Nigel Farage denies reinventing himself more times than Dr Who

Written by Matthew Chapman on 20 June 2016 in Diary
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The UKIP leader goes on the offensive during LBC phone-in

Nigel Farage has fended off a member of the public who accused him of having undergone more character transformations than Dr Who.

Days after leading his Brexit flotilla up the Thames, the Ukip leader’s commitment to British fisherman was called into question during a combative half hour on LBC.

The caller, Carol, attacked Farage for his poor attendance record at the European Parliament’s fisheries committee and claimed he had “reinvented yourself more times than Doctor Who”.
Farage said: “You know what I have been accused of many things, Carol, but never that in 20 years of doing this.”

Last month, it emerged Farage had only attended one out of 42 meetings during his three years as a member of committee.

Elsewhere in the phone-in, he also claimed the anti-immigration poster he unveiled on Thursday was only controversial because it was unveiled so close to Jo Cox’s death.

He said: “When I launched that poster it was literally about an hour and a half before she was killed. When I launched the poster there was no controversy at all in fact I had launched a similar one for the London Assembly election just a few weeks before.”

Farage added: “What we are seeing here is the prime minister and the Remain campaign trying to conflate the actions of one crazed individual with the motives of half of Britain who think we should get back control of our borders and do it sensibly and I think that is quite wrong in the way it is being done.”

The news of Baroness Warsi’s defection was also dismissed with contempt by Farage, who claimed the Tory peer was never truly a Leave supporter.

He said: “This is the biggest put-up job I have ever seen. Number 10 put the line out, The Times swallow it hook line and sinker and the broadcasters start reporting it. Baroness Warsi has been consistently abusive about everything I have said and done and UKIP have said and done for the last few years.

“She never supported Britain leaving in the first place. It is utter nonsense. Dan Hannan [MEP] who is a friend of hers invited her to join Muslims for Britain and speak on platforms and she refused. It is a non-story.”

Farage was also asked whether he believed David Cameron tweeting Jo Cox’s last ever opinion piece was a piece of political opportunism.

He said: “I think there are Remain camp supporters out there who are using this tragic death to try and give the impression that this isolated horrific incident is somehow linked to arguments that have been made by myself or Michael Gove and anyone else involved in this campaign and frankly that is wrong.”

When pressed on whether it was political opportunism, he responded: “I think people are intelligent enough to make their minds up on that.”

 

 

(Picture credit: PA)

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