While some pundits are criticising aspects of the Government response to the Coronavirus pandemic, one of those who cannot even qualify as a has-been, because he never was, has been shooting off his North And South demanding that his view should prevail. And to no surprise at all, that individual is Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, still Oberscheissenführer of the not-really-a-party-at-all Brexit Party, now with no MEPs at all.
Ah well. That, invariably, involves More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now, which means he has written a monumentally tedious op-ed for the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, a paper that is rapidly positioning itself as a beacon of total irrelevance, pumping out article after article telling readers how the lockdown is rubbish, and the Government’s measures are worse than the virus.
The answer is that, invariably, it would be the latter, and most likely the decision as to who took that action would have been down to Clement Attlee, the Labour leader who was Churchill’s de facto deputy from 1940, a position formalised in 1942. And it seems that Farage is, perhaps accidentally, suggesting a very similar arrangement today.
So, with voting in Labour’s leadership election having concluded, and a result imminent, what Farage appears to be saying is that whoever wins the leader and deputy leader contests should be invited to join a coalition Government. After all, the only “no-nonsense outsider” who served in Churchill’s war cabinet was Max Beaverbrook, and he had significant previous political experience. No-one else fits Farage’s template.
But good of him to recommend the new Labour leader and deputy leader as part of a coalition Government to save the country from Tory ineptitude. What a trouper.
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