Remain prepare for TV showdown…. by releasing Nigel Farage’s greatest hits film
Video shows Ukip leader defending using the word ‘chinky’ and telling breastfeeding women to ‘sit in a corner’.
Remain campaigners have made a fresh bid to undermine Nigel Farage as he is set to star in the second major live referendum television debate.
The Ukip leader and David Cameron will both feature in the ITV programme at 9pm on Tuesday evening. They will be questioned directly by members of the audience for half an hour each, with ITV newscaster Julie Etchingham in the chair.
Ahead of the debate, Britain Stronger in Europe has released a punchy video showing a number of controversial comments from Farage.
There is grainy footage of a younger Farage making an after dinner speech at his brother’s wedding and using the word ‘fags’. The term was used as part of a homophobic joke about the death of a man at TV Michael Barrymore’s house, which Farage later defended. He said: "It was a best man’s speech for Christ sake. If you look at the whole video I told a whole series of jokes."
The film then shows Farage defending the using the word "chinky", targeting migrants with HIV and suggesting that breastfeeding women should "sit in a corner". There is also footage of the Ukip leader telling journalist Michael Crick that some of what he has said in the past is "not necessarily racist".
The film is provocatively titled: ‘Presenting Nigel Farage... Spokesman for the Leave Campaign.’
Vote Leave campaigners previously expressed outrage that Farage had been invited to put the case for their side in the ITV debate. The official Brexit campaign group accused ITV of a "stitch up" for selecting the Ukip leader, who has always supported rival eurosceptic group Leave.EU.
Farage has prepared for the debate by not having an alcoholic drink for a week. He told The Telegraph: "It is a big moment for the campaign – I am not taking it likely I am thinking very hard about it."
He is expected to use the debate to attack Cameron’s patriotism and integrity, and to paint the prime minister as a member of the ruling class who benefits from remaining in the EU.