When Farage ran for MP at the last General Election he did so in my home constituency of South Thanet. Even though he lost, I saw first-hand the rift created in the community; but Farage is a politician and knows how the system works. Trump is a complete outsider with zero experience, yet he is part of the very crowd he tries to oppose.
The primary role of the new Ukip leader is to bring together the party as best they can in the interests of its main strength, the membership. Paul is not one of the recent political carpet baggers who somehow manifested themselves at the top, he has been around for some time. Only Nuttall comes to the role of leader with unblemished provenance. He is of no faction. In point of fact on that score he is without equal.
Trump's behaviour towards women should alone enough to never support anything he ever does. But there are also the small matters of him calling Mexicans rapists, inciting violence against protesters, supporting Nazi-style checks on Muslims and making various other proclamations usually reserved for depraved war criminals. Nigel Farage supports this man - and he doesn't just think he's the lesser of evils, he's travelled to America to appear on stage with him and endorsed him again this week on radio. Whatever you think of Ukip, they're still one of the UK's biggest mainstream parties with millions of voters. That the party's foremost figure is in league with an evil extremist barely seems to been acknowledged.
The New Art Gallery Walsall has as many thin edges as their local councillors have thin skins. I say this from experience, which I have documented in ...
What are you smoking...? Recently I've read Alan MacDonald's post on "The Dark Side Of Brexit". After the initial confusion (there's a light side?) I...
Such is the self-absorption of Britain with things that affect Britain, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the world's refugee crisis is largely about who comes to this country. It's all about Calais, isn't it?... The UK is just a bit player in the global drama - the tragedy - which has seen tens of millions of people forced out of their homes because of war and repression.
Woolfe had been the Ukip heir apparent in the first of this autumn's Ukip leadership elections, but failed to submit his paperwork on time to be eligible to stand. Now, in the first ever survey of Ukip party members by any polling company, YouGov can reveal that Steven Woolfe was the favourite candidate of party members - even if he'd had to compete with Nigel Farage.
Researching and interviewing for my new book The Brexit Club made one thing absolutely clear - the various Eurosceptic campaigns were full of huge egos, dark plotting and deep suspicion. The purpose of the book was to chart how the various Leave campaigns became established and then operated over the preceding year...
Nigel Farage and Donald Trump are not just any man in any private locker room, they are powerful men of influence who may be able to enforce law and who already influence our culture. When words like this are used and not acknowledged as being dangerous, women are put at greater risk. Risk of assault, of rape, of not being asked for consent and not being heard when they say no. If you are saying this is commonplace then why do you not understand why we need change? Why are you not angry and fearful for the 50% of society put at risk by this attitude?
Her resignation after 18 days will - again - provoke laughter from many of Ukip's opponents. But those in the Labour party should not laugh too hard. With James now gone, it will allow the party to elect a leader who can truly take them on in those northern, working-class Labour heartlands. Deputy leader Paul Nuttall - who was supposed to have stood down but is yet to be replaced - would be an excellent candidate, but he didn't want to job three months ago and there is no suggestion he would change his mind now. That means Steven Woolfe could walk into the role.
Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement on Wednesday that, if elected president of France in May 2017, he would give Britain a chance to reverse the Brexit vote, has raised eyebrows across the European Union. Can such a decision, democratically taken by the people of a sovereign member state of the EU, be overlooked? What's in it for Sarkozy?
On the day UKIP finally chose its new leader to replace Nigel Farage, an unprecedented thunderstorm hit Britain. Not the thunderstorm that dumped almost half a month's rain in the east, south and south-east of England within hours.
On Friday UKIP announced their new leader Diane James as everybody's supposedly favourite purple potentate Nigel Farage finally hands over the torch at the Party Conference. But what is the future for the party?
If we're being honest, the Brexit referendum was never run with a mind to having a well-informed vote on a matter of profound consequence for the nation. Instead it was reduced to a bartering chip, the promise of a referendum being a cynical route to victory for the Conservatives at the 2015 general election - and not much thought was put in thereafter.
That's the long and short of it. Brexit campaigners like Nigel Farage and his band of merry tricksters willingly and with premeditation allowed themselves to mis-sell a post-Brexit world. They sold us down the river with promises of what were really whims and ideas which were certainly not written in stone and definitely not deliverable.
It has been two months since the Battle of brexit was decided, and finally there is enough distance from its hysteria for fresh reflection. The question as to why the British public leant toward the Leave campaign, and didn't wish to Remain, requires evaluating which strategies worked - and which failed.