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HOW TO RESPOND: Nigel Farage challenges heckler, ‘Why don’t you listen and ask questions?’ “The heckler left the room after being confronted by Federalist Society members hosting the event.”

GOOD: Trump Will Attack ‘Rising Force of Socialism’ During His State of the Union Speech.

Related: Nigel Farage “confirms he’ll be at the State of the Union speech next week. ‘I’m a foreigner, but I’m very well known there,’ he explains.”

Heh, indeed.™



Exit quote from this LBC (“Leading Britain’s Conversation”) video: “Somehow in 20 years they haven’t corrupted me, but that’s because I lived a pretty louche lifestyle already.”

Related: Brexit news: Union Jack flag comes down as Britain’s time in EU comes to an end.


GOODBYE, FAREWELL, AND AMEN: Nigel Farage Bids Farewell to the EU.

Related: After Brexit. A US-Britain trade deal would be a boon for Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.


I HOPE THIS FORESHADOWS 2020 HERE: Boris and Tories on track for massive landslide victory.

UPDATE: A friend on Facebook comments: “When Boris took over as PM, there was a real danger that Farage and the Brexit Party would eat the Tories from below and replace them. Instead, the opposite has happened — the Brexit Party has become a mechanism for uncoupling traditional Labor voters and moving them to the Conservatives by stages.”

I guess leaving Labour and voting Tory at one fell swoop was too much of a trauma to long-cultivated self image. So do it in steps.

WELL, GOOD: Nigel Farage Won’t Fight Tories in Election Boost for Boris Johnson.

JOHN FUND: The Longer Elites Ignore Populist Outcries, the More They’ll Be Surprised.

During the discussions, it became clear that much of the conventional media wisdom about populism in Europe is out of date. British academic David Goodhart noted that populist parties are generally portrayed in the media “as little more than a refuge for bigots, Rust Belt rejects, victims of the Great Recession, and angry old white men.”

In reality, the vote for Brexit in Britain took place as unemployment was at its lowest rate since the 1970s. Goodhart noted that Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party draw the bulk of their support from a diverse alliance of skilled workers, middle-class Conservatives, affluent pensioners, and the self-employed. Switzerland’s People’s Party often places first in elections in a country with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.

Similarly, the hostility of populist movements toward immigration is misunderstood. While certainly racists who oppose immigration often cast their votes for populist parties, it would be foolish to ignore the many populist voters who believe that the EU has prevented their countries from undertaking legitimate steps to control the pace and scale of immigration. Dismissing these voters as yahoos or white supremacists doesn’t help anyone understand why people are angry at their leaders.

Much of that anger stems from the fact that an educated elite increasingly controls the political process in Europe.

I’d quibble with the premise that they’re being ignored. Far from it. The elites are using every means at their disposal to paint populists as hate-filled bitter clingers, whose wishes ought to be ignored.

It’s a powder keg situation, and the elites are playing with matches — which they’ve mistaken for fire extinguishers.

I’M ROOTING FOR HIM TOO: Why I’m Rooting For Boris Johnson.

I’m rooting for him, hard, as you should, too. And there’s reason to suspect that, this time, the man might be suited for the challenge and the hour.

I’m rooting for him, first, because the alternatives are much worse. Waiting to feast on the entrails of a failed Johnson premiership are, from the left, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn — a man who called for closing down NATO, eulogized Hugo Chávez, and kept company with Holocaust deniers — and, from the right, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage — a man who said he’d get rid of anti-discrimination employment laws because “there should be a presumption for British employers in favor of them employing British people as opposed to somebody from Poland.”

As between (a) an anti-Semitic bigot and (c) an anti-immigrant bigot, I’ll choose (b): Boris, who has even called for amnesty for some illegal immigrants.

I’m rooting for him, second, because Britain needs a successful Brexit, and he may be the only political figure in Britain who can do it.

I don’t think that Nigel Farage is an anti-immigrant bigot, except by today’s amazingly flexible standards, but if Johnson doesn’t succeed you’re as likely to get Farage next — or an actual anti-immigrant bigot, as you are Corbyn.


Throwing milkshakes at right-wing politicians is a tactic of British progressive activists that recently traveled to this side of the Atlantic. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.) was hit with one earlier in June. The tactic has its defenders in mainstream left-of-center media as well: Vox‘s Carlos Maza tweeted “milkshake them all” after a British activist hurled a milkshake at Nigel Farage.

Portland police have claimed that some of the milkshakes thrown by the antifa activists on Saturday contained quick-dry cement. That may or may not be true. What is true is that an antifa mob beat up a journalist—one who is harshly critical of them, to be sure, but who posed no physical threat to them and was only there to document their activities—on a public street. This is indefensible, and yet there are tons of progressive-leaning people currently defending it, or at the very least rationalizing and making light of it.

“One gets the impression that Antifa rules Portland with the same impunity that the Ku Klux Klan ruled Birmingham in the 1960s. Do they actually have police in Portland? Do they have functioning government there?”, Rod Dreher asks. As PJTV alum James Poulos tweets, from Portland City Hall’s perspective, it’s working perfectly:


According to Ngo, his attacker stole his camera equipment. But video footage recorded by another journalist, The Oregonian’s Jim Ryan, clearly shows an antifa activist punching Ngo in the face. Others throw milkshakes at him:

Throwing milkshakes at right-wing politicians is a tactic of British progressive activists that recently traveled to this side of the Atlantic. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.) was hit with one earlier in June. The tactic has its defenders in mainstream left-of-center media as well: Vox’s Carlos Maza tweeted “milkshake them all” after a British activist hurled a milkshake at Nigel Farage.

Portland police have claimed that some of the milkshakes thrown by the antifa activists on Saturday contained quick-dry cement. That may or may not be true. What is true is that an antifa mob beat up a journalist—one who is harshly critical of them, to be sure, but who posed no physical threat to them and was only there to document their activities—on a public street. This is indefensible, and yet there are tons of progressive-leaning people currently defending it, or at the very least rationalizing and making light of it.

These people are trash, and will come to regret the opening of this door.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has set up a fundraiser for Andy Ngo. I donated a hundred bucks.


Related: Andy Ngo Says Portland Police Did Nothing. Cause for invoking the Insurrection Act.

WHY IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUCH A CESSPIT OF VIOLENCE? Sore Loser: Rep. Gaetz’s (R-FL) Former Opponent ‘Milkshaked’ Him Following A Town Hall.

According to The Hill, 35-year-old Amanda Kondrat’yev was detained and no further incidents took place. It’s interesting to note that Kondrat’yev ran for Gaetz’s seat back in 2016.

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The event comes after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had a similar attack take place last week. “Milkshaking” is the new form of protest in Britain against “right wing” lawmakers. And it has apparently jumped the pond.

And it’s Media Matters approved: As a congressman is assaulted with a milkshake Media Matters applauds after complaining inciteful language is leading to violence.

Unlike those examples given of people saying things that Media Matters disagreed with, Amanda Kondrat’yev was arrested on the scene, and charged with aggravated assault. It will be left to those claiming this is not violence to explain how those charges apply when nothing objectionable took place.

It’s all fun and games at Media Matters until someone throws something at David Brock, or another lefty.

YES BUT NONE IS SO DEAF AS HE WHO WILL NOT HEAR: European Elections 2019: Nigel Farage ‘There’s massive message here.’

Related: Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad.


So naturally, it’s deja deep state all over again: EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation.


Related: The Brexit Party Poses an Existential Threat to the Tories.

Watching MPs acting out these calculations, including maneuvers by about 20 Tory ministers, some quite obscure, to offer themselves as the next prime minister, I’m reminded of the 1970s movie poster for Jaws 2 showing a pretty bikini-clad water-skier blithely cresting the waves as, unseen behind her, a huge shark is erupting from the water and about to swallow her up. The shark in question is wearing a pinstriped suit and its name is Nigel Farage. The pretty young thing represents the mainstream parties, especially Labour and the Tories.

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With only two days to go before the polls open, Farage was given three boosts that most politicians can only daydream about: a milkshake was poured over him by a bearded Leftie; the prime minister obligingly broke a major promise not to hold a second referendum on Brexit, as if to remind the voters why they were opposing her and supporting him; and an establishment quango, the Electoral Commission, having given the Brexit party a clean bill of health on its financing the week before, responded to an evidence-free demand from former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown that the party’s finances should be investigated for illegal contributions by returning to its offices two days before the election and going through its books again for several hours and finding nothing wrong — almost as if there were, you know, an establishment conspiracy against Farage, Brexit, and the party bearing its name. In fact, there’s almost a conspiracy of events to help them.

In America, veteran leftwing talk radio host Bill Press is the latest to endorse splattering your opponents with chemicals and liquids: Bill Press on ‘Milkshaking’ of Farage — ‘I Love That Idea’ and Hope it Comes to US.

Yeah, but one doubts that Press and Ogburn would find the practice nearly so amusing had the attorney general getting assaulted been Eric Holder. And just imagine the faux outrage they’d summon if the target was Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or “Occasional-Cortex,” as stated by the great Andrew Klavan at The Daily Wire), or one of those poor defenseless Democrats running for president.

If heaving a milkshake at a politician is fair game, how about coffee? Or paint, as long as it’s watercolors. Surely a pebble or two couldn’t do much harm, providing that the recipient removes his glasses in time. And is there really much difference between pebbles and slightly larger stones, as long as they’re thrown from a distance? After all, these are hated politicians we’re talking about and this is just another form of dissent, albeit assaultive. Right? Right …?

Or as Ace of Spades warns the media, “The rules you make for me, you also make for yourself.”

DENIAL IS IN NO.10 DOWNING STREET: The last poll from YouGov before the European elections tomorrow puts Theresa May’s Conservatives on just 7 percent support, compared to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at 37 percent.

Senior Ministers have asked to see the Prime Minister, which is normally a sign of impending defenestration. In response, Mrs. May shut the doors to her Downing Street bunker. Now Andrea Leadsom, probably the leading Leaver left in the Cabinet, has resigned.

Owing to the lack of free speech in the UK, political news reporting is banned over there tomorrow. It would be just like May to resign when a) it can’t be covered properly and b) it comes of no help to the party she’s supposed to be leading.


COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: British Beer Co. Advocates Hitting Conservatives Over The Head With Bricks.

Meanwhile, in the colonies, CBS on Throwing Milkshakes at ‘Right-Wing’: Sure It ‘Feels Great.’

I imagine if this tactic was ever adopted by the right, CBS’s newsreaders would rapidly change their mind. Or as Jim Treacher writes, “I sincerely hope that Tom Peck, Jonn Elledge, and everybody else who applauds this wave of ‘milkshaking’ can avoid having any frosty confections hurled at them as they walk down the street. Not only because it’s wrong, but because the cognitive dissonance, as they try to explain why such an act is no longer tolerable, might drive them crazy.*”

Earlier: Farage Fallout: Burger King UK Accused of Promoting Political Violence in Scotland With Tweets Promoting “Fun” Milkshakes.

WHY IS BURGER KING POLITICIZING THEIR BRAND? Farage Fallout: Burger King UK Accused of Promoting Political Violence in Scotland With Tweets Promoting “Fun” Milkshakes.

As a result of past incidents of this nature, authorities in Edinburgh asked a local McDonald’s not to sell milkshakes this past Friday ahead of a planned Farage event:

Police ordered a McDonald’s in Scotland to stop selling milkshakes over fears people would dunk them over Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, staff said, after a flurry of incidents have left prominent far-right activists doused in the creamy liquid.

Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party, was holding an event in Edinburgh on Friday ahead of next week’s European elections.
But police were concerned that protesters would buy milkshakes from a McDonald’s a few hundred meters away with the intention of pouring them on the hardline Brexiteer’s head.

In response, Burger King UK tweeted this out, prompting some to suggest they were encouraging the milkshakers:

They tried to walk this back in a subsequent tweet claiming, “We’d never endorse violence — or wasting our delicious milkshakes!” But they are encouraging violence. As Jim Treacher writes, “Lefties Sure Do Love Political Violence.”

CHANGE? Theresa May on track for the worst General Election result in Tory Party history – as Brexit Party is predicted to win more votes than Labour and Conservatives COMBINED in European elections, polls say.

In an Opinium poll in the Observer, focused on this month’s European elections, Nigel Farage’s new party is predicted to hoover up 34 per cent of the vote. The same poll gave Labour 21 per cent and put the Tories in a miserable fourth place with 11 per cent

But an even more extraordinary poll, commissioned by a Brexit Party donor and published in the Sunday Telegraph, said for the first time the Brexit Party would beat the Tories in a General Election.

The ComRes survey of voting intentions put Brexit on 21 per cent to the Conservatives’ 20, which would see Farage’s team win 49 seats, becoming the UK’s second biggest party after Labour, with 137.

Don’t get cocky, of course, and this election is only for the European Parliament, not the actual British Parliament. Even so, Tories ought to weight this advice heavily: “If the Conservative leadership contenders are not careful, there will be no party for them to lead.”

BREXIT UPDATE: British EU Parliament elections set to deliver a surprise.

You might assume that the backers of Remain would be ascendant, given what a hash the government has made of the process so far. And that would mean that the Labour Party and the Lib-Dems would be cleaning up. But the latest polling from the Isles tells a very different story. This was highlighted during a recent interview with former Prime Minister and Remain advocate Tony Blair.

Read the whole thing.

Related: Prime Minister Nigel Farage? “It would be unwise, we sense, to make too much of these polls. We all learned anything in 2016, it was that polls are fickle. A lot can happen in two weeks; the Brexit Party wasn’t even formally registered until February of this year. Yet it would also be unwise, we sense, to make too little of this. Come May, Britain’s biggest delegation in Strasbourg could be the party that doesn’t want to be there at all.”

BRUCE BAWER: A Trump of One’s Own. “The fact is that while the Western European political class and its allies love to sneer at Donald Trump, millions of ordinary citizens across the continent wish dearly that they had a Trump of their own. Only last week, for example, a caller to Nigel Farage’s radio show in Britain expressed the desire that Trump, and not Theresa May, had negotiated Britain’s exit deal with the EU. Farage shared her sentiments. Then there’s the up-and-coming Dutch political leader Lennard van Mil, known in his country as a ‘gayservative’ (short for ‘gay conservative’), who can be seen in many photographs online wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap.”

Read the whole thing.


In 1977, Johnny Lydon helped define British punk when he and his band released “God Save the Queen,” which rallied against her majesty’s “fascist regime.” Earlier this week, Lydon helped redefine British punk when he took the stage and let Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, know exactly what he thought of his anti-Jewish bigotry. YouTube has removed the original video of the performance, but thankfully the ever-vigilant Aussie Dave captured it and uploaded it to Facebook. Here it is, for your Wednesday morning enjoyment, culminating in Johnny “Rotten” shouting “I am Jew!”

Wow, actual rebellion against the establishment left by a rock star – he’ll never get into the Eagles or Bruce Springsteen’s band if he keeps that up.

FLASHBACK: British MEP Daniel Hannan Spent Nine Minutes Smacking Down CNN Journalist.

Watching the entire video, besides the obvious rudeness in Amanpour’s ceaseless interruptions, it’s clear that she is repeatedly attempting to assign responsibility to Hannan for comments and arguments put forward by other Leave supporters, and to paint the entire group as racist, despite her protestations to the contrary.

At one point she even demands that he takes responsibility for “hate crimes,” and lists “graffiti” and “hurling of insults.” Hannan quite justifiably rejects Amanpour’s attempts to prove a connection as “outrageous.”

“If I was relying on CNN as my only source of evidence, I would think that this was a nativist vote, a protectionist vote,” said an irritated Hannan. “It’s the opposite. We are a global country and we can do better than just a regional association.”

As for Amanpour, she self-righteously declared herself a journalist on a “mission” to separate “truths and myths.”

If I recall correctly, some people at the time said she thought she was interviewing Nigel Farage.

VIDEO: Little Girl to Nigel Farage: ‘My Mummy Says You Hate Foreigners’

DAVID GOLDMAN: A deplorable vote for Angela Merkel.

Deplorably, I would vote for Angela Merkel, and urge my American friends to support the present Christian Democratic-Social Democratic coalition rather than the alternative: a “Red-Red-Green” coalition (Social Democrats plus the successor to the old East German Communist Party plus the Green Party. If Merkel loses Germany will be ruled by Russian stooges. That’s the opposite of what some of Donald Trump’s closest supporters think. Most of them agree with British gadfly Nigel Farage, who told Germany’s national radio yesterday:

Well, I wouldn’t vote for Angela Merkel, that’s the first piece of advice I’d give. I mean, look at the catastrophic errors she made: opening up the doors to so-called refugees, it turned out that 70 percent of them were young males, economic migrants. And because she’s given up border controls, the most wanted man in Europe if not the world is able to catch a train to France, and then to Italy, without anyone checking who he is.

Farage is right, but he’s wrong. Many of my friends are making the same mistake that the neo-conservatives did, that is, attempting to export American ideas to place where they don’t belong. When they look at any part of the world, Americans ask: Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? In most places, there aren’t good guys and bad guys. There are just bad guys and worse guys. Merkel’s migration policy is bad, but it is neither stupidly bad, nor wickedly bad. Rather, it is tragically bad. Germany has a gap in its soul. In between the citizen-of-the-world liberalism that characterizes its elite and the atavistic nationalism that attracts a small fringe, there is nothing there at all.

This is a lengthy piece, but a fascinating one. It would be well worth your time to read the whole thing, even if you don’t reach the same conclusions.

NIGEL FARAGE ON TRUMP AT CPAC: The EU Is ‘Absolutely Terrified of Him – Good.’ Video at the link.

ACTUALLY, YOU COULD JUST GO WITH “IGNORE THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY” AND YOU’D BE PRETTY SAFE: Ignore the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ‘negative’ Christmas message, Nigel Farage says.

BRITAIN TO TRUMP: ‘No vacancy’ for Farage as ambassador.

Britain on Tuesday dismissed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented expression of support for Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage to be made British ambassador to Washington, saying pointedly that there is no vacancy for the job.

Trump, who after his election victory met Farage before any EU leaders, said on Twitter that “many people” would like to see the former metals trader turned politician as Britain’s ambassador.

“Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!” Trump said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who congratulated Trump on his victory, was swift to reject such an undiplomatic proposal.

“There is no vacancy,” a Downing Street spokesman said when asked about Trump’s remark on Tuesday. “We already have an excellent ambassador to the US.”

I’m positive Trump was simply complementing Farage in his typically bombastic way, and not actually lecturing Britain on who their U.S. ambassador should be.

But after eight years of lectures from the outgoing American President, you can hardly blame Britain for being a little touchy.

UN COMMISSIONER DEALING IN WEAPONIZED PARANOIA: UN Commissioner Warns of ‘Weaponized’ Populism from Wilders, Trump, Farage Turning ‘Into Colossal Violence.’

After #Brexit and #Texit, how ‘bout #UNEXIT as well? (Or will that be covered under #Texit?)

AMERICAN BREXIT? NIGEL FARAGE JOINS TRUMP IN JACKSON, MS: Farage’s Brexit surprised all the pollsters. Could Trump do the same here?, asks Roger Simon, who’s on the road, camera in hand, at Trump’s latest rally.

Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, listens, at Trump's campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.)

Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, listens, at Trump’s campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.)

I’M WITH THE BANNED: “What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the Republican National Convention,” from leftwing British journalist Laurie Penny:

Milo is excited. This is his night. How does he feel about his suspension?

“It’s fantastic,” he says, “It’s the end of the platform. The timing is perfect.”

He was planning for something like this. “I thought I had another six months, but this was always going to happen.”

Milo shows no remorse for the avalanche of misconduct he helped direct towards Leslie Jones, who is just the latest victim of the recreational ritual abuse he likes to launch at women and minorities for the fame and fun of it. According to the law of the wild web, the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give. I have come to believe, in the course of our bizarro unfriendship, that Milo believes in almost nothing concrete—not even in free speech. The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash.

Milo puts on a bulletproof jacket before his big entrance. He does this “because it’s funny,” although he worries that it may be insufficiently flattering. “I’m going to send it to my guy at Louis Vuitton.” It’s all an act. A choreographed performance by a career sociopath who will claim any cause to further his legend. Milo Yiannopoulos is the ideological analogue of Kim Kardashian’s rear end. Trickster breaks the internet.

As Glenn has noted in regards to Milo, “to survive in an outrage culture, it helps to be outrageous.” It’s the sort of behavior that the American media rewards greatly – wait ‘til Penny discovers Obama’s shtick in 2008.


It is the second time Farage resigns as the leader of the party, but he says this time it is definite.

Farage said Monday he will retain his seat in the European Parliament to see out the negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU following the country’s June 23 vote to leave the bloc.

As Jonah Goldberg tweets, “Getting really jealous of the UK. Their politicians accomplish the big things they promised to do and then go away.”

UPDATE: “During the referendum I said I wanted my country back. Now I want my life back.”



Don’t know much about history; Farage is the one who’s fighting an unaccountable socialist European super-state, not trying to build one.

Sad; the Telegraph used to be one of England’s more conservative newspapers, until it was, to coin a phrase, “fundamentally transformed.”

Related: “Gloating Farage tells EU: Most of you have never done a proper job in your lives.” But then, the same could be said of much of the world’s MSM as well.

TIME-WARNER-CNN-HBO’s REALLY TAKING #BREXIT HARD: CNN’s Zakaria: Journalists ‘Better Educated’, ‘More Comfortable With Diversity’ Than Ordinary People.

Know your place, peasant!

Earlier: Time-Warner-HBO-CNN Spokesman John Oliver Calls Boris Johnson A ‘Shaved Orangutan’ And David Cameron A ‘Pig-F***Er’ In Nine-Minute Anti-Brexit Rant On Us Tv: “Prominent pro-Brexit politician and leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage was savaged as having a ‘punchable face.’”

TIME-WARNER-HBO-CNN SPOKESMAN JOHN OLIVER CALLS BORIS JOHNSON A ‘SHAVED ORANGUTAN’ AND DAVID CAMERON A ‘PIG-F***ER’ IN NINE-MINUTE ANTI-BREXIT RANT ON US TV: “Prominent pro-Brexit politician and leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage was savaged as having a ‘punchable face.’”

Oliver is employed by the same corporation that issued an on-air apology minutes after a guest on a CNN program used the term “crosshairs” during a segment in January of 2011, when the left’s modified limited hangout required claiming that Sarah Palin’s election clipart magically led to the shooting a Democratic senator and Republican-appointed federal judge.

He’s also employed by the same corporation that led an on-air jeremiad against “bullying,” only to bully pro-traditional marriage Florida AG Pam Bondi for no particular reason on air after an Islamic terrorist shot up an Orlando disco this month, and to tear into UKIP politician Ray Finch for daring to support Brexit. As Rod Dreher wrote last week, “Had he been on for a minute more, [Christiane Amanpour] would have blamed Orlando on Nigel Farage.”

To put it succinctly: “To Hell with You People.”

Update: “BREAKING: Guy who left Britain is upset Britain left the EU.” Heh. As Iowahawk recently tweeted, “a British version of John Oliver [covering American politics] would be a nightly BBC show with Larry the Cable Guy talking about how bad Britain sucks.”


There’s a delicious irony to Remainers’ branding of Leave voters as confused individuals who have simply made a desperate howling noise, whose anti-EU vote was a ‘howl of anger’ (Tim Farron) or a ‘howl of frustration’ (JK Rowling). Which is that if anyone’s been howling in recent days, it’s them, the top dogs of the Remain campaign. They are howling against the demos; raging against the people; fuming about a system that allows even that portly bloke at the end of your street who never darkened the door of a university to have a say on important political matters. That system we call democracy.

In all the years I’ve been writing about political stuff, I cannot remember a time when anti-democratic sentiment has been as strong as it is right now. No sooner had an awe-inspiring 17.5m people rebelled against the advice of virtually every wing of the establishment and said screw-you to the EU than politicos were calling into question the legitimacy of their democratic cry. Apparently the people were ill-informed, manipulated, in thrall to populist demagoguery, and the thing they want, this unravelling of the EU, is simply too mad and disruptive a course of action to contemplate. So let’s overturn the wishes of this dumb demos. . . .

Media commentary has dripped with contempt for the moronic people. ‘Some of the oldest and whitest people on the planet leapt at a chance to vote against the monsters in their heads’, howled a writer for Esquire. There’s much talk about the people being ‘manipulated’ by lies and misinformation, as if they’re lifeless putty in the hands of the likes of Farage. Some have gone so far as to twist the definition of democracy in an attempt to rubbish the people’s will. ‘The idea that somehow any decision reached anytime by majority rule is necessarily “democratic” is a perversion of the term’, says Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff. Sometimes, democracy means making sure the people ‘avoid making uninformed decisions with catastrophic consequences’, he says. So it can be democratic to thwart the majority’s wishes if we think they’re stupid. And they have the gall to talk about manipulation.

And make no mistake: it is their aim to thwart our will. They want to use the law or politicians’ clout to undermine the result.

Traditionally, when the leaders and scribes resist the revolution, you hang a few from lampposts and the rest fall in line.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED. Nigel Farage: Why Does Barack Obama’s White House Hate The United Kingdom?

Flashback: “Many observers seem puzzled.  I’m not and neither is the UK press.  It’s about Kenya,” the blogger Baldilocks noted in March of 2009 when the Churchill bust was drop-shipped to Downing Street and Obama stiffed then-PM Gordon Brown.

Related: “Mr Obama’s catchphrase is ‘Yes, you can!’ — so why is he telling us Brits ‘No, you can’t’?”

Because the semi-retired president needs a nice change of pace from saying “No you can’t” to us Americans for the past seven and a half years.

YET ANOTHER REASON FOR TRUMP’S POPULARITY: “Europeans are obsessed with Donald Trump — The loud-mouthed billionaire businessman embodies what Europeans love to hate about the U.S.,” sniffs a haughty Politico-Europe author as he dives for the fainting couch:

PARIS — The media here has got a Continental strain of Trump fever.

Since the real estate mogul made a shocking surge to the top of the Republican presidential polls in the U.S., Europe has fixated on the unapologetic showman, churning out a steady stream of news coverage and commentary.

On Thursday, France’s Libération newspaper devoted its entire front page to a photo of a snarling Donald, with an inch-high headline that read: “Donald Trump — The American Nightmare.”

The Continent has its share of outrageous personalities on the political right of center: Britain’s Nigel Farage, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, France’s family Le Pen. But Trump fits many perceived European stereotypes of America: excess, vulgarity, ignorance, superficiality, love of wealth, to name a few.

“Trump represents the America that we love to hate,” said Marie-Cécile Naves, a sociologist and author of “Le nouveau visage des droites américaines” (“The New Face of the American Right”). “He is our negative mirror image, a man we see as brutal, who worships money and lacks culture — someone who lets us feel a bit superior about being European.”

They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing — not the least of which how swell it worked on both sides of the Atlantic when America elected a Europe-approved candidate in 2008:

Obama Berlin 2008

Spectators listen to the speech of of the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., seen on the screen, in front of the Victory Column in Berlin, Thursday, July 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

THE WAPO IS WORRIED: Far right in Europe sees opportunity after wave of terror in France. If the people you regard as savory refuse to address obvious problems, then people that you regard as unsavory will step forward.

UPDATE: Farage: ‘We Must Stand Up For Our Judeo-Christian Culture.’ Things like that matter to voters more than they matter to elites. It’s unsurprising that, in a democracy, someone would step forward to address that.

MICKEY KAUS: Moe Tucker Conservatives?

Wickham focuses on the flip-flop and contradiction angles, but maybe UKIP has backed into an intriguing model for a 21st century First World party, namely fighting against all the modern forces pulling the economy and the culture apart. The forces: Technology and trade increase income inequality (UKIP’s Nigel Farage: “The country’s got a big, big problem and in the course of the last decade the ‘rich’ have got remarkably richer.”) Uncontrolled immigration brings discordant cultures and lower wages, making it harder for unskilled workers to live traditional, ordinary middle class lives. Even if wages weren’t going down, it would be harder to have social equality when incomes depend increasingly on smarts, skills and knowledge. Income differences take on a nasty new edge. Endless, inconclusive wars — disorienting in themselves — increase the gap between military and civilian culture, between those who serve and those who don’t.

Not sure I agree with Kaus’s analysis here, but he’s onto something.

CAN WE HAVE ONE OF THOSE, PLEASE? Interview: Nigel Farage: An Emerging Leader Unafraid To Take His Country Back.

PUTTING THE GREAT BACK IN GREAT BRITAIN: PJ Media Interviews UKIP Leader Nigel Farage. “We want to …[manage] the quality of the people who come into our country so that immigrants to our nation are for the betterment of our society. It’s very interesting because on this trip I’m hearing echoes here in America. I am hearing echoes of the similar arguments we were having five or six years ago. . . . The government has been part of the problem for forty years. It has state-sponsored multi-culturalism, where we have encouraged division within our society to an extent where pockets of people have been easier targets and prey for those who wish to radicalize them. It’s happening in our schools. It’s happening in our prisons, particularly. A real issue in our prisons is the growth of jihadism.”

CHANGE: Nigel Farage tactfully comments on the euro and the EU.

JAMES DELINGPOLE: The old order is dying. We are living in the age of Farage. The UKIP certainly seems to be on a roll.

NOT EUROPE! THINGS LIKE THAT NEVER HAPPEN THERE! Nigel Farage On “Wholesale, Violent Revolution” In Europe.

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: Nigel Farage: “The euro-zone is in a very dark place; economically, socially, and politically.”

NIGEL FARAGE: France’s new 75% tax rate a “Hate Tax” for the successful.

RICK SANTELLI AND NIGEL FARAGE: “Euro Titanic” Hits The Iceberg.

NIGEL FARAGE ON Europe’s 19th Nervous Breakdown. “Nobody believes you. The wheels are coming off.”


#EUROFAIL: Nigel Farage: The Euro Is A Failure. “It looks like UK Independence Party MEP Nigel Farage took an opportunity to speak truth to power in a way that the Occupy protesters can only dream of. Okay, so it’s a little over the top. And yet . . . this euro doesn’t seem to be working out, does it?”

NIGEL FARAGE: The English Tea Partier.