He and his pals had devoted their political careers to getting the UK out of the EU. He had told anyone who would listen, and many who would rather not have done, that as an MEP he was campaigning to put himself out of a job. But when the deal arrived, and Brexit day looked more and more likely, Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage showed what he was really made of. He turned tail and ran away.
Squeaky you're chicken finger up the bum time
Alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson had done a deal with the EU. It may have been a lousy deal, and especially for Northern Ireland’s Unionists, as well as millions of workers who stand to lose rights, workplace safeguards, and rather a lot of money, along with towns and cities that will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, but it is a deal, and it would see Britain out of the EU. What was not for Nige to like?
But that was to misunderstand the Farage Falange Fringe. The UK has to be in the EU, or they have nothing to moan about. And when the UK leaves, and things get much worse, the prospect of those they conned realising they’ve been had and turning on the conmen is not something Nige wants to contemplate. So no surprise when Nick Eardley of the BBC announced “Nigel Farage backs extension and a general election over PM’s deal”.
Farage has chickened out. Moreover, he did it clumsily and ignorantly. After Jean-Claude Juncker suggested there should not be any further delay, he blustered “So an unelected, retiring bureaucrat says: No extension, take this new treaty or just leave. He is overriding the Benn Act. The EU shows itself to be a thuggocracy - power without accountability. Appalling people”. But Juncker doesn’t have the power to make that decision.
Nige has been an MEP for over 20 years, and he doesn’t know how the EU works. That’s not his purpose - he’s just there to whine about it. James O’Brien mused “On the one hand, this is hilarious. On the other, it’s surely impossible to have spent so long as an MEP without understanding what powers the EU Commission President does & does not have. So, as ever with Farage, it’s either epic dishonesty or epic ignorance on display here”.
Le vrai Brexit, c'est Moi!
But he did know why he didn’t like Bozo’s deal. “The commitment to regulatory alignment in this agreement means that the ‘new deal’ is not Brexit, despite improvements on the customs union”. His party chairman Richard Tice was also urging delay.
As Sam Coates of Sky News told, “Brexit party [chair] Richard Tice has told [Kay Burley] … there [should] now be ‘technical’ extension for an election where he predicts there will be a big Brexit Party majority and they [would] do a ‘clean break’ (no deal) Brexit”.
Tice rushed to clarify his volte face. “CORRECTION SAM: I said our preference is to leave on 31 Oct with clean break but if not, there should be extension for election, which would deliver a big Leave Alliance majority”. But this is just academic.
Alfresco line-up of Brexit Party MEPs
There is no such thing as a “clean break Brexit”. Farage and Tice have let the cat out of the bag: they want to keep on pissing into the tent, selling the gullible a vision of a Brexit that cannot, and never will, be delivered. Meanwhile, they stay on the gravy train.
The Brexit Party, like UKIP before it, is a con artists’ sham. But you knew that anyway.
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