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Watch: Nigel Farage’s car crash interview on LBC

16 May 2014

12:13 PM

16 May 2014

12:13 PM

So much for Nigel Farage’s image as a straight-talking politician. On LBC this morning, the Ukip leader went head-to-head with James O’Brien, covering a range of topics including some of the ‘idiots’ in his party, living next door to Romanians as well as the party’s recent poster campaign. The interview became particularly heated at around 15 minutes in, when O’Brien quizzed him on immigration and his wife, who apparently does not speak German on trains.

But when it came to discussing his EU expenses/allowances, and why he hasn’t signed up to a transparency agreement like Labour MEPs, the party’s head of communications Patrick O’Flynn interrupted the interview to halt the car crash. As you can see in the video above (jump to around 20:55), this didn’t go down well with Farage.

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  • http://noparticularplacetobe.blogspot.com Susie Granic

    The people who have written remarks below do not seem to have actually listened to the interview. I have had an open mind about Farage for a while but after listening to him trying to wheedle his way out of giving straight answers to O’Brien I feel mainly contempt for him. And you lot here saying that there is a “concocted campaign” against UKIP and that this interview will only win UKIP more support… I don’t understand how you can say that. You heard the man himself trying to justify racist and inflammatory remarks – and failing miserably – while O’Brien gave him every chance to rebut any statement he considered false. The fact that he couldn’t should have UKIP supporters looking long and hard at this party and the man leading it.

    • Liam Michael Sewell

      I think we can count the number of people in this thread with enough intellect to think these matters through on one hand, two max, but your voice is a very welcome addition to that group Susie.

  • Liam Michael Sewell
    • Liam Michael Sewell

      No response, interesting. My favourite is the bill which would allow us to put taxation on products which are produced elsewhere in Europe in a manner which would not be legal in the UK, thus giving ( yes giving and not taking away ) more power to the UK and helping our local farmers. That’s right, the EU was giving more power to the UK but some people just couldn’t be arsed to vote on that, even though they are supposed to represent us in Europe. UKiP misrepresents the EU in so many ways and this article is a real eye opener on their lies and their lack of commitment to actually help the country they claim to represent.

  • http://m8software.com/clipboards/spartan/spartan.htm John Turnbull

    Has every single media outlet been bought and paid for? Isn’t that only supposed to happen in communist and fascist states?

  • Leo

    Car crash? What a lot of old toss! Regarding Sir Nigel making negative comments about Romanians, there is a utube where Nigel actually takes on the President of Romania, with his usual aplomb, telling him his policies against the Roma, his own people, were racist and utterly disgraceful. You can look it up. Funny how you don’t get to hear about that from the media. Shame on Obrin..

  • Seantr9

    More bully tactics from media. Enforces my desire to vote UKIP

  • jazz606

    The only thing that was clear about this interview was that the interviewer hated Farage.

  • Mrs Josephine Hyde-Hartley

    Well I’ve listened to this and it wasn’t a car crash for Nigel Farage, i thought. The interviewer was simply too theory laden and wouldn’t let him get a word in edgeways.

    I just don’t know why Nigel Farage is so bothered about the 75% EU law making thing ( which we can read about in some of the UKIP election bumf ). If he had any common sense he’d see it’s the other 25 % that really counts here in the UK, given our wonderfully generous (largely unwritten) and therefore flexible UK constitution. And as Viviene Reding says ( as quoted in the said UKIP election bumf); it’s all down to interpretation.

    Nigel farage should come home please and start working in the real world, UK.

  • forby

    This interviewer is happily destroying DEMOCRACY by saying he isn;t allowed to think like this, when more and more people are joining the DEMOCRATIC PROCESS to vote for UKIP, how are they not allowed to vote for them in a DEMOCRATIC ELECTION. seems that these elite want you to only think left or right. We con;t have a more involved conversation unless they are within the parameters of what they want us to talk about. Seem the interviewer represent ELITE ENGLAND> the most RACIST of all sections of society, but accuses everyone else of being racist.

  • forby

    WHAT sort of question is that. ” how can you say you are not something, if you do not know what it is”….. that is one of the most childish questions. That is like when you are a child and you ask someone are they a Quagglebutt? when now one know what a quagglebutt is. SO this guy interviewing would be the first to say something about Romanians when they move in next to him. This interviewer is nothing but a sanctimonious asshole.

  • forby

    interviewer constantly tell him what his point is. but than anytime he is question he says it isn;t his area of expertise. The interviewer should be a politician.

  • forby

    Funny how they make a big deal about ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WORKING ( ewww people working for their money, very low wages too). I worked for A British Lord ILLEGALLY in France. They knew I was illegal and 3 out of the 4 workers there on their personal property were ILLEGAL. He was a British Lord and our job was to get the CROQUET COURT (YES CROQUET COURT) ready for a party to be held there that Gordon Brown was coming ( a week before he was made Prime Minister) Funny how they pull up ridiculous stuff like that and they never bring it up with them. ONLY THE SMALLER PARTIES GET QUESTIONED because they want only 2 parties. they want to have all debate down to a yes or no response. 2 parties is easier to control the people.

  • Rosie Brown

    People were against Enoch Powell too and he was not racist just a realist like Farage. It ‘s complete crap that UKIP are racist, I wouldn’t vote for him but he stirs things up that NEED to be stirred up.

  • Liam Michael Sewell
    • Hexhamgeezer

      That article has more holes in it than a string vest..

      • Liam Michael Sewell

        Yeah, sure.

    • Liam Michael Sewell

      Really, and I am sure they managed to put those words in Godfrey’s mouth with some kind of modern technology.

  • Chingford Man

    Well, Seb, this post hasn’t gone down well, has it?

    • Liam Michael Sewell

      Not on here but it has been linked to many times on Facebook where people savvy enough to realise what a bunch of ignorant charlatans UKiP are have taken great pleasure in watching Farage showing himself up to also be ignorant of affairs in his own party.

      • Chingford Man

        We’ll see on Sunday night.

        • Liam Michael Sewell

          So let’s get this right then. There are some narrow minded MPs who are anti-gay but UKiP has to go one step further and have someone who thinks they should be shot. One of your founding members is reported to be fed up with the racism and homophobia. You had a guy who made sexist remarks ( sorry, did I say guy, I guess if I did a quick check I could pluralize that ) and added his whole cleaning montage to that. Your leader sits with far right groups in the European Parliament, groups who are not afraid to express out and out racist opinions, and none of this really goes any way to suggesting UKiP have an abhorrent stance which sets them apart from other parties? And if they do get some MEPS again, it will be largely a protest vote. The real measure is a general election and at last count there were zero UKiP MPs in the houses of parliament.

          • Chingford Man

            I don’t care about your opinion but you are useful for toughening up us Kippers. Spit away here if you like. We’re on the verge of a greatest day as a party.

            • Liam Michael Sewell

              Err, quite a lot of fact in there. I think suggesting to shoot poofters does qualify as homophobic. The founding member thing, think that is a fact. Sharing space with far right groups, ah look, fact again. I am sure there is some opinion in there too but it is based on FACT. I know you people seem to think you are being awfully rebellious, toughening you up as you stand firm against the tirade of the masses but it is laughable considering the regressive and reactionary nation of what you support. However, while we are on the subject of kippers, I have a link you might like to read. Eurosceptics are forever bemoaning EU legislation. I remember at work being shown a document provided by the EU about safety with ladders. The caretakers had it. The original EU document was fairly thin. By the time our administration had dealt with it, it was considerably bigger. This story about how Farage, who sat on a committee designed to deal with this kind of thing, did pretty much naff all to help a situation regarding the throwing away of fish, and used it as a moment of opportunism to suggest it was the EU’s fault, when in fact they listened to the views of fishermen via, in this case, a celeb, and changed the legislation. And that, as opposed to fact, is how Farage tends to make blasé statements which amount to untruths as opposed to what I presented you with, which were facts. I dare say I care little about your views either but unlike some members of UKiP who would like to shoot some people and prevent them from expressing themselves, I am not against you expressing them. Here is the link. http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ukip-fish-and-ivory-voting-record.html

  • Bill_der_Berg

    James O’Brien has been given space in the Mail on Sunday to write about the Farage interview. Needless to say, he has discarded the hectoring tone. One of his worries is about
    “the callers who could not in a million years be described as racist or bigoted or bad. They were simply scared. And often rather angry.

    Scared that their homes were going to be overrun by hordes of Bulgarians, scared their children or grandchildren would have no school to go to due to a shortage of places, angry that foreign criminals were not being deported and convinced that ‘faceless bureaucrats’ in Brussels were ruining their lives”.

  • zoid

    i’m intrigued that both the speccie and guido have used identical terminology to describe the interview…is that how cco told you how to spin it?

    i’m not voting nige, but it is clear to even me that there is something rotten afoot, as all parties and media outlets seem to be training their guns on ukip without actually offering any policies of their own with regard to europe apart from slightly fudged ‘we might give you a referendum….when we feel like it and on the terms we decide.’

    seeing even the speccie and guido lining up to give nige a kicking is a worrying sign that there is some troughing going on even in normally reliable quarters.

  • RichardBaranov

    On the Andrew Marr show 4. May 2014 Nigel Farage is asked by
    Marr about Romanians moving in next door (approx. 2.40 min. into the interview)
    and Farage gives almost exactly the same reply as he gave to James O’Brien.

    This is the same James O’Brien who acted as a verbal thug toward Frank Lampard
    and was then forced into a craven climb down.

    Neither Andrew Marr or Ed Miliband pulled Farage up for what he said at the time nor did the remark create a furor because it is factually true. Although, I note, the hypocritical Miliband is seeking to make political hay today out of Nigel’s remark on the O’Brien show. Why didn’t Red Ed take a shot on the Marr show? Because, obviously, he knows there is indeed criminality out of all proportion to their numbers amongst Romanians in England compared with other immigrants.

    This is non-incident manufactured by MSM and the worthless
    establishment. It demonstrates why we need to vote against them, whilst
    pretending to be our ‘betters’ they are cavalier with the truth, have
    principles and a sense of moral value that belong in a cesspit and have no
    decent answer against Nigel Farage or UKIP. By default they descend to the
    gutter where they belong. It repulses me that such people actually think they
    are superior to the people at large and have the right to rule us or tell us
    what to think.

    • Liam Michael Sewell

      In this interview O’Brien asked Farage about a comment he made ( which I don’t think Farage denied ) that he wouldn’t want a bunch of Romanians moving in next door to him. Stating that crime is higher amongst one group than another is one thing. Saying what Farage did suggests he believe they are all the same. That is effectively discrimination.

  • AndrewMelville

    Well I’ve been seeing the headlines for sometime, but now I’ve finally had a chance to hear it. Good grief, what a non event. Just another politician trying to answer the questions of some self important twit who thinks it is clever to badger and ask multiple questions one on top of the other without letting the interviewee answer. It is so tiresome. I don’t want to hear the twit twittering. I want to hear the guest answer the questions and make his points.

    I feel the same regardless of the party involved. So many of the broadcast media really are talentless bores.

    • Titty O’Shea

      Yes, how awful that Nigel Farage, whose party maligns whole sections of humanity, should be put on the spot about his hypocrisy and xenophobia.

      • AndrewMelville

        My point was about shabby little interviewers in general. It was not a defence of Farage.

        That said, the twitterati and you it would appear are content to damn him rather than addressing his quite correct criticism of the EU and uncontrolled mass immigration.

        • Titty O’Shea

          We don’t have uncontrolled immigration. We have some of the most draconian immigration controls in Europe.

          • Bill_der_Berg

            Draconian free movement of labour. Now there’s a thought.

            • Titty O’Shea

              Ah I see, you’re worried about people being free to work where they like in Europe. How very odd you are.

              • Bill_der_Berg

                Wrong again. I was referring to your ignorance of the meaning of ‘draconian’.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  Where have I used it inappropriately?

                  And you ARE In favour of the free movement of labour then?

                • Bill_der_Berg

                  If there is free movement of labour there cannot be draconian immigration controls.

                  And, no, I am not in favour of free movement of labour.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  We have draconian controls on non-European immigration.

                  So you are against British people being able to work in France are you?

                • Liam Michael Sewell

                  This is true and the treatment of many people who came here to claim refuge over the last decade and a half has been appalling at times, particularly when you consider we started the wars from which many of them were fleeing.

                • Sapporo

                  You mean, the wars that LibLabCon pushed our troops into and that only UKIP opposed?

                • Liam Michael Sewell

                  I think you will find that the Greens also opposed the war ( a party which actually has an MP and yet gets nowhere near the exposure as UKiP. They also have policies and sound judgement ). Not sure that the liberals were really for it at that time. It was an alliance of Tony and the cronies he had on his side and the Tories. As far as the Liberals go, I think it was only they and the Greens who would scrap Trident thus freeing up money to be spent where it is really needed on health and education. Trying to reap some money out of all the rich people who gained out of the financial crisis ( the earnings of a small minority of them went up by a figure startlingly similar to that of the increase in the deficit ) but of course UKiP want to give tax breaks to the rich thus yielding less money.

                • Liam Michael Sewell

                  I did reply to this but it seems not to have registered. I think you will find that the Greens ( who actually have an MP despite not being promoted by the BBC with serial QT appearances, and who actually have some policies and sound judgement ) opposed the war. I think you might also find the liberals weren’t so much behind it. Tony Blair had a bunch of cronies who followed him but his own party members opposing him outnumbered them so he looked for support from the Tories ( his true home ). The Greens and the Liberals also oppose the renewal of Trident which would free up cash for health and education. Another way of freeing up cash is with taxation on those who benefited out of the credit crunch. Noticeably a small minority of people increased their personal wealth by about the same amount as the deficit went up during the crisis. Doesn’t that seem odd. Of course, these people are probably in the tax bracket UKiP plans to give a big tax break to. About the only other policy I’ve heard from them ( aside from leaving Europe ) and that too is utterly bonkers.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  Which wars are you talking about? UKIP was a massive irrelevance for many years, being nothing more than that weird party led by Robert Kilroy Silk that was worried about keeping the pound. Now it’s nothing more than that weird party full of fruitcakes, homophobes and racists that is getting inordinate amounts of attention because idiots are voting for them.

                • Bill_der_Berg

                  I doubt if that the so-called draconian controls are more stringent than those of most other nations world-wide.

                  I am all for the French government having a say in who has the right to emigrate to France. In the days before free movement of labour within the EU. I did not feel that my human rights were being violated because I did not have the right to move to France.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  The controls we have on immigration are more stringent than those of many other nations. We do not have uncontrolled immigration.

                  You seem to think free movement of labour = emigration. Not so. What a funny old world you want – back to 1959 eh?

                • Bill_der_Berg

                  Free movement of EU citizens would be more accurate. I have not said that there is uncontrolled immigration.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  So when you picked me up on my response to someone claiming there WAS uncontrolled immigration, you meant something else entirely? I didn’t deny there was free movement of EU citizens, I denied there was uncontrolled immigration. There isn’t uncontrolled immigration.

          • Sapporo

            515,000 came here last year.

            • Titty O’Shea

              So?

              • Sapporo

                So you are wrong.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  No I’m not. You’ve just provided a number. How many of those are Europeans working here? How many of them are migrants from non-EU countries who will have been subject to stringent controls? How many of them are still in the country? How many of them are asylum seekers awaiting decisions? How many of them are asylum seekers who have had decisions and are heading back from where they came? How many of them are asylum seekers who have been given indefinite leave to remain? What is your source for this information?

          • AndrewMelville

            That would explain the massive influx of immigrants into the country.

            I am an immigrant. Some immigration is a very good thing. Mass immigration is a very bad thing.

            • Titty O’Shea

              Ah – someone who wants to pull the drawbridge up behind him. That’s always just peachy to hear.

              • AndrewMelville

                Dear Titty,

                do try to leave medieval times to join us here in the present. That is not what I said and you know it. I repeat for your benefit (since sometimes even the thick can learn through repetition): Some immigration is a very good thing. Mass immigration is a very bad thing.

                love,

                Andrew

                • Titty O’Shea

                  I understood you well enough: you (presumably) benefitted from immigration to the UK but now you want to stop others from doing the same.

                • AndrewMelville

                  Here’s the thing, I was talking about what is good for the UK. You, predictably, took no notice of what is good for the UK. As I said, some immigration is a very good thing. Mass immigration is a very bad thing.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  So YOU were good for the UK but all those who want to come after you are NOT good. You know, I don’t know when you came here but whenever you did, you can be sure there was someone just like you whining on about the evils of “mass immigration”

                • AndrewMelville

                  Oh dear, you must have gone to a comprehensive school. Let’s assume that on an individual basis everyone in the world would add value to Britain. Even so, too many of all those wonderful people would cause our dear green place to sink into the sea. The issue, dear Titty, isn’t the quality of individual immigrants but the quantity. Read this over several times so that the concept can sink in.

                • Titty O’Shea

                  And as I said, when you came over, it’s a sure bet that someone just like you was blethering on, just like you, about how it wasn’t the “quality” but the “quantity”. That you fail to even acknowledge this shows what a hypocritical fuckwit you are who ought to be ashamed of coming out with this xenophobic drivel.

                  And yes, I did go to a comprehensive school (snobbery on your part is duly noted) where I learnt many things including that islands don’t sink into the sea due to the weight of people living on them because they aren’t just floating on the water like dinghies.

                • AndrewMelville

                  You really are a tiresome moron. You completely fail to comprehend let alone engage my argument.

                  It is amusing that you reacted to my comprehensive jibe. I went to one too, fool. A pity your’s didn’t teach you much.

                  You assume that I am an immigrant to the UK. I’m not. Mass immigration is not an issue in the country I live in because it is not overpopulated. Britain is. Which is why MASS immigration is a bad thing there.

                  Try not to bandy meaningless and erroneous labels such as xenophobic around. It’s always best to stick to the topic and to have evidence for wild and rude claims.

  • global city

    Also…. as the ‘fact’ that Farage was rushed away has become part of the attack, it should be noted that O’Brien actually mentions the real fact that the interview had already been shortened to twenty minutes, from the original planned hour……the interview actually lasted three minutes longer than planned.

    None of the commentariat have mentioned this, they just repeat what the first article of the day said about it…… indeed, lazy journalists being exposed time after time after time on this whole UKIP/EU field.

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