Taking On The Establishment

Long interview with Nigel Farage in Spiked!.  A few sample passages:

‘They’re not proper people.’

Pint in one hand, fag in the other, Nigel Farage is passing withering judgement on the political class. ‘They don’t pass the Farage Test’, he says of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband. The Farage Test? Warming to his theme, his voice rising an octave, he explains. ‘I judge everybody by two simple criteria. Number one: would I employ them? And number two: would I want to have a drink with them? To pass the Farage Test, you only have to pass one of those. There are lots of people I’ve employed over the years who I wouldn’t choose to have a drink with, and there are lots of people who are completely useless but rather nice to have a bit of a jolly with. But this mob don’t pass either.’ Then, after eviscerating Them, calling into question their employability and drinkability, wondering out loud if they’re even ‘proper people’, he lets out what I think we should call the Farage Laugh: a deep and hearty, nicotine-stained guffaw at the world: ‘HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.’


Farage is intrigued by the inability of the other party leaders to do what he does, to be normal, to engage the electorate in real, everyday language. Cameron has to boast about once having eaten a Cornish pasty in Leeds in a desperate bid to connect with the throng, while poor old Miliband can’t even eat a bacon sarnie without making a tit of himself and reportedly seeks expert advice on how to do that terrifying thing of Talking To People. Farage puts this colossal disconnect between the political class and the public down both to the political leaders’ seamless, knocks-free lives and also to the professionalisation of politics — the way politics has become the domain of an increasingly narrow, bubbled strata of society.

‘As the seven per cent that go to public schools dominate politics, the media, the arts, sport, every aspect of our life in this country, [we’ve] almost reached a situation where the only time these guys have met a working-class man or woman is if they are driving the car. And they can’t even be nice to them then’, he says.

He saves his most stinging class-based barbs for the Tories. ‘The Conservative Party is as upper class today as it has ever been. Over the past hundred years, the upper classes had more connection to their fellow man than they have today. And I’ll tell you why. Firstly, those that were from the landed classes may have been selfish financially, over the corn laws or whatever it was, but they ran their estates themselves. They actually knew the lads that cut the hay and looked after the horses. And then we had two world wars, which brought the whole class system together. Up until the late 1980s you had senior Tory politicians from posh backgrounds who could talk to the lads doing the scaffolding. They can’t do that now.’


Or take the nanny state, or the nudge industry, or the public-health lobby — whatever it’s being called these days. Here, too, Farage rips up a firmly established script. He says UKIP would allow pubs to choose to allow their patrons to smoke and would prevent minimum pricing on alcohol.

‘It’s the modern puritanism’, he says of the bossy new politics of lifestyle micromanagement. ‘It’s about controlling people. It is the same paternalistic agenda from the great and the good, who think they know better than ordinary folk what is good for them.’ He says he wants smoking restrictions and other booze-demonising policies kicked out of pubs for the simple reason that the freer a pub is, the better it is. ‘Every pub is a parliament’, he says. ‘It’s in pubs where you discuss who the England football manager should be, who you’re gonna vote for in the General Election, just how useless is your local councillor, what you think about the Archbishop of Canterbury. Pubs are essential parts of communities, essential places to meet and debate.’


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11 Responses to Taking On The Establishment

  1. Frank my Great Great Great uncle was JOHN BULL BRIGHT who got the Corn Laws repealed.

  2. Coffee houses and Pubs where you can meet up with your mates smoke and drink while discussing TREASON against the Nazis and vowing love of the Queen who isn’t a Nazi.

  3. jaxthefirst says:

    What a great article! As many of the commenters mentioned, it’s nice to see an unbiased article in which the writer doesn’t feel obliged to cast all the usual unfair insinuations as an aside after every sentence. Only spoiled (sadly) by O’Neill’s insistence on pointing out, right in the middle, Spiked’s official attitude towards immigration (very different from Farage’s). It was sort of out-of-place and pointless really, because the article was about Farage, not about Spiked! This little insertion, in parenthesis, was a bit saddening, because it indicated that, despite its fairness in this particular article, Spiked – for all its apparent edginess and sometimes offbeat articles – nevertheless feels under the same obligation as virtually all of the other MSM vehicles to show how “on-side” they are, even if their interviewee isn’t – rather like any journo writing about the downsides of the smoking ban today is obliged to preface their item with “Of course, everyone knows that smoking ….” or “Now, I dislike smoking as much as anyone, but …”

    But apart from that, it was a refreshing, uplifting read. I find myself wishing more and more than UKIP give the major parties the drubbing of their lives in the coming election. Not sure that it’ll happen, of course, but we can still dream ….

    • Farage bring s the whole problem to light and to the forefront,thats whats important to us and everyone who cares about freedom. I just heard the federal government was making 30% of its annual revenue from legal booze sales before prohibition. When the great depression began 1933 it was pretty apparent the government not only needed that 30% back it needed to quell the populace and cut out the billions wasted on enforcement costs.

      The one thing that should have been done away with was the FBI and the first federal gun regulations. They were unconstitutional to begin with unless you own the courts and the government like the progressives did at that time. Until they became a total political liability to the politicians and well it ended in total repeal and theres no reason to believe todays anti-smoking laws wont end the same way in total repeal and for the same reasons. Farage not only should harp on the nanny state but also crime,blackmakets,enforcements costs and especially lost revenues to the crown.

  4. Facebook ‘cigarette lighter’ ad banned for condoning smoking

    Advert for a mobile phone case with an inbuilt lighter is censured despite the social network insisting it did not breach its guidelines

    The advertising watchdog has banned an ad run on Facebook that showed a cigarette being lit, despite the social network insisting it did not breach its own guidelines.

    An ad from the company Lightercase, which sells mobile phone cases with inbuilt cigarette lighters, ran on Facebook featuring a close up image of a cigarette being lit.

    The ad, which was “liked” more than 25,000 times, attracted more than 32,000 comments and was shared more than 8,000 times, ran with the promotional strapline “Tag someone who can use this”.

    The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint that the ad was irresponsible because it made smoking look appealing.

    The Lightercase ad in full
    The Lightercase ad in full. Photograph: ASA

    Lightercase told the ASA that this was not the case, while Facebook said that the ad did not breach its own advertising guidelines for showing smoking products.

    Facebook does not allow ads that promote the sale or consumption of tobacco or some related products, such as e-cigarettes or pipes.

    However, the company does allow ads for lighters, and it does allow some images of cigarettes to be shown.

    Under UK advertising rules there are also no specific restrictions on the advertisement of cigarette lighters, but in this case the ASA decided that the Lightercase ad broke the rules relating to responsible advertising.

    “We considered that the combination of the image of the lit cigarette and the encouragement to ‘Tag someone who can use this’ presented smoking in a positive light,” said the ASA.

    “The overall impression of the ad was that it normalised and condoned smoking and presented it in an appealing manner. We concluded that the ad was therefore irresponsible.”



  5. nisakiman says:

    “We considered that the combination of the image of the lit cigarette and the encouragement to ‘Tag someone who can use this’ presented smoking in a positive light,” said the ASA.

    “The overall impression of the ad was that it normalised and condoned smoking and presented it in an appealing manner. We concluded that the ad was therefore irresponsible.”

    How fucking pathetic. What have we come to, that government agencies are trotting out puerile garbage like this? The word ‘patronising’ doesn’t even begin to describe it. Do they think we are all still in kindergarten? What a bunch of arrogant condescending bastards.

    God, I’m glad I’m out of it.

    • When payback time comes its gonna be hell…………

    • Bandit 1 says:

      Pathetic and sinister, in that it demonstrates how rapidly, and how stealthily, the front in the Antismoking War has shifted. Not ten years ago the c*nts were all about the actual physical act of smoking, as in screaming hysterically about it (on our dollar) in order to secure their precious indoor ban. Today, advertising a lighter is verboten because it “normalise[s] and condone[s] smoking”…

      So it’s not really about health, then. THANKS FOR THE NINE HUNDREDTH CONFIRMATION OF THAT FACT.

      So the 2006 Health Act can safely be repealed, then.

  6. When Our Army May be Cut to 50,000, The Smell of Treason is Becoming Offensive – Breitbart

    It beggars belief (or would do, if we were not so inured to our leaders’ betrayal of Britain) that a self-styled “Conservative”-led Government is planning to cut our…


  7. Smoking soars where packets are plain, says drug misuse expert

    Jeremy Watson

    Last updated at 12:01AM, March 9 2015

    MPs have been urged to delay plans to bring in plain packaging for cigarettes following evidence that there has been a “staggering” increase in the number of smokers in the only country that has so far introduced the measure.

    The UK parliament will vote this week on shops selling cigarettes only in plain packets next year to prevent children being enticed to start smoking by multi-million-pound branding. The Scottish government has said it will follow Westminster’s lead.


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