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Russell Brand Could Ask Nigel Farage These 5 Questions On Question Time

10/12/2014 17:57 GMT | Updated 11/12/2014 12:59 GMT
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UK Independence Party (UKIP) party leader Nigel Farage speaks to a journalist in Rochester, Kent on November 21, 2014, a day after the party won a second seat in Parliament in a by-election. Mark Reckless was re-elected with 42 percent of the vote in Rochester and Strood in southeast England, after defecting in September from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party to UKIP, which wants strict quotas on immigration. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage are going to provide some political fireworks on the BBC's Question Time as two flamboyant - but politically contrary - figures.

The pair will almost certainly overshadow the rest of the panel on Thursday night, who include conventional politicians like Labour's shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh.

What could they end up fighting over? HuffPost UK presents five questions that the comedian and activist may decide to ask the Ukip leader.

1. "Aren't you 'that racist bloke' who doesn't want Romanians living next door to you?"

2. "How can you say Ukip isn't a 'far right party' when you have the support of so many racists?"

[Ex-British National Party leader Nick Griffin, the BNP splinter group Britain First and former English Defence League head Tommy Robinson are all fans.]

3. "I'm just a 'guy from Grays in Essex', but isn't your 'self-declared people's party' just a load of public school boys and City types?"

[Ex-City trader Farage went to Dulwich College, while his party's two MPs, Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless, went to Charterhouse and Marlborough College respectively. Spread betting magnate Stuart Wheeler, an Old Etonian, also decided to support Ukip as its treasurer. Meanwhile, Ukip donor Paul Sykes is one of Britain's wealthiest men with an estimated £650m in the bank.]

4. "Is Ukip really different or is it just a 'modest amplification of the prevailing political mentality'?"

[Not only was Farage once part of the Conservatives, but his two MPs left are former Tories, as are his vice-chairman Neil Hamilton, current MEPs Roger Helmer and William Dartmouth, and current peers Lord Pearson and Willoughby de Broke.]

5. "Why don't you drop the erroneous belief that immigration negatively impacts on people's lives and go after tax dodgers? You like paying your taxes, don't you?"

[Farage, who previously railed against "rich people and successful companies" not paying their fair share, was reported to have funneled earnings into a company which would mean he pays 20% corporation tax on profits of £45,000, rather than 40% income tax.]

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