Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Of Knights and Men

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The Telegraph has a great story today on the ugly civil war which has broken out in Ukip after former party leader Nigel Farage complained that the lack of support from Ukip's only MP, Douglas Carswell, denied him the chance of a knighthood.

Farage of course likes to portray himself as an anti-establishment 'man of the people' yet here he is whining about receiving an honour from the Queen.

What a dick, but read the full article via the link below to The Telegraph - you won't get a better laugh all day.



Ukip in open civil war as Nigel Farage calls for Douglas Carswell to be thrown out after knighthood row

Douglas Carswell, left, is Ukip's only MP CREDIT: GARETH FULLER

By Christopher Hope - The Telegraph

Ukip was in a state of open civil war on Monday night after Nigel Farage publicly warned that the party will collapse unless its sole MP Douglas Carswell is thrown out.

Mr Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, said Mr Carswell had “sought to split and divide Ukip in every way imaginable” since defecting from the Conservatives to Ukip in 2014.

The two men have been at odds for years over the party's policies but their antipathy came to a head amid claims that Mr Carswell frustrated Mr Farage's chances of being awarded a knighthood.

Nigel Farage interviewed by Piers Morgan last week CREDIT: KIERON MCCARRON/ITV

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Farage said: “As a party, how can we let a man represent us in the House of Commons who actively and transparently seeks to damage us?

“I think there is little future for Ukip with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is now.”

Ukip is already facing a crisis after the party’s leader Paul Nuttall failed to win last week’s by election in Stoke-on-Trent, an area in which people voted heavily for Brexit at last year’s referendum.

I think there is little future for UKIP with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is now."

Bucket, Porridge, Farage (11/05/13)

Porage or Porridge Oats 
I really enjoyed Matthew Parris poking fun in The Times the other day - at the hugely pretentious behaviour of UKIP's 'Del Boy' leader, Nigel Farage.

I think Matthew Parris may just have stumbled upon Nigel's Achilles Heel - the use of humour to poke fun at people who behave in this ridiculously pompous way - instead of coming across all red faced, angry and po-faced. 

Come to think of it, the 'Farridge versus Faraage' debacle may help to explain why UKIP has failed to ignite in Scotland - since we Scots are so generally very disapproving of people with affected airs and graces.

And in support my theory, I just remembered that I was at college and university with a chap called Neil Farage - and Farridge is how he and we pronounced his name. I wonder where he is now?

So if UKIP's poll ratings begin to drop like a heavy stone - remember, you heard it here first.   

"Farage disparaged"

"A number of voices are this week calling the UKIP leader “Nigel Farridge”. This is to be encouraged. It is almost four years since, in this Diary column (September 10, 2009) I deplored Mr F’s poncified pronunciation of his own name, as in “massage” or “entourage” rather than the good old English forage, cribbage or cabbage. Like the way Hyacinth Bucket switched to Bouquet, and pretentious nitwits are now pronouncing “homage” as om-ahge.

And this from a professed Europhobe! Nigel Farage responded with good humour in our Letters column, confessing that his family name used to be pronounced and spelt “Farridge” — but that someone wrote “Farage” on a marriage certificate in 1890 and “Farage” it stayed. Mr F went on to accuse my ancestors of “Frenchifying” our own name, Parris, but this is the opposite of the truth: the double “r” distances us from Paris. Anyway, he concluded: “I suspect it is a little too late for rebranding.” Oh no it isn’t, Mr Farridge."