One has to wonder sometimes how many of those who voted in favour of Britain leaving the EU did so because of their devotion to Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, UKIP’s former Oberscheissenführer, who told anyone who would listen how he wanted to make the UK a properly sovereign nation once more, and how Brexit would help achieve this - as well as ensure our future prosperity. Except perhaps it won’t.
Squeaky sellout finger up the bum time
To see why Nige may have spoken with forked tongue, and prioritised the pursuit of More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now over giving a crap about all the mugs who thought he really meant all that patriotism and sincerity stuff, we need look no further than his new Bestest Friend, the Crybaby Combover Donald Trump, who has appointed as his commerce secretary designate one Wilbur Ross.
What Ross, and, it has to be inferred, the incoming Trump Presidency thinks about the UK’s future prosperity was signalled as early as yesterday by the Murdoch Times - yes, just to rub it in, another title from the same stable as the Trump-backing Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) - with the ominous headline “Use Brexit to steal UK trade, says Trump aide”. Farage’s pal’s pick says “let’s pick the UK carcass apart”.
The story has also been run by the Murdoch Sun, which has told readers “NOT-SO-SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP Donald Trump aide says Brexit is a ‘God-given’ opportunity to steal business from Britain … [Ross] said Britain is facing a ‘period of confusion’ following the referendum and that it is ‘inevitable’ there would be ‘relocations’”. These “relocations” might be to Dublin, Frankfurt … or, it now seems, the USA.
Over at the Mail, the Dacre doggies tell readers that “Mr Ross will be responsible for negotiating a free trade deal with the UK, with fears the US could seek to exploit Britain's seclusion following the vote to leave the EU … The billionaire businessman's comments … raises [sic] concerns over the so-called Special Relationship between the UK and the US”. The Mail campaigned relentlessly for a Leave Vote. Now they sound worried.
The Independent reminds its readers that Ross, who was giving his assessment to an audience of Cypriot financiers, positively urged them to go and pick at the carcass: “I recommend that Cyprus should adopt and immediately announce even more liberal financial service policies than it already has so that it can try to take advantage of the inevitable relocations that will occur during the period of confusion”.
Zelo Street has already detailed Farage’s uneasy relationship with the truth - Mr Thirsty has an ever-lengthening track record of needing a fire extinguisher for his burning trousers - and to the list of deceit we can now add his commitment to Britain’s future prosperity. Farage claims he is the only one who can be a bridge between the Westminster Government and Trump. But on Wilbur Ross’ outburst he has said nothing.
That’s because, Farage fans, he’s only doing it for Himself. You mugs don’t count. He’s conned you all. You’ve been had. You put your faith in this snake-oil salesman and ended up looking like so many jackasses. The only mystery is that anyone is surprised.
Nigel Farage is laughing all the way to the bar. After all, someone else is paying.