In these days of CCTV, you have to wonder if anyone can be so numbskulledly thick as to carry out that piece of theatre yesterday.
Farage was at a pub, having Sunday lunch. A mob burst into the pub and intimidated his family. The interesting thing for me is that these below were not Mail commenters, they were at the Lib Dem Independent:
# It does seem like “rent a mob”. The left have so far illegally smashed Ukip windows, spray painted Ukip billboards, torn down Ukip signs on private property and so far now have a large tally of mob attacks.
Welcome to left-wing PC Britain composed of fascists who pretend to be anti-fascists.
# Tolerance… always demanded by the left only they’re the most intolerant bunch of scumbags themselves. As for this communist rag, would you expect a measured headline?
And of course, the LibLabCon trolls came in and tried to defend the mob, to which one commenter replied:
# “Shame he is getting some of his behaviour back isn’t it.”
Yes, Farage often goes with a mob to pubs on a Sunday afternoon where politicians are with their families and intimidates them and their children.
“Perhaos he shouls”
When you learn English, let me know.
Guardian readers were out in force, saying, “Ha ha ha,” “Serves him right,” “Getting some of his own violence back,” “Farage, if you can’t stand the heat …” These Guardianisti truly are a breed apart. How completely removed from the whole political debate today they are.
Moving to the Mail, this was the tenor of the comments, as you’d expect:
Nigel Farage is now leading a major party with lots of support around the country and should have police protection. The other party leaders do not have to put up with this harassment so why should he, especially when he is out with his family.
But there wasn’t, was there? There was zero police presence, let alone protection. I recall exactly the same sort of thing where police allowed United Activists of Fascism to physically intimidate Tommy Robinson instead of their duty which was to keep the two groups apart. Then, with no other violence happening, they arrested Tommy Robinson.
And here’s the man who organized yesterday’s mayhem. A Polish immigrant who doesn’t work. Also occasionally writes for … you guessed it … the Guardian.
For me, far more disgraceful was The Telegraph. For a start, there was no comments thread – at least the Mail, which used the very same text for their version, left comments on. They opened with how Farage had been “chased down the street” as if he was a coward running away. Actually, the mob chased the car and a woman jumped over the bonnet. Who’ll pay for that damage?
Where are the arrests?
The pub itself did nothing to stop the mob invading and wouldn’t say a word.
The Telegraph then spent about 3/8 of the article giving the chief harrasser a forum to make political comments about Farage’s politics. Is that responsible journalism? Do you give the criminal a forum and the victim nothing?
As if on cue, an American tweeter supplied the answer:
It then said Farage suggested “taxpayer funded” protection. He never said that. He said police protection, just as other major leaders have. And as for whether he’s a major leader or not, anyone recall the elections last year and the two by-elections, plus the council gains?
So if he’s a major party leader, what the hell is he doing in the shameful TV debates as just one of the also-rans? Why is he not taking on the other three directly? Even the media runs these four as the main parties.
And the most dismaying thing is that polls show that around 67% of those voting are intending voting for one of the two most corrupt parties. Where is there logic in any of this?
It also raises certain questions about who has the vote and who doesn’t. Look at that rent-a-mob at the top again and the question of suffrage becomes a very real one. And what of a party which advocates physical intimidation of other party leaders and supporters? How is this different to the Nazi intimidation in the 20s and 30s? Is it that they haven’t burnt down the Reichstag yet?