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Obvious [May. 24th, 2014|08:12 am]
Tony Grist
UKIP stumbles from gaffe to gaffe, its policies are ill-thought out and ridiculously right-wing and most of its personnel are plonkers, but none of this has stopped it from triumphing in the elections.  Nigel Farage is like one of those cartoon characters who gets blown up every 30 seconds and still keeps on coming.  Why this indestructability? I think it's obvious. He's just about the only contemporary British politician who doesn't talk like a sat-nav. 

[User Picture]From: qatsi
2014-05-24 09:15 pm (UTC)
Your analogy about a cartoon character is a very good fit.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-25 06:26 am (UTC)
The chirpiness, the grin!
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-05-25 08:42 pm (UTC)
This seems to be a very British political failing: people love the "amiable buffoon", and will automatically overlook however repellent their actual policies are. Certainly, it's worked well for Boris Johnson, who at least isn't the xenophobe Farage is.

I would hope that UKIP will recede to a more normal level of reporting soon, all the same. I've been quite upset by the superstar-level saturation coverage the guy's been receiving. I wouldn't have the BBC or Guardian not report on him, absolutely, but if the journos involved want to try telling themselves that that extreme publicity hasn't been a large factor in their rise, they're not fooling anybody but themselves.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-05-26 10:52 am (UTC)
Johnson worries me more than Farage does- mainly because he has a good chance of landing the top job. I think he's very smart and very dodgy.

Asking journos to stay away from Farage is like asking cats to stay away from catnip. He's the only party leader who isn't deadly dull.
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