Self-styled ‘man of the people’ Nigel Farage was confronted by some genuine challenge this week – by Scotland. Fromage took his Flight of Ignorance and Intolerance Tour across the Northern border, only to find the Scots unwilling to roll out the red carpet he received in the Home Counties of England. Today, we look at the week Fromage melted.
Fromage’s Impromptu Lock In
Earlier this week, Fromage was holding a press conference in the Canons Gait pub in Edinburgh in a bid to launch UKIP in Scotland. A group of around fifty protesters assembled outside and let rip with vigorous chants as he tried to leave for his next engagement. Calls included ‘immigrants are welcome here! You are not, Mr Farage!’, and ‘Racist, Nazi, scum!”
The police chose to return Fromage to the pub for his own safety and ‘barricaded him inside for his own safety’.
Fromage has since reclassified this group of angry protesters as ‘fascist scum’ and fellow U-kippers have taken to the airwaves to call the protesters ‘anti-democratic’.
Clearly UKIP don’t quite grasp the notion of Democracy; it means that people get to have an opinion, and protest freely. No one attempted to shoot, lynch or otherwise physically harm Fromage – they just told him, loudly, what they thought of his party and his policies. If Fromage cannot tolerate a fifty person strong protest outside a pub, one shudders at how he might respond to a protest of thousands outside Downing Street. This man is not fit for office.
Fromage Not a Fan of Scrutiny
Following the Pub Snub debacle, Fromage sought comfort in the sweet solace of a BBC studio, where he can often rely on having his tummy tickled. But BBC Scotland had other plans for our swivel eyed loon.
Being interviewed by David Miller for Good Morning Scotland, was not to be the walk in the park that the BBC Six O’clock News has become.
The full transcript of the interview makes excellent reading, it certainly exposes how simple it is to break through the veneer of Farage with direct, fact based questions. He crumbled. Here are the final exchanges of the interview:
Miller: There’s a problem for you though, isn’t there, because the Scottish electorate clearly doesn’t see you as being part of the political debate in Scotland. In effect, what the overwhelming message from yesterday’s event in Edinburgh seemed to be was that your political philosophy is an alien political philosophy here in Scotland.
Farage: Well the fact that 50 yobbo, fascist scum turn up and aren’t prepared to listen to the debate I absolutely refuse to believe is representative of Scottish public opinion. It is not in any way at all.
Looking at the Times this morning, you’re quoted as saying, “turning up in Scotland, telling everyone how much you love Scotland and what a big part of your life it’s been…”
Rubbish! I never said that a single thing like that.
Well, let me just finish putting the quote to you. “…Telling everyone how much I love Scotland and what a big part of my life it’s been, how sincere I am, it would all have been a lot of rubbish wouldn’t it?” And isn’t that part of the problem – Ukip isn’t part of Scottish political debate in any meaningful way, and you know very little of Scotland or the politics of Scotland.
I’m sensing similar hatred from this line of questioning that I got on the streets yesterday in Edinburgh.
We are the only UK-wide political party, we have representation from Wales in the European Parliament, we clearly have become quite strong in England and we intend to start mounting serious campaigns in Scotland. No other party in UK politics even attempts to do all of those things.
And remind me how many elected representatives you have in Scotland?
Absolutely none. But rather more than the BBC do, erm, and you know we could have had this in England a couple of years ago … but I wouldn’t have met with such hatred as I’m getting from your questions and frankly, I’ve had enough of this interview. Goodbye.
This perfectly reasonable line of questioning completely flummoxed Fromage, who was unable to respond in any other way than hang up.
ST-UKIP say ‘No Pants for the Girls’
As if Nigel’s week wasn’t bad enough, one of the party’s donors was revealed to have rather interesting views on women’s fashion. Demetri Marchessini, who gave UKIP £10,000 branded women ‘hostile’ for wearing trousers.
Marchessini wrote in Women in Trousers: A Rear View: “I adore women and want to see them looking beautiful. Everyone has the obligation to look as attractive as possible. It pains me to see women looking terrible.
“Walk along any street and you see women using trousers like a uniform every single day. This is hostile behaviour. They are deliberately dressing in a way that is opposite to what men would like. It is behaviour that flies against common sense, and also flies against the normal human desire to please.”
Marchessini warned that women are undermining their chances of finding a partner by wearing trousers. “The more women dress like men, the less they are attractive to men. If a man finds a woman attractive, he will find her legs sexy even if they are not perfect, simply because they are her legs. Women know that men don’t like trousers, yet they deliberately wear them.”
UKIP have attempted to distance themselves from Marchessini. Meanwhile, a wonderful campaign has been initiated by Nerve Magazine for women to send their trousers to UKIP.
This Man is not your Friend
Fromage styled himself as a man of the people, but the fact he drinks pints and smokes says little of the real man. His shambolic response to the first whiff of genuine criticism this week was the baffled reaction of a man born into wealth and power – how dare the little people challenge me?
Fromage is a millionaire banker, from millionaire banking lineage – his father Guy Oscar Justus Farage was a stockbroker.
Fromage didn’t work his way up from the bottom. He was educated at £10,000 a term private school Dulwich College. On leaving college he used daddy’s contacts to become a commodities trader in the City. He is one of those suited, champagne quaffing, morally bankrupt traders that helped bring our economy to its knees. A vote for UKIP, is a vote to install another wealthy heir into Number 10.
Fromage poses as the bloke next door, allowing wine soaked punters to cry on his shoulder about their concerns at the local pubs of the land. He then takes those concerns and uses them to pit the working classes against each other – the working poor against the non-working poor, the natives against the immigrants. Fromage takes legitimate rage about bogus austerity, indistinguishable politicians, and a disenchantment with a system which seems to offer little to the average Brit – and he points it away from the source of the problem.
Fromage is a con artist and a stooge and you’d have to be stupid, ignorant or truly desperate to waste your vote for him.
You can join the ‘Pants to UKIP’ campaign by sending a pair of your trousers FREEPOST (UKIP will have to pay the postage for it!) to:
UKIP FREEPOST RLSU-HZBG-UBBG, Lexdrum House, Heathfield, Devon, TQ12 6UT
Attach a note letting them know what you think of their policies, take a picture and you could feature in a future blog post.