Nigel Farage will go down in history as a man that set out to orchestrate Britain’s leaving of the EU and succeeding. Although a polarising figure often courting controversy, Farage will no doubt look back on his career with great pride.
No one likes politicians. No one likes the establishment. Farage enters the foray, as if brought to life from a discarded script of Only Fools And Horses were Farage played the Mayor of Peckham – questioning the ‘European Project’.
There are nobel reasons as to why Britain shouldn’t be part of the EU but Farage was not often witnessed expressing any of them. It could be argued that he played on people’s prejudice and gave a sense of legitimacy to a selection of bigoted racists who did not deserve it, raising UKIP into a more culturally acceptable BNP.
For 17 years Farage campaigned for Britain to leave the EU and in 2016 Britain voted to do just that. For 17 years Farage attacked “unelected bureaucrats” housed in the European Parliament, a venue that looks like the European division of the Illuminati, delivering verbal middle fingers to the establishment.
On one notable occasion Farage attached the President of Europe Herman Van Rompuy, publicly – in the middle of the EU assembly with a microphone and a live video feed asking “who are you?”. There were boos from the parliament but he kept right on going. He tells Rompuy “Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all.” Farage also called him a “damp rag” from a “non-country” with the appearance of “a low grade bank Clark”. Later when the media spoke to him asking him if he would like to apologise he doubled down on the insults and said he would only apologies to bank Clarks.
No one likes the establishment. Who wouldn’t want to have been in Farage’s shoes – talking trash to the President? Although if you’ve been talking to everyone in the EU like that for 17 years, it’s hardly surprising Britain has a bad relationship with them.
In professionally wrestling, Farage’s confrontational performance was what is known as a “heel promo”. This is a performance that will deliberately get a negative reaction from an audience by being the bad guy or ‘heel’. This is an important thing to realise about Farage – he doesn’t mind being booed. Now that’s strange. Traditionally people want to be cheered, applauded and loved. But not Farage.
On the 28th June 2016, 5 days after the British vote to leave the EU – Farage went full heel mode and delivered a speech in Parliament to the tune of jeers like a mobster that will be forever etched in British history.
“You’re not laughing now” opened up Farage before telling parliament they were “failing” and reminding them of all their flaws. Turning to the issue of future trade deals, the jeers from parliament did nothing to humble Farage as he explained that “none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives” and the consciences would be “far worse for you” if a free trade deal wasn’t put in place.
Eventually Farage sat down looking as smug as Jeremy Clarkson eating steak to a chorus of boos. This speech might be his crowning achievement. I think we have to all at least give him that.
Further Reading: The Brexit that I voted for. Why are Remain STILL complaining?