Farage in freedom | Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette
At 5ft 8in, Brexit architect Nigel Farage was shorter than I expected. We met in an upstairs room at the Brixham Conservative Club about 40 minutes before it hit the air with its âFarageâ show on the right-wing GB News channel to a live audience in the Margaret Room. Thatcher downstairs. That evening, in early November, we were joined by Totnes (and Brixham) MP Anthony Mangnall, a guest on the show.
Nigel was a Tory himself until he left the party to protest the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. With a government largely made up of Brexiteers in power, was it time to join him? : âI am a true conservative unlike the current conservative party, so I feel very comfortable. The people in power are careerists and in the end once we had a referendum they chose the Brexit side and I’m very happy Boris and Michael Gove did but they didn’t lift the little finger before, right? The Conservative Party has been around for about 200 years. It is one of the most successful political parties in the world because it knows how to adapt. He has one wing that has been the landed nobility looking after their own interests while the poor starve and the other wing like (Sir Robert) Peel with the Corn Laws and the Reform Act. Today, it is rather the big multinational companies, the big investment banks and the big politics. Every 20 or 30 years a radical appears in the sense of the 18th century. Thatcher was the last great radical. Since then, we have returned to a comfortable consensus. If the party reforms with things like getting rid of the House of Lords, gets hold of postal voting which in cities is horribly abused, if the party says the first past the post is somewhat out of date and had an element of proportionality. If the Conservative Party said to lift supply reform – in real English – to lift the burden of regulation … “” For the moment, I am not at all tempted to join them. âAny man who says never do anything is an idiot, but at the moment I feel with GB News and 3.3 million followers on social media, even though I’m no longer directly elected in politics, I like to think that i can still shape and influence the debate. “
Since we were in Brixham, I decided to switch to fishing. Did Brexit Work For Them? :
âIt’s a mix, there’s a slight increase in quotas, yes, for charter boats in Devon and Cornwall that are registered to fish bluefin tuna like I did last Saturday off Eddystone. There are benefits to come, but far from sufficient. Nigel often got angry with the Brussels bureaucracy, but I asked if the fishermen, over 90% of whom voted for permission, weren’t they drowning in bureaucracy? âI understand that there are merchants in Brixham who say it is difficult to bring scallops to market because the French are difficult. No fundamental change in life takes place without short-term disruption. “” The real problem is that you have 103 big French vessels fishing up to the six mile line. On top of that you have some super trawlers which are more of a problem towards the Isle of Wight. What we want is a sustainable fishing industry that crosses generations, provides us with what we want. “Northern Ireland and the fishery were the two parts of the Brexit deal that I criticized the most against.” You will find fishermen there who some will say is a little better and others will say that it is difficult to find fish in the market. I was in Brixham last year having breakfast with a group of fishermen at Rockfish and we weren’t drinking coffee! âLook, we haven’t negotiated much and as far as the fishery is concerned, it’s an unfinished business. “
âWe must reject the trade and cooperation agreement in the next few years. Yes the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) goes out for 200 miles and Norway and Iceland impose it very strictly but I think the key for us is the 12th, especially here in the South West. Less than a handful of British boats fish in the French 12-mile zone. I asked if Nigel felt guilty about the way Brexit had turned out for the fishermen: ‘I would like a better deal for them. I still think overall we’re better off than we were. I understand the problem with products in the French markets, but we are still better balanced than we were, but not as much as we should be.
Nigel’s big problem right now is the migrants crossing the Channel and landing on the beaches in his home county of Kent, so how would he approach the problem: âI started to go out to sea and filming this from March 2020. I could see it was going to explode into a huge problem. I think we are now at a point where the level of public anger is astonishing. I was in Sunderland last week and 17 more illegals were staying in the northeast than in the southeast. it’s interesting, isn’t it? Let’s put them all where the poor live. A third of the people who voted Brexit said they did it for one reason and one reason and that was borders, another third was purely sovereign, another third was a mix of all the different things but I have no doubt that we could not have won the referendum without the immigration issue. These are the non-voters who had not voted for thirty years but who voted and they feel very disappointed by that. I would do what Tony Abbot did in Australia if I was in charge, turn around and bring them back to France and if a few threatened to kill themselves and jump overboard well you know what, eventually you save more lives than you lose.
Then Nigel turned to the Conservative upgrade policy: âUpgrading was a concept that applied to the north, but Brixham needs to be improved and Brixham could be improved with a better fishing policy. than the one we currently have.
During Donald Trump’s presidency of the United States, it emerged that Nigel Farage was a friend and a supporter, but were they still in touch: family and he looks in good shape, he is fine. I am very in touch with his people. The Democrats are a complete disaster, Biden is not suited to his goal, Harris is the worst and most unpopular Vice President (Vice President) America has ever had in modern times, the withdrawal from the Afghanistan not only gave the country back to the Taliban but gave the Chinese the most amazing strategic advantages with lithium, copper and god knows what else America’s border crisis overshadows the problems we have in the Channel and there is no doubt about it, the mid-courses will be taken by storm.
I asked if he was planning a return? : “There are some very talented people like (Ron) DeSantis the governor of Florida who handled the lockdown very smart, there are some very smart people like Ted Cruz in the Republican Party, better than the Tories here, but I don’t see anyone who can reach the blue collar, those kind of Democratic-Republican swing voters, in a sense the Midwest is our red wall.
Finally, I wondered if Nigel had any ties to the west of the country: “Only that I had spent an inordinate amount of time in Devon and Cornwall because my great love is sea fishing, so I was here off Eddystone last week my great aunt was living in Axminster so we were visiting her when we were kids in the 70s and later my uncle and aunt moved back to Beer. My son was at the University of Exeter for four years, so I’m not doing badly, am I? “
I then chatted with Anthony Magnall before heading downstairs to join the audience for the hour-long âFarageâ show. The public had the choice between a pint of beer or wine served in plastic “Farage” brand glasses. The show started off with Nigel interviewing Anthony. It included a montage of vox-pop clips of people from Brixham who were very critical of Boris Johnson, Nigel spoke to a fishing couple, one of whom had joined him during the Battle of the Thames against Bob Geldof in the ‘The 2016 referendum is approaching. He also spoke to two local farmers who told him that the price of beef and lamb is increasing, but so are production costs. Barrage Farrage followed with questions from the audience and it all ended with an appearance by a singing group of sailors.
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