Former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage is back on the front pages today, and for all the wrong reasons. The Mail On Sunday, showing that Geordie Greig is more than happy to run stories that might prove inconvenient to the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, has splashed with “FARAGE’S LIVE-IN LADY AND THE £400K UKIP BUNG … He shares secret £4m bachelor pad with glamorous French politician … who’s at centre of dodgy donation row”. Plenty of nudges and winks to be going on with there.
So who is the “Live-In Lady”? “Laure Ferrari, who is 15 years younger than the married Brexit campaigner, moved in with Mr Farage in a grand Georgian house in an upmarket area of West London last week”. Sort of a French variant on Private Eye’s archetypal fast woman Miss Rita Chevrolet, then. And there is more.
“Mr Farage last night confirmed that Miss Ferrari had been living at his Chelsea house but said it was 'crackers' to suggest they were having an affair. He told The Mail on Sunday he 'knew her well' but was just helping her out with somewhere to stay … Miss Ferrari and Mr Farage first met a decade ago when she was a waitress and he got her a job in the European Parliament”. So what does Mr Thirsty say about all this?
“Asked if he had slept with her, he said: 'I'm not answering ludicrous questions, like have you ever held her hand, ever had dinner with her … She is someone I have worked with and known well for a long time who wanted somewhere to stay for a week that wouldn't cost her any money. It's a working relationship. You can inflate it however you want to’”. Nige doesn’t help his cause any - he could just have said “No”.
Squeaky tabloid exposure finger up the bum time
It gets worse: “Last month Miss Ferrari was also by Mr Farage's side at a glitzy Washington DC party to celebrate the election of his new friend, US President Donald Trump”. And there is the first question the MoS has not asked - there is a question over EU funds that went to the think tank with which she was involved, but there is also the Stateside connection. What money is coming into UKIP from the US?
Zelo Street has recently been told by two independent sources that Farage backing Trump is not a coincidence: UKIP is in a financially shaky state, and if contacts in the USA are prepared to bung Nige a few hundred Bags Of Sand, well, every little helps. Also what the MoS is not asking is who is paying for that house rental in Chelsea. After all, it’s hardly convenient for the European Parliament. It will cost thousands each month. Where’s the money coming from?
On top of that, Ms Ferrari’s politics might raise eyebrows even within the ranks of diehard Kippers, but the MoS isn’t asking about that, either. As can be seen from the screen shot, her chosen specialist subjects include “Reaffirming the Concept of Country and Connecting with Hope”, which sounds mundane until we later see “Finding the Fatherland, Returning to Hope”, and more interesting subjects such as “Is politically correct the enemy of woman?” Well, it doesn’t seem to be getting in her way right now.
Nigel Farage might think he’s in a sticky spot right now. But if the press starts to ask a few more questions, it could get a whole lot stickier, and very quickly. More on this later.