The Futility Monster

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Beware The Fruit Loops

Posted by The Futility Monster on February 25, 2010 @ 21:45

Don't think I could put up with this in the British Parliament...

Nigel Farage is a man who is never going to miss an opportunity to deliver a soundbite.

His disgraceful antics in the European Parliament, unleashing a verbal tirade against the EU “President” was clearly inspired by Daniel Hannan’s equivalent diatribe against Gordon Brown.

And it worked. It got Farage coverage on the national news; I saw the clip on ITV News at 10 last night, and it has also been covered by certain media organisations today. Perfect for his campaign to try to unseat Speaker John Bercow in Buckinghamshire.

And all through behaving like a total clown.

Is this the kind of tone we want in our politics? Boorish, oafish, belonging more in The Red Lion than it does in a General Election campaign?

Because, though maybe things like this get coverage, at the same time no one is really all that impressed by it. Imagine if it was followed by an equally crass response by von Rumpy-Pumpy. I’m sure Sky News might get excited. Maybe too BBC3.

But more likely, it would just turn people off. We like to pretend we don’t care about politicians, and the expenses scandal has done serious damage to their reputation, but you still wouldn’t expect them to get into the kind of antics more closely associated with the bar than the Bar.

David Cameron called UKIP a bunch of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”. And maybe I’ve fallen into the same trap with the subject of this post.

And yet it just felt like Farage crossed the line. Perhaps it was the personal insult that did it. And the fact that it was clearly a shameless attempt to cash in on the Hannan-love-in.

Somehow I don’t think it’ll be the last time though.

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