This is how Nigel Farage has reacted to Al Murray standing against him

A somewhat confused response from Farage

Nigel Farage is going to face some stiff competition at the election, but probably not from any of the main parties.

No, a worthy rival has thrown his hat into the ring in the form of comedian Al Murray, whose character the Pub Landlord is pitting himself against Farage’s far-right party.

Upon first hearing the news, Farage tweeted: “The more, the merrier”, to Al Murray. Though that could be the first time Farage has ever uttered that particular idiom.

Farage went on to write a very short (three paragraph) piece for the Independent, saying “finally, some serious competition,” adding: “It’s all a bit of fun for Alastair, of course – and I welcome parody and satire in our politics.”

But he then spoiled his apparent good humour by making an entirely extraneous point that Al Murray is David Cameron’s sixth cousin.

Sixth cousin! What does this even mean? It must be a conspiracy!

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Definitely as we suspected - a bunch of jokers!.

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  • Is it really acceptable to describe UKIP as far right? Surely we all have a perception of what that term really means and I don't see that in UKIP. Their main policies enjoy massive support from the general public, They are moderate ,reasonable positions aimed at dealing with chronic over crowding in parts of England, and the undemocratic conspiracy of other parties to deceitfully sign up to the federalist European stitch up.This does not mean they should be compared to branded extremists, if so more than 50% of the population are also! This is lazy journalism.

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  • Why does the media, including London Loves Business, continually refer to UKIP as a "far right party"? What exactly is "far right" about it?

    Its principle aim is to restore to the British people their democratic right of self determination, via a government not undermined by unelected, unrepresentative, foreign bureaucrats in Brussels, It seeks a system of controlled immigration, not unlike that which existed before the betrayal of the trust of the British people by consecutive Labour and Conservative governments, and not the uncontrolled shambles we have today.

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  • Hi Will and Adrian,

    Thanks for the comments regarding UKIP being described as a "far-right" party.

    While there are many reasons to describe them as such, I'm aware the term is somewhat loaded.

    Unsurprisingly, this isn't the first time this debate has been discussed. Here's an even-handed take on it from politics.co.uk http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2014/01/10/is-it-fair-to-call-ukip-a-far-right-party

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  • UKIP is a far right party. There can be no doubt about that. Their policies would make Thatcher blush.

    Why do so many UKIP apologists not want to be seen as far right wingers?

    That's what you're signing up for if you vote UKIP. Do you even know what their policies are on education, the economy, the NHS, crime, democracy, the environment and welfare?

    Probably not. You like their policies on Europe and immigration, so you don't even bother to research the rest before you lend them your support.

    Lazy journalism? What about lazy citizenship?

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