I heard Nigel Farage banging on about 'career politicians' on the BBC yesterday and thought I'd check on just how long the UKIP leader has been enjoying a handsome public salary and generous expenses as an MEP (Member of the European Parliament).
Turns out the answer is seventeen (17) years and counting, as Nigel was first elected to the EU Parliament and has been there ever since which is longer than I've ever spent in any one job.
Yet Nigel seems not to regard himself as a career politician, just as he doesn't regard himself as a member of the establishment despite attending a lavish reception at The Ritz to celebrate his contribution to Brexit - the event having been laid on by Aaron Banks, a UKIP supporting millionaire who bankrolled the Leave EU campaign.
Loathsome Creature (23/11/16)
One of the distinctive features of American politics, up until recently, is the respect shown towards the office of President of the United States (POTUS).
But that tradition has been abandoned during Barack Obama's two terms of office in which America's first black President has been attacked on an unprecedented and personal level by his political opponents.
Including political pygmies like Nigel Farage who had the cheek the other day to call President Obama a "creature" and a 'loathsome individual" who couldn't stand the UK according to the UKIP leader who has failed repeatedly to win a seat in the House of Commons.
Just the other day Donald Trump, America's new President-elect suggested that Nigel Farage might be a good choice as the UK's ambassador to the United States.
Now what this had to do with Donald Trump is a good question because Nigel Farage is to diplomacy what bulls are to China shops.
If you ask me Nigel cooked up this wizard wheeze during his 'Gissa job' visit to New York, which was a handy diversion from UKIP tearing itself apart and recent allegations that UKIP has misspent almost £500,000 of EU funding on its pro-Brexit campaign.