Farage, just another pol
Rupert Murdoch has long had a low opinion of David Cameron, although they had something of a rapprochement before the last election when Cameron dropped in on Murdoch’s yacht Rosehearty in the Mediterranean. So Murdoch’s dinner with Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, on Tuesday was a calculated insult to the Prime Minister.
That is intriguing.
But Farage’s eagerness to pay his respects at the court of the Sky king is nauseating. Here is an anti-politics politician who pretends to be different from the establishment lackeys of the establishment media, and yet, given the chance of a canapé at the Murdoch apartment in London, he is there faster than you can say “outsider”.
Farage has a surface plausibility. Everyone says he comes across on television as a normal person. But The Financial Times asks number 905 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (pictured) in a 3,800-word profile today. George Parker, the FT political editor, compares him to Alex Salmond, another separatist who presents himself as a plain speaker. Farage says he hopes he has some of Salmond’s ability to “speak a language that ordinary folk understand”.
Farage reminds me of the kind of person you might talk to in a pub, who seems to be making sense until the second pint, when you realise you have nothing in common with him at all.Tagged in: anti-politics, headline, nigel farage, qtwtain, rupert murdoch, ukip
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