Farage Knows How to Party
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has announced plans to reform his party after Brexit next year. You might it’s strange to improve the party you lead days before a national election, but Nigel is so confident of his loss that he’s already registered “the Reform Party” as the new name.
This turn around has been unprecedented, as Farage’s Brexit Party stormed to victory in the European elections earlier this year and was quickly labelled a serious new force in British politics. Several months later however, UKIP-lite has cleared the way for the Conservatives, lost candidates and already announced a successor party.
As a result, their support in the polls has sunk quicker than a pint of beer in their leader’s hand, with several polls indicating they will fail to win a single seat in Parliament at this week’s election.
To those who’ve been with Farage since the UKIP days, him setting up parties and failing to secure a seat in the House of Commons, is becoming a bit of a groundhog thing.
To avoid this, Farage has ruled out standing for election to Parliament again, which is probably for the best given that he’s lost his deposit eight times now. Farage’s initial promise to contest some 600 seats has even dwindled to just 283 marginals.
All of this means that in a span of 20 years as an elected member of a parliament he wants to abolish (the European Parliament), Farage will have led and set up three parties with the aim of replacing career politicians. Make of that what you will.
Meanwhile, it seems as though Farage has voluntarily taken the wheels of his own party and left it stranded by the road.
Last Thursday three Brexit Party MEPs quit, urging their supporters to vote Conservative in the upcoming election. Another, John Longworth MEP, was kicked out of the party for criticising official policy. A tall order, when you’re with a party with one official policy.
But, all of this ‘partying’ hasn’t come without criticism. Brexit Party candidate Annunziata Rees-Mogg, a fellow career politician the Brits wouldn’t vote for, criticised Farage for ‘taking up Conservative votes, providing us with a Remain coalition’. In other words, the ‘Brexit’ Party might just prevent Brexit from happening.