Nigel Farage is the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, also known as UKIP. UKIP has stormed onto the political scene over the last few years. In March, UKIP received more votes than any other party in elections for the European Parliament. The party stands for keeping the British pound and enhancing British sovereignty, usually at the expense of the European Union. The parallels to the Tea Party in the United States are obvious, and so are many of the same political fault lines.
I had the chance to sit down with Nigel Farage today in Washington, D.C., to interview him for PJ Media. My impression was that Farage, unlike so many pre-programed, scripted and cautious politicians, was deeply sincere about what he said. He spoke with a gleam in his eye, and a passion for what he was saying. It was the sort of refreshing breeze sorely lacking sometimes on both sides of the Atlantic. My interview with Nigel Farage:
Adams: What are you doing here in the United States?
Farage: Firstly, just to reacquaint and broaden my connections with the Republican movement, because there were no Democrats worth seeing unfortunately. Then, your State Department has got this EU project wrong; if we ever get more immersed into Europe, you’ve lost your best ally. So there is a political purpose for me being here, to keep that pressure moving. Of course you aren’t getting it from the Conservative Party. You have wave after wave of Conservatives coming over here, but they support the bloody EU project, and I don’t.
The second reason for coming here is I’m meeting with some business people, some of whom have subsidiaries in London as well.
Adams: You’ve seen the comments by the government that they were going to withdraw the passports of folks in ISIS who are Brits . . .
Farage: . . . That’s not what they said at all. They said they’d like to do something. I said two weeks ago, we don’t want these guys back in Britain. Once again, Cameron just mirrors everything I say because he realizes the public agree with me. He worded it beautifully, he’s brilliant. He said he would like to take away their passports, knowing full well that the European Court of Human Rights won’t let us do it.