A Picture Says a Thousand Words” – Nigel Farage’s Expression (Once Again) Says It All…

Theo commenced his commercial career working in the recruitment and human resources sector, based in the UK. Since, Theo has gone on to take-up the position of Business Development Manager for a multi-academies trust spread across London and Kent, UK. Presently, studying for a degree part-time, Theo is on-course to graduate from The Open University with an LLB (Law) in 2022. 
Theo currently serves in the British Army (Reserves), with a view to commissioning from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into his respective current regiment, the Royal Army Medical Corps. In May 2019, Theo stood as a district council candidate in Dover, Kent, UK.

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The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of which 28 European countries are members. It allows free trade and free movement of people, to live and work in whichever country they choose. The UK joined in 1973 the pre-existing EU organisation European Economic Community. When the United Kingdom (UK) leaves, it would be the first member state to withdraw from the EU. Our badly divided governments have been in crisis, unable to agree on an approach to the nation’s biggest peacetime decision in decades. The deadline to depart the Union, has been extended by the European Union, now falls on 31st January. This saga has already cost one Prime Minister, Theresa May, her job. Mrs May announced in late May 2019 that she would resign after failing to offer a plan that satisfied her party, her coalition partners and officials in Brussels. The task then fell to her successor, Boris Johnson. The Conservative Party membership vote for Mr Johnson, a brash proponent of withdrawal, to succeed Mrs. May and take control of the Brexit process.

In March 2016, I published an article analysing Nigel Farage’s[1] loss of the battleground constituency of South Thanet in Kent to Craig Mackinlay, during the 2015 General Election, for citizen journalism outlet StudentVoices.co.uk 

As part of the article, I discussed the modus operandi behind The UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) operation, and analysed their sheer desire to derive electoral victory in a constituency that brooded the ideal ‘leave’ campaign demographic, and would indeed go on back to leave the European Union by 63.8% during the June 2016 referendum. The UK Independence Party is a Eurosceptic, right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom.

The campaign in South Thanet was a critical one, and if Farage had been elected, a signal would have been reverberated around the United Kingdom that UKIP was not simply a one-issue party. In an interview I conducted with Craig Mackinlay in March 2016, he himself summed the campaign in South Thanet: “…it was a hard battle here, South Thanet was a national focus campaign – on the fight between the Conservatives and UKIP, and so all eyes were on this seat. This campaign wasn’t just nationalised, it was also internationalised… on a daily basis, for weeks, I had: Japanese television, Czech radio, Canadian television, Wall Street Journal, Le Figaro – it was a massive frontline campaign.”

However, the saga of fringe nationalistic British politics does not cease upon the victory of ‘leave’ and (by self-elected default) the ‘leave’ darling – Nigel Farage. Since 2015, Farage has resigned as the leader of UKIP on two occasions, and as of March 2019, has taken-up the leadership of the Brexit Party following the resignation of former leader, Catherine Blaiklock. 

Farage, akin to the vast majority of politicians, is a somewhat quirky individual, and lacking by far as an intellectual force. In short, Farage is a by-product of a tumultuous era in British-European relations, and has acted as the character by which the influential players within the ‘Leave’ circles required to translate their vision to the electorate. It is difficult to evidence this; however Farage’s distinct lack of performance during domestic elections acts as a barometer to upon which to judge his lack of success. In May 2014 Farage led UKIP to win the European Parliament election with 4,376,635 votes, which suggests the British voter would not trust Farage to run a domestic, yet has exiled him to the echo chamber of Brussels to continue a career of self-inflicted jeopardy and demise. In fact, as Farage has cited himself on many occasions, that his ongoing vocation to extricate the United Kingdom from the European Union, is jointly leading his role as a Member of European Parliament to become redundant, and therefore surplus to requirements upon our planned exit from the EU in January 2020. 

Today, with YouGov placing the leading party (The Conservative) short of a majority by five percent, the upcoming General Election is set to be an uncertain one. Furthermore, the fallout following the EU Referendum in June 2016 is far from over, in fact, the conclusion is yet to arrive and the fallout is yet to begin. However, there is one certainty amongst the chaos, as Mr Farage famously once stated,  “‘you ain’t seen nothing yet”.

Footnotes:

[1] Nigel Paul Farage is a British politician and broadcaster. He has been leader of the Brexit Party since 2019, and has served as Member of the European Parliament for South East England since 1999.

Sources:

http://www.studentvoices.co.uk/2016/03/a-picture-says-thousand-words-nigel.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/events/vote2014/eu-uk-results

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/general-election-poll-tracker-tory-lead-over-labour-party-grows-as-support-up-three-per-cent-a4288961.html

https://www.ft.com/content/d7e4e8e2-e4df-11e3-9b2b-00144feabdc0

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