As yesterday’s litany of humiliation for Theresa May and those still loyal to her was played out in the Commons, and then on the airwaves, one story almost got forgotten: former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage had quit the party. He made his announcement live on his LBC show, citing, as so many others, the willingness of party leader Adolf von Batten to cosy up to Stephen Yaxley Lennon and his pals.
Squeaky sealed indictment finger up the bum time
And although the derision then heaped on Farage was well merited - racist bigot resigns from party of racist bigotry no shock horror - he did have a point. Bringing Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, on board moves UKIP to a party of street protest, and many of the existing membership are not into that at all. But there was another reason for the Farage flounce, and that was what is happening right now over in the USA.
As Yahoo News has reported, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are ‘tying up loose ends’ in their investigation, providing the clearest clues yet that the long-running probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election may be coming to its climax, potentially in the next few weeks, according to multiple sources close to the matter”. And there was more.
“Mueller is believed to be focused on … former Trump adviser Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi - both of whom have been aggressively investigated to determine if they had advance communications with WikiLeaks or associates of the group about its plans for the release of stolen emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election”. That’s most interesting.
Sir, I respectfully have to inform you that you are hereby nicked
This from the Guardian, only last month: “Robert Mueller is seeking more information about Nigel Farage … Jerome Corsi … said prosecutors working for Mueller questioned him about Farage … two weeks ago in Washington”. Also, “Ted Malloch, a London-based American academic with ties to Farage … had been issued a subpoena and interrogated by the FBI at Boston’s Logan airport”. And what did the Feds want to talk about?
“He was questioned, he said, about his involvement in the Trump campaign and his relationship with the Republican strategist Roger Stone, and asked if he had ever visited Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks chief, at the Ecuadorian embassy in London”. Roger Stone. Jerome Corsi. And Julian Assange, whom Farage was visiting when he got caught out by an eagle-eyed passer-by who tipped the wink to BuzzFeed News.
Nigel Farage already had good cause to quit UKIP and adopt, shall we say, a rather lower public profile. We know he is a “person of interest” to the Mueller investigation, which is believed to be in the endgame stage where indictments will be made, along with arrests and charges. I’ve said previously that Nige was in line for at least a grilling, if not worse.
Paradoxically, the General Election result that denied Farage a seat in the Commons could be declared void after an expense probe, the inevitable result of Tory expense fiddling. But by that time, it might be too late for The Great Man to take advantage.
Because he could by then be otherwise engaged. In a secure location Stateside.
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