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SMITH: Congratulations to the establishment – you’ve just mobilised Nigel Farage to battle you…again

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In 2015, the Tory party won a General Election after promising a referendum on European Union membership after Nigel Farage’s UKIP’s barnstorming European Election triumph the year previously.

June 23rd, 2016: the UK votes to Leave the EU after UKIP led by Farage, under the banner of Leave.EU, campaigned in areas across the UK affected by years of EU bureaucracy.

Since then, the establishment has done whatever it could to undermine the vote, and now we have seen over 400 Parliamentarians vote to extend Article 50 and the day before vote in favour of ruling out a No Deal Brexit, leaving on WTO rules.

By voting for their own interests against those that voted for them to serve, career politicians and elitist establishment have just opened the Arc of the Covenant, and Nigel Farage is ready to peer from it. He’s back, and it’s their fault.

If Mrs May grovels enough to ensure the other 27 EU nations’ agreement to extend Article 50, the UK will be once more be obliged to put forward candidates for the next Euro Elections in May, and Farage, under the banner of The Brexit Party, will be ready to contest.

Despite being officially under the leadership of Catherine Blaiklock, Farage is the face of the party, and took seven UKIP MEPs with him. Former UKIP member Steven Woolfe has also stated his interested in standing with them. The only sticky wicket is the bad feeling between Farage and the current UKIP brand which caused his resignation shortly before Christmas.

With no disrespect intended to current leader of UKIP, Gerard Batten, he possesses no more than a mere fraction of Farage’s charisma in my opinion. Batten is fierce and very good at dealing with the mainstream media word-twisters, but hasn’t got the appeal across the board of Brexiters that Farage has. The sensible thing will be the Brexit Party and UKIP reaching some sort of electoral agreement, but if UKIP wish to stand someone against Farage, and defeats him, then they have pretty much lost Brexit by removing its most pivotal champion.

Farage’s rabble-rousing, gavel-banging and mostly-improvised speeches within the belly of the beast that is the EU Parliament have been something of online sensations for almost a decade, coming to mainstream prominence when he stood-up and proclaimed that the then-newly-elected EU Commission President, Herman Van Rompuy, had “the charisma of a damp rag,” and “the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk.” Farage really has to thank YouTube and social media for helping to catapult him into public consciousness. In fact, just recently, a Farage speech gained around 5 million views across platforms within days.

Even some of his biggest adversaries even admit his abilities, arch-Remainer Ken Clarke once calling him “the most successful politician of my generation”. Of course, many of those whose greatest pleasure is sneering behind a keyboard are keen to point out that he stood for Parliament seven times and lost, but debunking this is easy: six of those times he never had a realistic chance and when he did, he lost to a Tory whose campaign has been proven to have been fraught with overspending, against the rules, and he still lost by a mere couple of thousand.

And how do you account for his success?

Well, let’s take the 2014 Euro Elections. UKIP became the most-represented of all the UK parties in Brussels and Strasbourg, and in the 2015 General Election, UKIP gained around four million votes, an impressive feat made to look poor due to the UK’s archaic voting system returning only one MP, and of course the referendum was really the pinnacle: Farage’s case for leaving defeated the Prime Minister and his scaremongering Chancellor, as well as former President Obama, who tried to tell us all that leaving would render us “at the back of the queue” when it came to a trade deal.

Of course, what Obama didn’t bank on was that crooked Hillary Clinton would lose to Donald Trump, who has on numerous occasions promised the UK a good trade deal, the most recently coming yesterday, allegedly after a quiet word with Farage, the only UK politician who seemingly has the President’s ear.

Nigel Farage, a regular at CPAC conventions, is popular with conservatives in the US and is known for his friendship with President Trump

Regardless of whether it’s UKIP who are still the “people’s army” or whether you think it’s The Brexit Party, it is Nigel Farage who is going to lead from the front and if we have to go out and campaign and win again, it will be he who will lead the way, one footstep and pint at a time.


Jack Oliver Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Type News

Photograph credits: Steve Bowbrick, Gage Skidmore

SMITH: Modern, ‘woke’ lefties need a history lesson about UK’s Eurosceptics

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The ‘progressive’ youth of today are constantly banging-on about lowering the national voting age. The thing is, most of them convey such a degree of ignorance and stupidity that they really aren’t the best examples of their beliefs.

I remember reading that not long after the European referendum in 2016, a number of Momentum supporters had referred to veteran Bolsover MP, Dennis Skinner, as ‘a Tory’ for voting in favour of Leave. Anyone with the most basic concept of Mr Skinner and his politics will know that that is a statement on a level of moronic that’s hard to reach.

Of course, the woke political activists – and even Labour MP Owen Smith – believe that Brexit is something cooked-up by right-wingers, which is why so many of UKIP’s vote at the 2017 General Election went to Labour. Obviously. But it’s not just instances like this that convey their ignorance, but ever since the end of World War II there has been a long line of Labour and left-wing stances against European integration, often in resistance of Conservatives pushing for it.

In January 1963, Tory MP Harold Macmillan saw the UK’s application to join the EEC rejected by French President Charles de Gaulle, a matter of months after Labour leader, Hugh Gaitskell, stating at their party conference in Brighton, that joining the European community would “end a thousand years of history”.

Skip forward twelve years, and Britain are in the EEC (taken in by Tory PM Edward Heath), but Harold Wilson is now in No 10 and honours his promise of a referendum on membership. At an Oxford Union debate in the June of 1975, Labour MP Peter Shore gives a barnstorming speech in-front of a glaring Heath, in which he said:

Therefore, now what do they say? What is the message that comes now? No longer to tell the British people about the goodies that lie there. No longer that. That won’t wash – will it? Because the evidence will no longer support it. So the message, the message that comes out is fear, fear, fear. Fear because you won’t have any food. Fear of unemployment.
Fear that we’ve somehow been so reduced as a country that we can no longer, as it were, totter about in the world independent as a nation.

In this mini history lesson for stupid lefties, this is perhaps the most glaring example they have missed is the excerpt from Labour’s 1983 General Election manifesto. Regardless of its electoral failure, Michael Foot was clear in his plan to get Britain out of Europe should he have been given the mandate to govern.

On taking office we will open preliminary negotiations with the other EEC member states to establish a timetable for withdrawal; and we will publish the results of these negotiations in a White Paper. In addition, as soon as possible after the House assembles, we will introduce a Repeal Bill: first, in order to amend the 1972 European Communities Act, ending the powers of the Community in the UK; and second, to provide the necessary powers to repeal the 1972 Act, when the negotiations on withdrawal are completed.

Labour Party manifesto, 1983

Whilst the Conservative Party has been rife with fissures caused by Europe ever since we entered the EEC under Heath, no Tories have ever formally formed a breakaway party off the back of it. In 1981, one of the key reasons behind four former Labour cabinet ministers’ decision to form the SDP was Labour’s European position, and in the opposite to the current left’s belief that anything Brexit is right-wing, veteran Labour MP Tony Benn stated in 1982:

I think the SDP really is a very right-wing party. In a funny way it’s more right-wing than Mrs. Thatcher because Mrs. Thatcher is an old-fashioned liberal, if you know what I mean, she believes in market forces and small government. But my knowledge and experience of the SDP is that they believe in a centralised system, they believe in a federal Europe in which we would only be a province under Brussels…

Quite the contrary to today’s belief that anything that supports leaving Europe is right-wing.

David Owen, now Lord Owen, rejoined the Labour Party in recent years and has shifted his opinion towards Brexit, supporting Vote Leave during the 2016 referendum campaign, alongside other prominent Brexit-supporting left-wingers such as Gisela Stuart, Kate Hoey and George Galloway.

All these examples show-up a large number of modern-day lefties as ignorant and moronic, but perhaps this final example is the most damning of all for them. Their martyr, their hero, has always been a prominent Eurosceptic, too.

Yes, old Jez himself.

We have a European bureaucracy totally unaccountable to anybody, powers have gone from national parliaments – they haven’t gone to the European Parliament, they’ve gone to the Commission and to some extent the Council of Ministers. These are quite serious matters

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party conference, 1996

Jeremy Corbyn has been a longstanding Eurosceptic and hasn’t been secretive about it either. Not only did he vote for leaving Europe in 75 before becoming an MP, but Corbyn also voted against the Lisbon Treaty more than once, defied his own party’s whip and voted for a referendum in 2011, and of course, during the 2016 campaign, disappeared on holiday and failed to show at any key Remain rallies or events.

What does this go to show about Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom? It shows that it’s not a case of us being left or right – we are just right.


Jack Oliver Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Type News

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