failed where Nigel has succeeded are likely to want only his departure, followed by a pretence that he never had much influence.
I hope ardently that his many attributes have rubbed off on to those who follow in his unwavering footsteps.

RAC said...

Barnacle Bill is right, Farage deserves a knighthood at the very least, Lord Farage would be a lot more appropriate

Mike Cunningham said...

Lets all acknowledge that we live in the real world; and accept that the provision, or rather the lack of provision of an honour, is totally in the hands of the Prime Minister.

'Our Dave' must detest Farage just about as much as NF detests him. Farage was directly responsible for the calling of the Referendum; it was UKIP's foot-soldiers who brought the council estates to the polling stations, especially in the former Labour heartlands, and, although abolished from the campaign by the Leavers, he still managed to get his message across: which of course was 'Immigration, Immigration, Immigration.

Cameron give Nigel an honour, a medal or a title? He'd rather give him Ebola!

anon 2 said...

What is it with these Prime Ministers - do they think they're Presidents, or something? And now we have to give our future, and entrust our independence negotiations, to some Marxist/Feminazi of that ilk? It doesn't work.