Despite all, The Times has named me Briton of the year. Attacks aside, I am grateful. Thank you. http://t.co/6gqGvjoPVL— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 26, 2014
Well, at least it wasn't Dapper Laughs.
The Times naming Nigel Farage as Briton of the Year makes this country a much darker place to live in. I feel utterly embarrassed.— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) December 27, 2014
The Ukip leader was lauded for recovering from crashing in a plane to become a mainstream political force in 2014.
Farage won Times' Briton of the Year. My vote: William Pooley. Fought Ebola, caught Ebola, returned to fight it again pic.twitter.com/mNs567XFtp— Jack Moore (@JFXM) December 27, 2014
In all fairness, the impact of Farage on UK politics cannot be ignored, despite the best unintentional efforts of some members to draw ridicule.
I see The Times has given its Briton Of The Year award to Dapper Fears.— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) December 27, 2014
The Times writes: "The established political parties have not been able to ignore Ukip, however, whatever they may think of its more toxic members.
"Just as in the first half of the parliament Mr Farage’s threat to the Tory vote forced Mr Cameron to promise an EU referendum, his advances in 2014 have forced Mr Miliband to pay more attention to the concerns of heartland Labour voters who worry about immigration."
This year saw Ukip win the European election and secure two defections from the Tories in the shape of Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless.
Explaining who Ukip have resonated with, The Times writes: "Ukip champions people who feel that today’s mainstream parties have all broken promises and in their obsessive targeting of marginal seats have neglected disadvantaged electorates in, for example, seaside resorts or the inner cities.
"Chasing this coalition of the disaffected has made Ukip a less coherent political force but it has certainly made it a more popular one."
Here's what Twitter made of the announcement...
If Nigel Farage really is @thetimes Briton of the year then they obviously didn't look very far. One despairs.— Judy Astley (@Judyastley) December 27, 2014
Times writers falling over themselves to defend Times naming Farage as Briton of the Year. I'm afraid it's an accolade although you deny it.— Ian Kenny (@ianskenny) December 27, 2014
Truly shocked @thetimes made Farage Briton of the Year
Even if it’s about impact his ‘impact’ all negativity, prejudice & fearDecember 27, 2014
No. I'm Briton of the Year... #Spartacus— hardeep singh kohli (@misterhsk) December 27, 2014
Briton of the year??
God save us all.December 27, 2014
Much annoyance at @thetimes naming Farage Briton of the Year, but few decent suggestions of better alternatives.— James Manning (@JamesManning) December 27, 2014
The Times names Nigel Farage as Briton of the year. The year in question is 1958.— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) December 27, 2014
I'd have thought Briton of the Year would have gone to the person who actually kept the UK together pic.twitter.com/k8EbqPpiXv— John Prescott (@johnprescott) December 27, 2014
And for a rather lovely analysis of Twitter's reaction, have a read of this.
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