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Having crashed his old bus Farage has a new one for his new cash cow – The BreXit Party …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 19/04/2019

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what is the ‘Exit & Survival Strategy’ this time Farage or is it same old same old froth & folly like the last part you destroyed for lack of vision?

Brexit: a different bus

Richard North, 19/04/2019


As we all struggle to find solutions to Brexit, it is rather ironic – the extent of being bizarre – that so many should be turning to a man who bears much of the responsibility for the current mess.

The best chance of there ever being a smooth Brexit – however forlorn the hope might have been – rested not on the referendum campaign (or its immediate aftermath) but in the years leading up to it. Long before it got to a vote, the Eurosceptic movement needed to have agreed what we were, at the turn of the century, calling an “exit and survival plan”.

As the leader of the then only dedicated anti-EU party, Nigel Farage was perhaps the only man who could have fostered the development of a plan and united the disparate factions behind it. Instead, he blocked any progress in that direction and settled on a strategy based on building a base of MPs in Westminster, with himself at the head.

His idea was that the pressure exerted by Ukip MPs would create such stresses in the Parliamentary Conservative Party that it would split. The larger number, he believed, would join Ukip, building a majority that could form a government to take us out of the EU.

In this fantasy, there was no need for an exit plan. His new government would have the civil service, which would do as instructed and work up the detail. All Farage’s party had to do was win enough elections and the problem was solved.

Well, we all know how that worked out. Despite multiple attempts, Farage never got near winning a seat in the Commons, much less populating the green seats with his own. He didn’t even manage to keep control of his own party, allowing it to be seized from him, ending up in the hands of the dire Gerard Batten. Its record 24 MEPs dwindling to a mere four.

Now the resurgent demagogue has created a new party, over which he has almost total control, untroubled by such inconvenient things as a democracy. And yet, Lewis Goodhall, the political correspondent for Sky News, describes him as a man who “cannot be faulted for his appreciation of strategy”.

Despite that, the “electric” Mr Farage is a one-trick pony, capable of delivering only a single core speech. With its variations, it may be enough to impress the untutored but, after the third or fourth time of hearing, the underlying emptiness becomes all too apparent. And, as a man whose appreciation of strategy can’t be faulted, he opposed a referendum. His strategy, and everything else he touches beyond personal enrichment, has been an unremitting failure.

Currently, he favours a no-deal Brexit – another example of his strategic acumen (not). Presumably, he believes that his latest strategy of “winning” an unnecessary and irrelevant election is a way to exert pressure on Mrs May to achieve that end. Once again, we see the limits of his thinking, where his only game is to force the Conservatives into taking action, to uncertain effect.

If that was the whole extent of our options, we would be in far more serious trouble than we could possibly imagine. But if there is salvation to be had, it is more likely to lie in a careful study of our situation and in an evaluation of the broader options.

Bringing it down to its basics, the essence of our problem, I would aver, is that the Brexit process is beyond the capacity of our political system to implement, and it has neither the desire nor the incentive to seek enduring solutions. The logical response to that – or, at least, the first element – might be to break the process down into bite-sized chunks that the system can handle, or to hand the job over to bodies which are better equipped to perform the functions involved in the process.

Working along those lines, it seems reasonable to argue that, if the majority of MPs (and much of government) do not have the capacity to evaluate the merits of competing Brexit plans, or even work out whether any particular plan will satisfy stated objectives, it is pointless offering the collective any plans to study.

By avoiding this trap, we would be accepting that parliament is not a planning body and neither is it capable of evaluating plans. We would thus cease to expect it to do things for which it was not designed, and for which it is manifestly not capable. By the same token, asking for indicative votes seems an obvious waste of time.

In the past, we used to refer the evaluation of public policy to such bodies as Royal Commissions. Commissions, in particular, could examine topics for some years, gathering evidence and assessing various alternatives, before coming up with detailed recommendations to guide governments in the choices they made.

Yet, despite the importance of Brexit, and the hugely damaging consequences of getting it wrong, I do not recall seeing any formal inquiry of any great weight, that has assessed our options and made recommendations. To a very great extent, our government and public institutions – and the rest of us – are flying blind.

Such is the complexity of the Brexit process that, in an earlier piece, I suggested that, before we went any further with the EU, we needed a series of scoping meetings. These would enable us to decide what is possible to achieve from our negotiations on a future relationship.

Before we even get there, though, we need as a nation to decide where we want to go. That decision `must be informed by factual analysis and a clear understanding of what is actually possible, together with an appreciation of what our negotiating partners might accept.

Even now, that in itself might be too much to ask of a divided nation that has not fully come to terms with the prospect of leaving. As long as we have active campaigns aimed at reversing the referendum result, it seems hardly likely that we can get down to the task of discussing the best way to leave.

That, it would seem, is the heart of the problem. It isn’t just the establishment which isn’t up to the job. We have an unfocused nation which is not only too easily distracted from the task at hand – mainly because it hasn’t fully decided that this is a task it wants to undertake.

To resolve this, there are those who still hanker after another referendum. But it would be wrong to assert that we are, as a nation, any better informed about Brexit than we were during the last referendum campaign.

Where we can seriously entertain a discussion about the value of a customs union in facilitating frictionless trade, all we have is evidence of monumental ignorance. Those who want a re-run on the basis that we now know more about the issue clearly haven’t been following the debate for the past three years. If we are to be judged as incapable of reaching a knowledge-based decision in June 2016, we are no better equipped now.

On the other hand, a general election is no more suitable a platform for a national debate than is a referendum – and it would be an abuse of process. General elections are for choosing our governments, not for settling contentious issues. For that, supposedly, we have referendums – we are back full circle.

Therefore, I begin to warm to the idea of putting the Brexit process “on hold”, in order to refer it to an independent review body such as a Royal Commission. And since six months would hardly be enough time for it to conclude its work, we would also need to ask the EU for extra time.

One important limitation of this idea, though, relates to the composition of the inquiry body. The great and the good who would normally comprise the panel are, in the main, the very people who have made such a hash of the process so far. And if the panel took evidence from the same “prestigious” witnesses that have polluted select committees and the like, we would be no further forward, no matter how long it was given to perform its task.

On that basis, the idea of an independent inquiry begins to look considerably less attractive, which means that we might have to look elsewhere for our solutions. But, actually, we may not have to look too far. Breaking out of the box, we could be thinking not of one inquiry body but two. One would shadow the other, each with slightly different terms of reference and composition. If one explored the arguments, the other might deliberately set out to challenge received wisdom.

This was the stratagem recommended by Irving Janis in his book on groupthink, where the creation of competing (or complementary) bodies to examine the same issues reduced the danger of a single mindset emerging and remaining unchallenged. Such a multiple-group structure was, apparently, used by the Truman administration in developing the Marshall Plan, so it is hardly a new or untried idea.

To those who would cavil at the extra time this would take, we could offer the aphorism that, if you act in haste you will repent at leisure. There cannot be any rational objection to taking a few years to unravel a process which has taken the UK 47 years to develop.

As much to the point, almost exactly two years ago, I was writing of Alan S Milward and his book, The Rise and Fall of a National Strategy, 1945-63. The point which emerged from it was that governments in general find it difficult to change strategies quickly. Progressing from opposition to UK entanglement in European political integration to support for membership of the EEC took 18 years.

What we are now seeing, I then wrote, is the inevitable consequence of a forced change, for which the government is unprepared, where the speed of change is beyond its ability to accommodate.

I would sooner give the government time to adjust, rather than lose the chance of Brexit altogether, or risk ending up with a bodged outcome which takes decades to repair. If Brexit is to succeed, the process must be properly informed and the issues must be fully discussed and understood, not just by our legislators but also by the public at large.

Effectively, we need a different bus with a better message. And if that takes a couple more years, it is worth the wait.

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BreXit Party Boss Busted! Farage needs to fix himself first …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 16/04/2019

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BreXit Party Boss Busted! Farage needs to fix himself first …
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Oliver Norgrove, a former Nigel Farage admirer and Vote Leave staffer, explains how Brexit broke itself on the back of ‘grotesque simplifications’.

Like so many others, my intertwining with Brexit began with Nigel Farage. I remember watching him in person and on YouTube as an 18-year-old, just as my political journey was starting to take shape.

What aided Farage most was his ability to articulate simple solutions to incredibly complex problems.

Mr Farage was the first political figure to really inspire me. I was energised and sprung into action by him in a way that nobody else has since managed. I considered him – and still do to this day – to be an extraordinary orator, and somebody who could not only make the case for Leaving, but in the process relate to the people he was talking to. He appeared to me a cultural outlier in elite circles, even if his educational and professional background suggested otherwise.

What aided Farage most was his ability to articulate simple solutions to incredibly complex problems. He became so good at it that many of his answers turned quite organically into slogans. This had a major effect on people like me, because not only was he able to paint a patriotic and optimistic vision for Brexit, he provided activists with memorable and easily deployed arguments for use in general debate.  

The Problem with Slogans

The fact that Mr Farage relied on short, sharp and simple responses made him appear intellectually infallible, even if what he said was suspect in terms of its content.

On some level, the boiled-down, simplification of the issues made me remarkably naive but absurdly over-confident in my approach to arguing for leaving the EU.

The arguments turned Brexit into a more easily digestible, every-day snapshot: ‘They need us more than we need them’ making an analogy to the German car industry analogy; ‘Even in the worst case scenario, we’d be better off than we are now’ with reference to a comparison of tariff schedules based on the ‘they sell us more than we sell them’ point.

On some level, the boiled-down, simplification of the issues made me remarkably naive but absurdly over-confident in my approach to arguing for leaving the EU.

Nigel Farage enjoys a pint in Shoreham, West Sussex during a walkabout ahead of the Brexit Party rally at Brighton City Airport.

But, as time and negotiations progressed, and as more of the technical details became apparent, I started to realise that so many Faragist predictions and pronouncements just weren’t materialising.

The more I learned, for instance, about the mechanics of trade and WTO law, the more I recognised the complete untruth in so much of what had been said.

GATT Article XXIV was not going to provide for a no deal transition. The economic forecasts, increased red tape burden and the response of many businesses to looming third country status prove that we wouldn’t be better off in the worst case scenario than we are now. Most UK trade was not conducted under solely WTO rules. And there was no such thing as a ‘world trade deal’.

The Jaws of Reality

Brexit has been nothing if not an immense learning curve.

Pretty uniquely in the Brexit debate, I have experienced a good flavour of three distinct divisions within the Leave movement: UKIP, Vote Leave and the assorted ‘Liberal Leave’ campaigns, all of which unite around protecting our membership of the single market. I believe that this has enriched my analytical perspective on many of the issues surrounding the UK’s EU withdrawal.

Farage’s grotesque simplifications… and the almost religious evasion of detail were never going to prepare us for our departure.

The outright lies and failure to deal adequately with policy details will go down in history as the Leave side’s most prominent sore. Leaving the European Union is a mammoth legal, technical and constitutional task which cannot be orchestrated according to the whims of the political sloganeering we saw in the 2016 referendum. The jaws of reality, it turns out, cannot be avoided indefinitely.

To some extent, I should have had greater foresight and viewed the withdrawal issues through a more critical lens. But then again, this could be said of almost anybody invested in Brexit. Farage’s grotesque simplifications, parroted by individuals uninterested in complexity, and the almost religious evasion of detail were never going to prepare us for our departure. It is here where history will truly judge him.

With last week’s launch of the new Brexit Party, Nigel Farage has set about re-packaging the core of Brexit support. He says he wants to bring back trust to the political climate, changing our politics ‘for good’. I say he should start with a small measure of self-reflection. He should start by fixing himself.

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We can but hope This EUlogy is more of an Obituary for Ukip …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 15/04/2019

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it seems Ukip’s final demise is coming faster than one might expect, the failure started with Farage, who realised there was nothing further he could personally milk out of it & quit, leaving it in the catastrophic hands of first Diane James who realised that her partner had sufficient assetts for those who were owed money by the party once she had the leadership to persue her – had shunned the awkward and savoury public moment of being kissed by Nigel Farage and had read the balance sheet , it seems , as she quit in 18 days!

Nigel Farage had to keep it going to distance himself from its parlous state and stepped back in long enough to find some other idiot to dupe into the position and in quick succession there was Paul Nuttall who was forced to crawl away & hide under a stone or something, once we had comprehensively exposed his lies & braggadocio in his embarrassingly nonsense CV (almost as much exagerated rubbish as that of David Bannerman who had made an earlier play for leadership but lost hands down when I exposed him also!).

Next we had Henry Bolton who had little understanding of the cause or the party but felt, with his new exalted title, it was time to dump his wife and as I recall small child to parade his new bimbo who lasted a very short time  for reasons well exposed elsewhere on this blog! He promptly quit.

Now they were really scraping the barrel and the only person willing to take on the role was the utterly incompetent, corrupt, obsessive Gerard Batten with his Phillipino wife and hence his extremist Islamaphobic views – views that have been the keystone of his catastrophic leadership.

Not content with his extreme racism, presumably to make him look less extreme he took on, as his main advisor & prominent spokesman (when out of prison!) the infamous Tommy Robinson and thus a surge of new members from the ever more extreme gutter sweepings that Ukip has attracted over latter years.

Now of the 24 MEPs elected to Ukip I see the 3 remaining women have also jumped ship leaving Gerard Batten with a crew of 3 in the EU now!

Ukip’s sole remaining MEPs are the oaff Mike Hookem, best if not only known for having been an instigator of a fist fight which hospitalised another Ukip MEP now affiliated with the Tory Party, then there is the odious scoundrel Stuart Agnew who was exposed some years ago on film bragging of how he, with Malcolm Pearson (a Peer of dubious origins) & Nigel Farage fiddling donations to Ukip to avoid declaring them, finally there is Ray Finch, something of a nonentity, probably best known for employing Kirsten Farage (Nigel’s wife) whilst Nigel employed her @£30Kpa his only justification seemed to be she was willing to carry out her duties late at night in a dressing gown – where that places Finch I know not!

Then of course there is Batten himself – all a rather sorry situation and one can but hope that IF there is participation in an EU election in May, Batten will stand down and Ukip will withdraw from the field of combat to avoid further embarrassment having slid from 24 MEPs to their present 4!

It is unlikely Ukip, despite the utter mess Corbyn has forced May into over BreXit whether Ukip will get ANY councillors returned on May 2nd local elections.

Surely the public have had enough of this shower!

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To be sure those who have sought liberation from the EU to take full advantage of the opportunities BreXit clearly offers will be glad to see them gone as they have done so much damage to the cause and thus the country over the years.

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There is plenty more filth to remove from #Farage & associates – both old & new but #Mick_McGough is a good place to start …

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do be minded that Nigel Farage & Mick McGough have worked closely together for almost 20 years, even in the early 2000s the overt bully & racist McGough was heavily involved as a book keeper for Farage & also acting as one of Farage’s bully boys with no gutter he was not prepared to wallow in to aid his idol – all be it for his own gain in terms of expenses, opportunities & salary!

Drinking buddies of many years standing!

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Brexit party official removed after antisemitic posts

Nigel Farage’s party says treasurer no longer has role after making ‘unacceptable statements’

Michael McGough
Michael McGough was previously a long-standing Ukip member. Photograph: Twitter

A senior official from Nigel Farage’s pro-Brexit party has been removed after the Guardian uncovered antisemitic and other offensive Facebook posts he made, two weeks after the party leader quit her role for similar reasons.

The party said Michael McGough, its treasurer, had made “unacceptable statements” and would no longer have any role in the organisation.

In some messages, McGough refers to Ed and David Miliband and Peter Mandelson as having “shallow UK roots” or being “devoid of UK roots” – seen as a common antisemitic trope about Jewish people.

A Facebook post saw McGough refer to a foreigner as “someone from a bingo bongo land”. In another, he said many survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were “illegal aliens enjoying an amnesty”.

On 20 March the original leader, Catherine Blaiklock, resigned after the Guardian asked her about a series of deleted anti-Islam Twitter messages, in which she repeatedly retweeted far-right figures as well as sending her own offensive updates.

The Electoral Commission now lists Farage as the party leader. The departure of McGough means that two of the three Brexit party officers originally listed by the commission have now left.

McGough was previously a longstanding Ukip member. He was on the party’s national executive and stood for election as an MP three times in the Essex constituency of Brentwood and Ongar. Like Farage and Blaiklock he left the party over its anti-Islam stance under its current leader.

Despite this, one of McGough’s Facebook posts, from March 2017, refers obliquely to Islam potentially being a “fifth column” in the UK. “Perhaps a packet of bacon would act like garlic to a vampire but I doubt it,” he wrote. “If we had sharia law then surely most of the terrorist retards would be limbless as they all seem to have past criminal records for theft and violence.”

A string of posts from the same year use seemingly antisemitic insults against the Milibands and Mandelson. One calls David Miliband “son of an east European communist now milking it from a charity in New York and devoid of UK roots”.

Another message says: “The Miliband dudes and Mandelson have the shortest of roots. Transient folk they have no loyalty to the UK.” One reply by another user tells McGough he is on “slightly dangerous ground”. McGough replies: “True, but there is a valid point to be made even if it seems offensive. It is not dissimilar to Lord Tebbit’s cricket test.”

A post about Mandelson reads: “I resent being called racist by an old queen with shallow UK roots.”

McGough also posted a string of homophobic comments in the autumn of 2017, when there were two LGBT candidates vying for the then vacant Ukip leadership.

“I don’t want a skirtlifter for leader,” he wrote in one. A post a month earlier said: “With Queers Week on the BBC we are being bombarded with material to undermine our sexuality and procreation. I doubt the immigrant birth rates will be affected.” Another referred to a transgender politician who had been on BBC radio: “My, what a deep voice and what a lousy state broadcaster.”

The Brexit party statement said: “The Brexit party is saddened by the unacceptable statements made by Mr McGough. Taken together they mean that he cannot hold a position in the Brexit party.”

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said the party “did the right thing” in parting company with McGough and Blaiklock. “The new party will need to institute rigorous anti-racist procedures and policies to ensure this doesn’t keep happening,” she said.

Ian Murray, a Labour MP who backs the People’s Vote campaign, said Farage’s new party seemed to be “vectors for nasty, vicious and ugly politics”.

He said: “The worst argument against a People’s Vote or the European elections has always been that they would encourage the far right. We should be fighting, not hiding from, the far right and their friends like Farage at every single opportunity.”

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The Racist Foundations Of Nigel Farage’s New Party – ‘TheBreXitParty’ The Clone Of Ukip! …

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The Founder Of Nigel Farage’s New Brexit Party Has A History Of Anti-Muslim Comments

“If these people really dislike it so much in the West, why do they chose [sic] to live here?”

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The founder of Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party has a long history of making inflammatory comments about Muslims, BuzzFeed News can reveal.

When he resigned from UKIP in December last year, Farage explained his decision by warning that his former party was “turning a blind eye to extremist politics” and had become “obsessed with Islam”.

Brexity party founder Catherine Blaiklock

Brexity party founder Catherine Blaiklock

But Farage has now thrown his “full support” behind a new party founded by former UKIP candidate Catherine Blaiklock, who has herself repeatedly made anti-Muslim comments and promoted online material attacking Muslims.

Blaiklock registered the Brexit party with the Electoral Commission on Feb. 5 and is said to be hoping to run candidates in the European elections in May if the UK has not left the EU by then.

The new party has been endorsed by Farage, who said: “This was Catherine’s idea entirely — but she has done this with my full knowledge and my full support. If the government goes back on its word and betrays the millions of people who voted for Brexit then we need a party prepared to stand up and fight for it.”

Over the last year, Blaiklock has written opinion pieces for a range of right-wing outlets, including the pro-Tommy Robinson news website Politicalite and the conservative quarterly magazine the Salisbury Review. She’s also written several pieces for the partisan UKIP website Independence Daily, been interviewed by the Kremlin-backed propaganda site Sputnik News, and in November appeared on Breitbart writer James Delingpole’s podcast.

In a blog post titled “Burka’s [sic] in Detroit” published on her website in May last year, Blaiklock complained that when she ordered a Thai takeaway meal in the US city it was delivered by a woman in a burka.

“What is happening in a few areas of the United States is truly shocking – and few American’s [sic] can even believe it,” she wrote. “There are two cities, near Detroit, that have become almost total Muslim enclaves.” She was referring to Hamtramck in Michigan, which is said to have been the first Muslim-majority city council in the US, and Dearborn, also in Michigan, where around one-third of the city claims some Arab heritage, according to the Arab American Institute.

Blaiklock then urged her readers to watch a YouTube video titled “Muslim Takeover Of Dearborn Michigan”, which she called “fascinating”, and another video called “Angry Muslims Taunt To School Board ‘We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon’”.

Blaiklock concluded her article by writing: “There are currently 50 majority Muslim countries in the world. If these people really dislike it so much in the West, why do they chose [sic] to live here? One can only ponder the answer to that question”.

In an email to BuzzFeed News, she said: “I was merely stating a personal opinion that is shared quite widely, both at home and abroad, indeed in a series of muslim [sic] majority countries, as the article makes clear.”

In an article for the pro-Tommy Robinson website Politicalite in July, Blaiklock backed a Conservative party activist who was suspended for claiming that “radical so-called Islamists” are “raping and impregnating British girls and young women, ‘creating’ Muslim babies”.

In her defence of Carola Godman Irvine, Blaiklock wrote: “If 23% of ordinary British Muslim think Sharia law should be implemented, just think what the really radical think. There is also some truth in the statement that Muslim men were impregnating white British girls to create Muslim babies”.

Blaiklock went on: “The real issue, of course, is not what Muslims think, that seems pretty well known. Muslims, particularly in France, have been saying for a while that ‘Someday this will all be ours.’ The real issue is what do the Conservative Party think they are doing.”

Blaiklock told BuzzFeed News that she was merely highlighting “the point about radical Islam not liking our way of life. Is that not entirely uncontroversial?”

In September, Blaiklock wrote an opinion piece titled “Prayer mats or beer mats?” for the Salisbury Review, which lamented the closure of pubs across Britain, while also questioning where money for mosques was coming from.

“According to The British Beer and Pub Association, 10,500 pubs have closed since 2000,” Blaiklock wrote. “Just imagine if even a small proportion of these pubs get turned into Mosques. That is what seems to be happening in East Anglia.”

Turning attention to the situation in Norwich, Blaiklock wrote, “I doubt that you would ever see a Burka and rarely a Hijab, but it seems that there are enough Muslims to built [sic] a large Mosque.”

“You have to question where such a small community gets £1.5m of donations from. It takes a lot of Bangladeshi takeaways dishes at £1 profit a time to raise and save these sort of amounts.”

Asked about the article, she said it was simply raising “some questions” about “strange” and “un-investigated” coincidences in East Anglia.

Blaiklock’s Twitter account @cablaiklock is also no longer active on the platform. But in a cached version of a tweet sent on Christmas Day found by BuzzFeed News, she commented on a news story about 40 migrants being rescued from boats in the English Channel. Noting the migrants were “all from Islamic countries”, Blaiklock wrote: “When will 40 become 400, become 4000, become 40,000, become 4m, become 40m?”

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When asked about the tweet, Blaiklock told BuzzFeed News: “The question stands. The answer of course could be never.”

Blaiklock’s history of inflammatory comment does not just extend to Muslims. In August, she wrote an article titled “Apartheid USA” for the Salisbury Review, in which she gave her account of what she perceived as the inequalities in Boston, Massachusetts.

Recounting a visit to a café called Sweetgreen full of “professional, educated, intelligent and probably Democrat” customers, Blaiklock wrote: “Outside, on the streets, in front of [Sweetgreen] were 5 star hotels, charging £600 per night, (without breakfast), lived an even lower community than the one in Wendy’s: The homeless underclass. Pregnant, scared and scarred, drugged white girls mixed with demented older black men. Weird and lost people of all descriptions wandered about”.

She told BuzzFeed News the piece was “a criticism of a state of reality in inner city Boston”.

In April last year, Blaiklock wrote an open letter to the English Heritage charity about a training programme aimed at BAME candidates. Describing her daughters as “half-Nepalese”, Blaiklock asked: “Does that fit your ‘Minority Ethnic Heritage’ definition? They have both English and Nepalese names: so, if one applied as Zangmu Llama, I presume her application would be accepted? Whereas if she applied as Jane Hawes, may I presume it would be rejected?”

Blaiklock then described one of her daughters as having “Mongoloid” eyes. She wrote: “To complicate things further, one of my daughters looks Asian. She has ‘Mongoloid’ eyes and an epicanthic fold. My other daughter doesn’t — she has white skin and dark hair and eyes. She is often told she looks Spanish or Brazilian. If she were to apply, would she need to prove her ethnic mix?”

She concluded: “Does a Jewish man or woman count as an ethnic minority? You see many Jewish people look exactly like my daughter. Does Spanish count as ‘ethnic’? What about my previous husband who was half Singaporean and half British? He and his brother looked completely different: one looked Chinese and the other looked Caucasian. Does 25 per cent ‘ethnic’ count? Does 12.5 per cent count? Where does ‘ethnic’ end?”

When asked about the article, she said: “The Brexit party, is not about anything like this, though again I stand by my points in this article. English heritage responded that BAME is defined only by self-identification.

“It is about letting the legacy parties know that if they renege on their promises to the people of this country then they will live to regret it electorally.”

Approached by BuzzFeed News, Farage declined to comment on whether he will continue to support the Brexit party in light of its founder’s views.

Responding to this story, a spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain said:

“Nigel Farage’s claim that he left UKIP due to its descent into Islamophobia and its alignment with elements of the far-right, appears untenable given the new revelations.

“Without any immediate action by Mr Farage, many will understandably conclude that given his own personal history, Islamophobia was being used as a convenient political football in his fight against Mr Batten rather than a matter of principle against racism.

Mr Farage must act immediately to disassociate from Ms Blaiklock and The Brexit Party under her leadership.”

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The Brexit Party: We’re only making plans for Nigel

None of this will come as any surprise to those who know him well in a political context: Nigel Farage appears to be positioning himself to be ready, should the opportunity arise, to remain in the European Parliament (EP) for a fifth term.

His newly formed Brexit Party (although it is not clear at this point what, if any, official office he will hold) has been officially recognised by the UK Electoral Commission, clearing the way for him to stand in this year’s European Parliament Elections if, as appears possible, Brexit is delayed. The EP’s administration has put into place contingency plans for just such an event. 

We’re only making plans for Nigel… We only want what’s best for him… We’re only making plans for Nigel… Nigel just needs this helping hand

Lyrics by Colin Moulding, bassist of English rock band XTC

An EP with UK MEPs would look far different from the post-Brexit situation that the Eurocrats have been planning for. After the UK’s withdrawal the Parliament would have had fewer MEPs, although some UK seats would have been redistributed to the remaining 27 member states. It would also see a significant reduction in staff numbers. Although current staff members of UK origin have been assured that they will be redeployed, they will not be eligible for future promotion. Many of them have tried to address this problem by obtaining Belgian citizenship.

All this would have had major ramifications for the EP’s budget, and the last thing any EU institution wants is to see it’s budget being reduced. At this moment there is a great deal of horse trading going on in the backrooms of both the EP and the European Commission.

Farage’s personal ambitions to remain in the institution that has fed him since 1999 – he is one of the UK’s longest standing MEPs – should not be viewed in isolation.

 As reported in EU Today (Dec 1st 2018), he gave his full support to his current Press Officer in the EP, one Hermann Kelly, during the September 8th 2018 Dublin launch of a new Irish party, clumsily named Irexit:Freedom to Prosper

In an interview with the Irish Times, Kelly stated that he was “very much at home” with the economic nationalism espoused by Donald Trump’s former Chief Strategist in the White House, Steve Bannon.

Farage is also highly supportive of, and indeed linked to, Bannon, who is currently working to bring some of Europe’s more extreme right wing political parties together under the banner of The Movement, a somewhat murky populist organisation based in Brussels.

Another person with links to Bannon is Farage’s “co-habitant”, one Laure Ferrari, a former employee of Farage’s political group in the EP. Belgian legal documents obtained by EU Today clearly identify Ms. Ferrari as one of two nominees for the role of Secretary-General of The Movement.

Ms. Ferrari has a background in French populist politics, and was the centre of a UKIP funding scandal whilst head of the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe (IDDE), which was found by the EP to have “used EU grant funding for the benefit of UKIP in breach of its rules…” This was in response to an enquiry by the Electoral Commission.

There are serious questions being asked in Brussels over the source of the substantial funding that Bannon has brought to The Movement. While he has stated that there is no Russian money involved, very few journalists are looking at any other avenues. It is certainly the case that individual parties involved in The Movement have either obtained, or sought, Russian funding. Certainly those politicians associated with the organisation appear frequently on Russian state controlled media.

Bannon’s former boss, Donald Trump, has also faced repeated suggestions of accepting Kremlin geld. 

The newly formed Brexit Party, which Farage hopes will be him with a vehicle to a fifth mandate in the EP, needs to be examined in this context. 

Farage’s position towards the French far-fight leader Marine Le-Pen has considerably softened: this may have something to do with the fact that she has also come under Bannon’s spell.

Those who worked with or around Farage were aware at the time when a petition calling for a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU was fast gaining signatures – a petition he had nothing to do with, incidentally – that a referendum was the last thing he wanted. 

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Like other UKIP MEPs he was aware that whatever the result, his party’s raison d’être would disappear. He only signed the petition on the green outside the House of Commons on the day that House Backbench Business Committee was debating the petition, and then only under duress from the actual instigator, Nikki Sinclaire, and in front of an amused group of journalists.

Of course, when the referendum was announced, it then became UKIP’s “greatest achievement”.

Despite this “achievement”, and the criticisms he pours upon Theresa May for her appalling handling of the negotiations, one could be forgiven for suspecting that Farage will be privately praying for Brexit to be at the very least delayed. 

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it is easily forgotten that if the independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire had not organised and used her own money to have the British peoples petition Government to hold a full debate in the House of Commons & delivered 225,000 signatures to Parliament – there would have been no IN / OUT Debate relative to the EU.

It is also worth remembering just how duplicitously and dishonestly Nigel Farage campaigned to try to prevent her achieving the 100,000 signatures she needed to force the debate. Just as you will remember Nigel Farage and Ukip did absolutely nothing in Britain to try to stop the new EU Constitution which was signed into EU law as The Lisbon Treaty which Gordon Brown authorised – despite the efforts of the Conservative Party to prevent it!

Many believe that out of spite Nigel Farage colluded with John Ison & Mark Croucher, aided by the corrupt West Midlands Police & CPS, to plant evidence in an effort to frame Nikki Sinclair via the Courts – fortunately the set-up was badly organised and despite Police sitting in Court with the CPS watching the proceedings and influenced by John Ison admitting to his criminal activities in open Court so blatantly that the Judge cautioned him officially Ms. Sinclaire was totally exhonourated of all the lies and allegations brought against her by the Police and approved by the CPS.

Neither the CPS nor West Midland Police had the common courtesy to admit their errors and it would seem they had prepared a case for when she was found guilty aimed at totally bankrupting her!

No damages were forthcoming for the huge stress they had put her under for a number of years with their lies, nor were damages given for her loss of income and loss of her future prospects politically as a result of their dishonesty.

It is also of note that despite having admitten to falsifying evidence and other criminal behaviour in open Court and implicating Nigel Farage the police failed to prosecute either of them and made the palpably false claim that they did not have evidence of the crimes!

Clearly neither the Police nor the CPS can be trusted and are thus unfit for purpose and can not be believed in providing evidence in Court!

Let us therefore remember the price Nikki Sinclaire paid, on our behalf, to ensure BreXit happened.

These are ‘the good things that will happen if no-deal Brexit happens’

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No-deal Brexit is usually described with words like ‘chaos’, ‘crashing out’ and ‘shortages’ but there are a lot of people who believe it will be great for Britain.

So what are the benefits of a hard-Brexit?
Well number one on anyone’s list has to be £39 billion which is the amount of cash the UK has agreed to pay the EU in the Withdrawal Deal.

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A leave supporter takes part in a demonstration near the Parliament in London, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.

With Britain’s House of Commons bitterly divided on the way forward for Britain’s departure from the European Union, lawmakers representing various factions are vying to have their say in the Brexit process after they overwhelmingly rejected the government’s divorce agreement two weeks ago.

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(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) For some Brexiteers no-deal is what they voted for (Picture: AP)

Instead of sending the cash to Brussels the UK Government could pay around a third of the annual NHS England budget, or even buy thousands of busses plastered with snappy promises. Or with all that unexpected cash sloshing around in the UK’s current account, all 62 million of us in the country could be given a one off cash payment of £628.

If there is no backstop, customs union or other type of deal then as from March 30 the UK can make its own rules up for the first time since 1970.

This is what no-deal fans believe is the most exiting part of leaving the EU. TOPSHOT – Protesters hold up placards and Union flags as they attend a pro-Brexit demonstration promoted by UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) in central London on December 9, 2018, as the crucial vote on the Brexit deal in the House of Commons looms. – Prime Minister Theresa May appears likely to lose a historic vote on the Brexit deal she has struck with EU leaders in a crucial parliament vote on Tuesday.

Defeat in the House of Commons is almost certain to lead to either a no-confidence vote from the opposition or a leadership challenge from within her own Conservative Party.

Former UKIP and independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire, whose petition helped force a parliamentary debate about a referendum, told Metro.co.uk: ‘No deal will return parliamentary sovereignty immediately and thus allow the UK to enter into negotiations with the EU on an equal basis and we would be more likely to get a better deal. ‘First and foremost it will allow us to trade with the rest of the world unhindered.

We will be free to enter into free trade agreements with whom we like.’ She added: ‘The UK would reclaim its seat at the World Trade Organisation and would be able to play its full part. We would once again be an independent member of the G7 without oversight of the EU.

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Former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire leaves Birmingham Crown Court after a pre-trial review of her case where she is accused of money laundering in relation to travel expenses and misconduct in a public office.

Former MEP Nikki Sinclaire believes Brexit will be brilliant for Britain (Picture: PA) ‘Our aid to third world countries could be more targeted. The UK is the second largest donor of foreign aid in the world.

However, the best aid would be able to buy these countries goods therefore able to help these countries trade themselves out of poverty.

‘And another great thing about a no-deal Brexit is that we will never have to see or hear Nigel Farage again!’

Animals lovers are excited about a no-deal Brexit and have already called for the UK to ban the ‘cruel transport of live cattle’ which under EU laws is allowed.

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A cow looks out from a transport truck after being sold at the livestock market by auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt at Sedgemoor market in Bridgewater, U.K., on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Farm income in the U.K., the European Union’s third-biggest wheat grower, fell 14 percent in 2012 as wet weather reduced harvests and costs climbed, the government said.

Live cattle across borders could be stopped immediately after a no-deal Brexit

The RSPCA’s David Bowles said: ‘The European parliament’s environment, petitions, agriculture and transport committees repeated that member states do not properly comply with or enforce the necessary animal welfare protections and that it is difficult to meet the welfare needs of animals during long-distance transport. ‘These calls for reduced journey times, better animal welfare provisions and much stricter enforcement by member states were also voted through by the Environment Committee.

‘However, the EU Commission has always ignored these calls so we need the governments in the UK to take advantage of Brexit and bring an immediate end to these journeys and this suffering.’ epa07226100

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Former Brexit Secretary, David Davis speaks on a mobile telephone as he passes the British Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain, 12 December 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a challenge to her leadership on 12 December 2018 after 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered to the Chariman of the 1922 Committee. May will find out her future after Conservative Members of Parliament vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT later in the evening.

Arch Brexiteer David Davis believes the pound will drop after a no-deal Brexit and ‘that would not be a bad thing’.

He said: ‘The first thing that will happen is it will go about five, ten points down further from the 15 it already is. ‘So, we’ll end up 20 or 25 below what it was before the referendum. That’s not a bad thing. The pound’s always been too high from the point of view of industry because of the effect of the City. ‘Our competitive position with vis-a-vis Europe would be dramatically better even if there are tariffs.’

Chairman of Wetherspoons pub chain, Tim Martin is seen during an interview in London on June 14, 2016. At popular British pub chain Wetherspoon, the EU referendum debate is hard to avoid — it’s in the magazine given out to customers, on the company website and even on special anti-EU beer mats.

Tim Martin is hoping for a no-deal Brexit (Picture: AFP)

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Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin also believes a no-deal Brexit will help the UK.

He said: ‘We can eliminate tariffs on thousands of products, many of which aren’t made in the UK, like rice, bananas, oranges, New Zealand wine – 12,000 products, and that will make people in the country better off.’

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ABC of Ukip! Agnew, Batten & Collins Quit Farage’s EFDD Group & JoinThe National Front & Le-Pen! …

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UKIP leader Gerard Batten and two other UKIP MEPs (Stuart Agnew and Jane Collins) have joined Marine Le Pen’s ENF group in the European Parliament. Batten had resigned from Farage’s more moderate EFDD group in December to sit as an independent. The far right ENF group was founded in 2014 following discussions between Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, and consists of a number of quasi-fascist parties across Europe.

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Who is the real Nigel Farage… and why won’t he answer my questions?

Trump… Russian TV… key witnesses in Robert Mueller’s investigation. The jokey ‘bloke with a pint’ now has a network that spreads well beyond the UK. Our reporter has spent months on the trail of Mr Brexit…

The first time I call Nigel Farage live on air on his LBC radio show, I give my real name. It’s Sunday 10 June 2018, the day the Observer reports that Arron Banks, the main funder of Farage’s Leave.EU campaign, had not one (as he had claimed), but several meetings with the Russian ambassador in the run-up to the EU referendum.

“What do you want to say to Nigel?” the producer asks. “I want to talk about how the funder of his campaign has systematically lied about his relationship with the Russian government,” I say. “I can’t put you through,” the producer says, an edge of panic in her voice. “Come on,” I say. “You’re a journalist. You know these are important questions. “I’m standing in,” she says. “I’m not the usual producer.” She promises to speak to her editor and call me back.

No one calls me back.

Two days later, I try again. Banks and his business partner Andy Wigmore, the spokesman for the Leave.EU campaign, are on the show to “answer questions”. It’s an interview in the best traditions of a Stalinist show trial – the man asking them the questions is the man whose campaign they funded – but even so, they sound spooked. It’s the only occasion in my time of reporting on them that I’ve heard them so subdued and serious.

There’s never been an issue with me discussing Farage on other LBC shows such as James O’Brien’s, but, again, I can’t get through. Minutes later, a friend does, and passes me the phone. Actually, I say, just as Farage has built up a head of steam about the Trump-Russia “witch hunt”, it’s Carole Cadwalladr from the Guardian and Observer. “I don’t want to talk to Carole Cadwalladr of the Guardian!” Farage says. In the video of the moment, you can see him frantically motioning his producer with his eyes. The phone line is cut.

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Nigel Farage is so regularly on our airwaves and quoted in the press, but he is rarely held to account. At this point I’ve been writing about him for almost two years, and I have no way of asking him questions. His PR man almost never responds to messages. Doesn’t respond to interview requests.

And then on 7 September this year we finally meet. He’s on tour with a one-man show entitled An Entertaining Evening With Nigel Farage, which has just landed – somewhat bizarrely – in Melbourne, Australia. Everything is a bit different here. The day before the event, I receive a notification of a change of venue (were ticket sales perhaps not what Farage might have hoped?). The event has been moved from a mid-sized arena to the conference room of a city centre hotel.

What’s more, to get in, I have to fight my way through what feels like a running street battle. In Melbourne, Farage isn’t known as the Ukip man off the radio and telly. “He’s Donald Trump’s fascist sidekick and we don’t want his type here,” claims one of the protesters. He’s holding a placard that depicts Farage as a pig.

Inside, it’s different. The audience – overwhelmingly male, surprisingly young – laps up his well-rehearsed bonhomie. And afterwards, for an extra A$200 on my ticket fee, I get to hang out backstage with a select crowd drinking bad white wine. And then, here he is.

Hello, Nigel, I say, and introduce myself. He blinks. But, he doesn’t flee for the exit. Not straight away. It’s been frustrating, I say, because I’ve just wanted to ask you some direct questions. Will you do a proper interview with me?

“Well, I don’t know!” he says, with a flash of the trademark Farage charm. “Maybe. It depends what mood I’m in. I don’t work for you. I don’t have to do it, do I?”

No, I say, but you’re a public figure. You’re funded by taxpayers. The European Union funds you. We pay taxes that pay for you.

“Well, who funds you?” he says. “The Observer funds me,” I say.

“George Soros, is it?”

I can’t quite believe that he’s said this, apparently in all seriousness. Banks has also accused me of being funded by Soros. And I’ve heard Farage using the phrase in the European parliament. It’s a reference to George Soros, the Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist, who after the fall of communism, funded democracy-building institutions and movements across eastern Europe. He became a hate figure to the Russian government, who launched a propaganda campaign portraying him as a meddling Jewish banker.

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What “funded by Soros” really means is: “funded by Jews”. It signals antisemitism to an audience without saying it directly. But the only audience is me. I’m gobsmacked. Could he actually believe this stuff?

“George Soros doesn’t fund me!” I say. “How could George Soros fund me?”

“Well I don’t know!” Farage says. “You think the Russians fund me!”

And then his minder appears. I have moments to put my question, the question that kicked it all off. Why did you visit Julian Assange? I say in a hurry.

“LBC organised that,” he says. “You seem to be so stuck in your sad little world. They sent me. LBC wanted the interview. You can’t seem to get that into your mind. Why would my press officer, I mean my producer, come with me?”

And then he’s gone.

It’s the briefest of brief encounters and yet our exchange is so instructive. Because from the Kremlin, “Soros” as a political smear spread to the likes of Hungary’s demagogue-in-training, Viktor Orbán, and was picked up a year ago by Farage. When the Electoral Commission opened an investigation into the sources of Arron Banks’s funding a year ago, Farage made a speech in the European parliament in which he blamed this development on Soros. “This is where the real international political collusion is.” From Britain, it leapfrogged to the US, where it’s been deployed by Trump supporters about the “caravans” of immigrants heading for the US border with Mexico. Last week, it descended to the final circle of this hell: Facebook. The New York Times reported that after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook hired a right-leaning opposition research firm who used accusations of “Soros funding” to smear the company’s critics. In a way, the anti-Soros propaganda illuminates everything I’ve been trying to understand about Farage’s place in today’s world: that he represents a bridge between the authoritarian far right parties of central and eastern Europe that are aligned with Russia, and Trump’s America.

It all feels a long way from West Kent golf club and the undulating greens outside Farage’s childhood home. His autobiography describes his time at Dulwich college from 1975 to 1982 (he left the public school with few if any O-levels – accounts vary), and how a meeting at the golf club led to his first job as a commodities trader on the London Metal Exchange with a minor City firm. For years, this has been the image that Farage has cultivated. The tweed jackets. The pints. The Little Englander who lived modestly in a Kent suburban home and spoke to Britain’s G&T belt. Even in 2014, he said in an interview that he realised he must reach beyond his core base, which he describes as “very middle class, very below the M4, ex-military”.

This is no longer Farage’s world. He left that world far behind some time ago. But there’s a time lag in Britain in understanding this. In understanding Farage’s relationships with the European far right. And in understanding that he’s using the same playbook as the Kremlin, Steve Bannon (Donald Trump’s former chief strategist) and Robert Mercer, who for a long time funded Bannon’s pet projects, including alt-right news site Breitbart, and Cambridge Analytica.

Here in the UK, Farage is still cosy Mr Brexit. He’s been touring the country running “Leave Means Leave” rallies – I went to one in a retail park in Bolton – where talk of medicine running out and lorries backed up on the motorway was denounced as yet more “Project Fear”. He’s the man who holds fast to an ideologically pure Brexit vision untainted by the realpolitik of Theresa May’s compromises. The man who broadcasts live on LBC five times a week and pops up on the BBC.

Critically, in Britain, where political coverage follows the beat of Westminster’s drum, we have yet to really catch up with Farage’s uncomfortable new position: in overlapping circles radiating from US special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Could this be why Farage is avoiding me? He has refused to answer my questions for more than 18 months, since I wrote a report for the Observer – headlined When Nigel Farage met Julian Assange – published on 23 April last year. It posed a series of questions to which there are still no clear answers. Questions that, it’s become increasingly clear, cover some of the same territory that Mueller is circling.

Visiting Trump Tower in New York in December 2016 shortly after Donald Trump was elected president of the US.
Visiting Trump Tower in New York in December 2016 shortly after Donald Trump was elected president of the US. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Farage was caught tripping down the steps of the Ecuadorean embassy by a reporter from BuzzFeed. “Nigel Farage just visited the Ecuadorean embassy in London,” the headline said. And the story said: “Asked by BuzzFeed News if he’d been visiting Julian Assange, the former Ukip leader said he could not remember what he had been doing in the building.”

The visit had come shortly after Farage had visited Donald Trump in Washington. BuzzFeed’s story involved three individuals, Trump, Assange and Farage, who were at the centre of the political storms that had changed the world in 2016 and raised a new set of questions.

Last week, 20 months after Farage’s meeting with Assange, LBC issued a statement about it: “It was an exploratory meeting to discuss the possibility of an interview for the station. This preliminary meeting amounted to nothing, which is why LBC has not previously commented on the context in which the meeting took place as this would not be customary. Whilst Nigel Farage attended the meeting, it was not set up at his instigation.”

It was the timings around the visit that raised questions. Farage left the embassy around noon. BuzzFeed’s story appeared at 1.31pm. At 2.28pm WikiLeaks made an announcement: it would host a live press conference with Assange about his latest leak, “Vault 7”, about mass CIA surveillance. This was during a week when things had started to look serious for Trump. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, had been caught lying under oath about two meetings with the Russian ambassador and recused himself from the Russia inquiry. The “Vault 7” story , which landed US tech companies in the middle of CIA cyber-espionage, erupted on to the news cycle. It blew Russia off the front pages.

Later, in June 2017, the Guardian reported that Farage was a “person of interest” to the FBI. Last week Farage told the Sunday Times he had not spoken to Mueller’s team: “I’ve done nothing wrong, so why would I worry about it? I mean, it’s very funny, deranged.”

We don’t know if Farage is involved in the Russian intelligence operation that Mueller is so painstakingly unpicking. The investigation is in lockdown. But we know almost certainly that Assange is involved. An FBI indictment unsealed on 13 July said that at the heart of Russia’s operation to subvert the US presidential election is “Organization 1”, widely reported to be WikiLeaks.

It’s Mueller who’s identified this. It’s the FBI indictments that reveal that so many strands of the investigation run through London.

The third time I call Farage at LBC is 1 November 2018, the day Arron Banks is referred to the National Crime Agency because the Electoral Commission had decided it can’t be sure of the source of Banks’s multimillion-pound donation to Farage’s Leave.EU campaign. Or even that it came from Britain.

This time I’m “Claire from Ashford, Kent”. I’ve been thinking about Remembrance Sunday, I tell Farage. “It’s a real time to feel patriotic about our laws and sovereignty,” I say. “It certainly is,” says Farage. “It’s why I’m so concerned about these reports about not knowing where Arron Banks’s money comes from,” I say.

“I’m not discussing spending in the referendum here and now, Claire!” says Farage. The line goes dead.

Who is Nigel Farage? It’s no longer clear. When I Google “Nigel Farage” and “Soros”, I end up watching a video on the far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars, in which Farage is being interviewed by its founder, Alex Jones. InfoWars Farage is very far from LBC Farage – even though the video is shot inside LBC’s studio, with the LBC logo behind him. This Farage talks about our shared “Judeo-Christian culture”. (Words not often heard, I can’t help thinking, in West Kent golf club.)

This is Steve Bannon’s language. The language of “globalists” and what Bannon pitches as an all-out war against the “elites”, an all-out war he’s now bringing to Europe with his latest project, a pan-European far-right coalition that he calls the Movement.

At a Trump rally in Mississippi in August 2016.
At a Trump rally in Mississippi in August 2016. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

“Farage has always followed the money,” a Ukip insider, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells me. “He knows which side his bread is buttered. When the US alt-right and evangelicals started supporting him, he became just like them.” And when I ask Greg Lance-Watkins, another key ex-Ukiper, how he’d describe his ideology he says: “Farage’s ideology is Farage.” In the 90s, Lance-Watkins used to advise Farage before his Question Time appearances. “He’s scared of the trick question. That’s why he won’t speak to you.

“He’s scared of you, because you confuse him. It’s like the old adage, don’t ask a question you don’t know the answer to. He doesn’t know what answer you’re looking for.”

But then neither do I.

It’s not until I sit through An Entertaining Evening With Nigel Farage in Melbourne that I realise he’s not just a seven-times failed UK parliamentary candidate, but a bona fide YouTube star. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without YouTube,” Farage tells his audience of young men. Men who, when I ask, what do you think of Nigel Farage, say: “He’s an absolute legend.” Or: “He’s the dog’s bollocks.”

How did you come across him, I ask, Alex, a programmer who lives locally? “On YouTube. I was watching a Jordan Peterson video. He was recommended to me.”

It’s an eye-opening moment. Jordan Peterson is the Canadian psychologist whose forthright views on women and why feminism is wrong have made him an alt-right YouTube breakout star. YouTube’s algorithm had connected him to Farage.

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One of RT’s many uploads of Farage speeches in the European parliament.

I watch the speeches. They have titles like “Who the Hell [sic] You Think You Are? Nigel Farage throws egg in Eurocrat faces.” And “Can’t Barrage the Farrage [sic].” They’ve been viewed millions upon millions of times.

Richard Corbett, the leader of the Labour party in the European parliament, explains how it works. “Farage turns up once a month and often what he talks about has absolutely nothing to do with what’s being discussed. You think, what’s going on? And then you realise it’s got nothing to do with the parliament. It’s just for his social media output. Sometimes he doesn’t even hang around for the answers. Two minutes later, he’s back on the Eurostar and gone.” (Statistics for voting and attendances show Farage is ranked 738th out of 751 MEPs for productivity.)

It’s these YouTube set-piece speeches, pumped via the site’s algorithm to the phones and laptops of an entirely new generation, that are Farage’s power base now. And, at the centre of this, is RT (formerly Russia Today), the Kremlin-controlled English-language broadcaster. RT made Farage a YouTube star.

Much of this story, like Arron Banks’s relationship with the Russian ambassador, is hidden and covert. But there’s also much that is out in the open, like Farage’s support of pro-Russian parties in the European parliament, and his association with RT.

Guillaume Chaslot, an ex-YouTuber who’s now an adviser for the Center for Humane Technology, explains RT’s all-conquering role in the YouTube ecosystem. “They’re the biggest information network on YouTube. They’ve 22 channels and they have an absolute masterful understanding of how the algorithm works. They make this incredibly effective clickbait content – disaster videos of the tsunami and so on, and they use it to suck in traffic. And when they have the eyeballs, they use their understanding of the algorithm to send people to political content that supports their foreign policy aims.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

RT recognised Farage’s value way back in 2011. An ex-Ukip insider tells me how RT’s London correspondent “practically lived inside Ukip’s offices. They targeted Gerard Batten first [the current leader of Ukip] and then Farage. They loved it. RT would ask them on every week. They’d talk about anything.” Batten did not respond to the Observer’s questions about his relationship with RT.

Farage is “phenomenally useful for the Russian government,” Ben Nimmo, a leading researcher into Russian online propaganda, tells me. “The thing about RT is that they are completely open about what it is. The editor-in-chief has described it as ‘information warfare’. She has said it’s as much a part of Russia’s arsenal as its ministry of defence.”

All this is out in the open, but the Observer has been shown emails that reveal something new. The person who used to upload Farage’s videos to YouTube was an EU parliament staffer called Kevin Ellul Bonici. According to a Guardian report last year, sources inside the European parliament said Ellul Bonici – who did not respond to the allegations – was “a frequent visitor to the Russian embassy”, after which he would return with “a bootload of propaganda”, and was subject to an internal investigation. The new emails seen by the Observer show that Bonici was uploading content not just to the official Ukip channel but also uploading it “on a private channel” for “the many fringe websites”.

There is no evidence that Farage knew about Ellul Bonici’s alleged relationship with the Russian embassy. When asked about all of the issues in this article, a spokesman for Farage said: “Mr Farage has no desire to speak to you under any circumstances.” The Observer could not reach Ellul Bonici for comment.

The Observer has also learned new details about a meeting between Nigel Farage and Roger Stone. Stone is the extraordinary peroxide-blond 66-year-old dandy, a self-styled “dirty trickster” who’s played a key role in many political scandals since Watergate, and who is central to Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. On 8 August 2016, Stone told a small crowd that he’d been in touch with Assange. There would be a WikiLeaks “October surprise”, he suggested, about “the Clinton foundation”. In later comments he correctly forecast both the source of the leak and the timing of it. It is this claim to have knowledge of WikiLeaks’ material – before WikiLeaks released it – that is believed to have piqued Mueller’s intense interest.

Mueller is looking at timings of all this. The timeline of who knew about WikiLeaks’ stash of emails from Democrat accounts, and when. Emails that we now know were hacked by the Russian government and that threw the presidential race into chaos just days before the US presidential election.

Stone and his associates have been questioned by Mueller many times. Some of those associates of Stone are Farage’s associates too: InfoWars journalist Jerome Corsi, Steve Bannon and the controversial academic Ted Malloch, once tipped by Farage to be Trump’s ambassador to the EU.

US political strategist and former Trump adviser Roger Stone, who had dinner with Farage in July 2016 at the Republican National Convention.
US political strategist and former Trump adviser Roger Stone, who had dinner with Farage in July 2016 at the Republican National Convention. Photograph: John Sciulli/Getty Images

Stone makes his own appearance in the timeline. One of the film-makers behind the brilliant 2017 documentary Get Me Roger Stone, Daniel DiMauro, spoke to me about a meeting that he witnessed between Stone, Alex Jones and Farage during the Republican National Convention, 18-21 July 2016.

“Stone had arranged to have dinner with Alex Jones and Nigel Farage,” he tells me. And they followed him with the camera crew. “But we got to the restaurant and Farage’s people were: ‘No, no, no! You can’t film. You can’t film.’ It was weird. Jones and Stone were totally open to it. But Farage was ‘No way’. He didn’t want any record of it. We didn’t know what to make of it.

Another member of the crew told me: “It was the first time that Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Nigel Farage met face to face. We’d had a wire on Roger everywhere we went but when we turned up to meet Farage and his guy, he [Farage’s aide] was absolutely adamant.

“What was so noticeable was how Alex Jones was so pumped up afterwards about the leaks that were coming. He was saying it openly on his show. And then days later, the DNC leaks dropped [on July 22] and blew apart the Democratic National Convention.”

Less than two weeks later, on August 4, 2016, Roger Stone would also go on Alex Jones’s radio show and trail a new release. There would be “proof” of a scandal involving “Clinton Foundation”, a new “devastating” leak. “I think Julian Assange has that proof,” he said.

In 2017, a spokesman for Farage told the American magazine Mother Jones: “Nigel met Roger Stone in a restaurant in Cleveland during the RNC purely by chance. They subsequently met each other in a hotel in Washington during Trump’s inauguration, again without planning and by chance.”

If you had to pick another extraordinary story about Nigel Farage’s associates, George Cottrell would have to feature. Aged just 22, he was appointed Farage’s aide and Ukip’s chief fundraiser during the Brexit campaign. The two were at Chicago’s O’Hare airport on 22 July, 2016 – the day after the Republican convention in Cleveland at which Farage met Jones and Stone.

Arron Banks – who was also there – describes what happened in his memoir, the Bad Boys of Brexit: “As they were alighting from the domestic flight, five FBI officers cuffed him [Cottrell]. They swooped the minute he set foot on the gangway and if Wiggy [Andy Wigmore] hadn’t been standing right behind him, nobody would have known what had happened. All the other passengers were held back. It was swift and discreet, and he was hauled off without explanation.”

Cottrell was subsequently charged with 21 offences, including money laundering, fraud, blackmail and extortion. He pleaded guilty to one of them and was released after eight months in jail. In an interview with the Telegraph, he explained how he’d learned about “the murky and complicated world of ‘shadow banking’” and had worked for “an offshore private bank” that was “under investigation by the US authorities as a foreign financial institution of primary money-laundering concern”. There is no suggestion in the charges that this was linked to Ukip. Cottrell did not respond to the Observer’s attempts to reach him.

Arron Banks with George Cottrell, the Farage aide arrested and jailed in the US.
Arron Banks with George Cottrell, the Farage aide arrested and jailed in the US. Photograph: Elliott Franks/i-Images

But the biggest questions are about why Farage’s team sent confidential legal documents about Cottrell’s arrest to the Russian embassy in London. In June, the Observer was shown confidential emails that revealed that Andy Wigmore emailed Cottrell’s legal documents including his federal indictment to his main contact at the embassy, the political secretary, Alexander Udod. (Udod was expelled from Britain in March this year after Sergei Skirpal’s poisoning.)

According to Banks’s emails, on 17 August 2016, Banks and Wigmore were inside the Russian embassy, visiting the ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. This was also the day that Bannon took over as Trump’s campaign manager. On 25 August, Farage, Banks and Wigmore travelled to a Trump rally in Mississippi where Farage joined Trump on stage. The crowd roared. Here was “Mr Brexit,” said Trump. The election, he said, would be “Brexit plus, plus, plus.”

The fourth time I call Nigel Farage’s LBC show is just a week ago. Late on Saturday night, the Observer published its latest revelations about Arron Banks and the Leave.EU campaign. An academic from Essex University, Emma Briant, had obtained emails from a Cambridge Analytica employee which revealed that Banks had sought Steve Bannon’s help in soliciting campaign donations from US funders. We have no idea if Banks went ahead and attempted to fundraise in the US. We know only that it would have been illegal for him if he had. Using foreign money in a British election campaign is against the law.

But we do know the US “alt-right” played a role. On the day that Theresa May triggered article 50, 29 March 2017, a journalist from Breitbart, the rightwing news website cofounded by Steve Bannon, caught Farage with a pint of beer, outside a pub, beaming. He lifts his glass to the camera. “Well done, Bannon. Well done, Breitbart. You helped with this hugely.”

In Britain, Farage is still the man with the pint. The Good Bloke. The kind of man you wouldn’t mind having a drink with. The plucky survivor of both testicular cancer and, on the day of the 2010 general election, a spectacular plane crash. And the press coverage of him – such as an interview with him in last week’s Sunday Times – still trades in Farage cliches. Partly because, as his former colleague Lance-Watkins tells me: “He is that man. He’s hail-fellow-well-met. He likes people and he has that natural bonhomie. He did so well on Question Time because it was a form that was perfectly made for him. But that’s just what’s going on, on the surface. It masks a profound insincerity.”

Farage meeting Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador, in 2013.
Farage meeting Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador, in 2013. Photograph: Russian Embassy

Farage sits at the intersection of the key forces in a new world order. An order that the old formats can’t cope with. What we need to ask is whether a man closely allied to people like Bannon and supportive of Viktor Orbán should be allowed to amplify his propaganda unchallenged on our broadcast media.

It’s the people who have studied the campaign most closely who are asking the most questions. Damian Collins, the Conservative MP leading parliament’s fake news and disinformation inquiry, has said that “the direct links between the political movements behind Brexit and Trump” urgently need investigating.

“We’ve got to recognise the bigger picture here,” he said recently. “This is being coordinated across national borders by very wealthy people in a way we haven’t really seen before.”

The committee has called repeatedly for a Mueller-style inquiry. The government continues to ignore it.

‘What’s your question for Nigel?” the LBC producer asks me when, last Sunday morning, I call in. This time I’m “Sarah from Weybridge”, a true-blue voter disgusted with Theresa May’s Brexit betrayal. “I’ll get you straight on,” says the producer. And he does.

Actually, I tell Farage, it’s Carole Cadwalladr from the Observer. “Oh go away,” he says. “Honestly, you are a ranting lunatic.”

It’s only later that I notice the date: 18 November. Exactly three years from when Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore launched Leave.EU’s campaign. From when they walked in the door of the Russian embassy and discussed gold and diamond deals. I’m not a ranting lunatic. I’m a journalist. Who’s been trying to ask questions for nearly two years.

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Mueller Probe Is Now Eyeing Pro-Brexit UKIP Member Nigel Farage

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team are investigating a pro-Brexit businessman and his associate who have ties to Russian diplomats and Trump campaign operatives.

The Washington Post is reporting that Nigel Farage, a leader of the UK Independence Party and a prominent figure in the Brexit debate, is being investigated for his ties to Trump associates and Russian colluders.

Farage’s associate, Arron Banks, donated millions of dollars to a campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

 

Banks has since provided dozens of emails and text messages from 2016 showing a connection between Farage and Russian ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko.

The Post reveals that Banks, Farage, and a handful of other Brexiteers have been attempting to work more closely with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

If Mueller and his team expose Farage, Banks, and others involved in Brexit, it could shine further light on the global implications of Russia meddling in elections and important social issues around the world.

There is already mounting evidence that Banks and his associates have worked to infiltrate American politics. Following the Brexit vote, Banks met with Yakovenko before heading to a fundraiser in Mississippi, an event he was invited to by former Trump Campaign Executive Steve Bannon.

The Independent reports that during the Mississippi fundraiser, both Farage and Banks had the opportunity to “huddle privately” with Republican nominee Trump.

“As both relationships [Trump and Yevenko] deepened, Mr. Banks and his associates discussed Mr. Trump’s bid and the US presidential campaign with Mr. Yakovenko. At least two of the meetings between Mr. Banks and the ambassador came shortly before or after meetings with Mr. Trump,” the Independent adds.

So far, Banks and Farage claim Robert Mueller’s team have not reached out. Trump lawyer, Rudy Giuliani also says he has also not been notified of any involvement from Yakovenko.

NBC News reports that investigators in the UK are now starting to show an interest between Brexit campaigners and the Trump campaign.

In the meantime, Banks has adopted Donald Trump’s “witch hunt” mantra, claiming that he wasn’t a back-channel infiltrator between the United States and Russia. Instead, Banks says he was only engaged in “routine business and diplomatic exchanges.”

Former Trump communications official Michael Caputo has admitted to being asked about Farage during an interview with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel in early 2018.

In the meantime, Nigel Farage continues to huddle closely with Donald Trump. The photo shared at the top of this story was taken as Farage spoke at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

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