Nigel Farage: The Greatest British Politician Since Margaret Thatcher

Nigel Farage: The Greatest British Politician Since Margaret Thatcher, by James Delingpole.

Nigel Farage … is without question the most important, influential and courageous British politician since Margaret Thatcher.

And just like Margaret Thatcher his reward for this has been consistently to be reviled by the Wankerati as the most evil figure in European politics since probably the days of Adolf Hitler.

I call them the Wankerati because that is what they are: the smug, impeccably right-on, hive-minded cabal of left-leaning comedians, luvvies, columnists, greasy-pole-climbers and overpromoted elite grandees who claim to set the tone for politics in Britain. (And indeed across the world, for the UK Wankerati, of course, have very powerful associate branches from Hollywood to DC, from Sydney to Toronto, and beyond).

And don’t the Wankerati love to be seeing hating on Farage:

There are many, many politicians one could very easily name who have done far, far more harm to their country and its people than Nigel Farage. Tony Blair, for one. David Cameron for another. But none of them is ever spoken of in quite such aggressively dismissive, hate-ridden terms as Nigel Farage. …

That’s because, just like “Thatcher”, the very word “Farage” has entered our modern lexicon as the very examplar of unvarnished hatefulness. No need to explain yourself; no need to demonstrate your case. Simply utter the word “Farage” in a sneering tone and that’s it: not only have you won whatever argument you are trying to win but, even more importantly, you have shown the world you are on the side of the angels.

Nigel Farage is a virtue-signaller’s wet dream on steroids with icing and hundreds-and-thousands and cherries on top.

But James loves him:

Nigel Farage – whom I’m proud to call a friend – is a total bloody hero and deserves a statue in Parliament Square. He is living proof of Churchill’s dictum: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

In praise of Nigel Farage, by Rod Liddle.

Nigel Farage is the most important British politician of the last decade and the most successful. His resignation leaves a hole in our political system.

With enormous intelligence and chutzpah and a refreshingly unorthodox approach, he built Ukip up from nothing to become established as our third largest party and succeeded in his overriding ambition – to see the UK vote to leave the European Union.

He is also extremely good company and likeable…

Bye bye to the man who changed British politics, by Rachel Cunliffe.

Sebastian Payne of the FT made an interesting observation: Farage has tried – and failed – to become an MP seven times, “yet has managed to completely reshape British politics”. In terms of achieving his key objective, he is probably the most successful British politician of our era, and he has managed to do it without setting foot in the House of Commons. That is not a lesson Britain should forget.

hat-tip Matthew