Reverting to type at the weekend, broadcasters have found themselves once again unable to resist the temptation to give airtime to Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, who, along with his motley band of undeserving chancers, has-beens, and other sundry freeloaders, is trying to get back aboard the gravy train at the upcoming European Parliament elections.
Squeaky moment of reality finger up the bum time?
It’s a gravy train for Nige and his pals because, unlike those representing real political parties, there is no intention of any of those elected under the banner of the Brexit Party actually taking part in proceedings, except for the purposes of generating More And Bigger Paycheques For The Benefit Of Themselves Personally Now.
This time, the dubious honour of lightly grilling The Great Man fell to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, but the result was as before: Mr Thirsty was not seriously challenged on his expenses cheating, the dodgy candidates his party is fielding, his lack of application during the past 20 years he has been an MEP, who is paying the bills, his involvement with the Trump gang and Wikileaks, and why his party is a one-man dictatorship (for starters).
What is Farage’s plan for Brexit? We don’t get to find that out - because he doesn’t have one. He couldn’t plan an act of alcoholic derangement in an EU wine lake. Interviewers should be hammering him on this. If he wants to get the UK into the mess, he has to be able to show the world he has figured a way out of it.
Who is the mystery £100,000 donor? Farage wouldn’t tell Ms Ridge. He’ll let us know after the event. That’s not good enough. Why does he claim the exposing of Claire Fox’s terrorist sympathies is a “smear”? It’s no more than old-fashioned investigative journalism. Is he going to phone Colin Parry and tell him it’s a “smear”? No. So why is he allowed to get away with lying his way out of the corner? He has to be pinned down on the issue.
What about his links to the Trump gang, and also those meetings with representatives of the Russian Government? The ones that caused Farage such discomfort when that German newspaper interviewed him? Why is it that the only time he is made to feel uncomfortable is when someone from outside the UK interviews him?
When will an interviewer pin Farage down on the stream of flat-out lies he peddles? When Labour MEP Seb Dance held up a piece of paper on which he had written “HE’S LYING TO YOU”, he was stating a fact. When will an interviewer put questions to The Great Man submitted in advance by the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr?
Why are those Brexit Party directors who “resigned” after being caught peddling bigotry still there as directors? Why all those candidates from the Revolutionary Communist Party and its successors? Do they still believe in genocide denial? There are so many areas where Farage could, and should, be challenged. But no-one does.
As James O’Brien put it, “The failure by prominent journalists to hold Farage's feet anywhere near the fire is baffling. Everything you need to unmask him is in plain sight. His fans might not care - but we should”. Come on, broadcasters. This isn’t good enough.
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