Reluctant Hero Farage Puts Country and Brexit Before Ego and Party, by James Delingpole.
Rarely have I seen Nigel Farage look so drained, grey and subdued as he did when announcing today in Hartlepool that he was standing down a chunk of his army.
His Brexit Party will not be contesting any of the 317 seats the Conservatives won in the general election.
Yes, in strategic terms this informal Leave Alliance is probably for the best.
Having fought for Brexit for three decades, Farage understandably doesn’t want to blow it now by splitting the Leave vote and placing Britain’s future in the hands of an unholy alliance of greens, Marxists, dripping wet liberals and Remoaner hold outs.
At the same time, though, it’s undoubtedly a humiliating surrender of power and influence, cruelly imposed on him by a combination of electoral mathematics and the most tremendous and well-orchestrated pressure from the Conservative Establishment attack machine.
All those stories you’ve read in the mainstream media suggesting that the main threat to Brexit is now Nigel Farage’s ego: this is nervous editors and proprietors acting in lock-step with Conservative Central HQ’s dark arts department. …
Farage may possibly have leveraged what remained of his political capital into pushing Boris Johnson’s Conservatives into a more solid Brexit – “a super plus Canada deal” – than they might otherwise have negotiated.
A patriot rather than a power seeker.