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Nigel Farage for London Mayor?

Updated on September 3, 2018
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With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion

Anti Immigration Poster Touted By Farage

Mr Brexit for London Mayor?

For many people in the U.K. Nigel Farage is many things including Mr Brexit, a political heavyweight, a racist, a bigot, a non-entity and a political opportunist but could he be the next Mayor of London?

Farage and That Anti Immigration Poster

Farage for London Mayor?

The current London Mayor is Labour's Sadiq Khan.

He represents the people of the capital city of England and it is a powerful political position.

The post was previously held by Conservative Boris Johnson and before that Labour’s Ken Livingstone.

As point of fact Mr Livingstone was recently suspended from the Labour Party following allegations of antisemitism and earlier this year as his suspension dragged on, with no easy outcome on the cards, he quit the Labour Party.

These three men highlight the big political figures that have been elected as London Mayor since the role was created in 2000.

It is a huge role and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has now said he is considering standing for London Mayor.

The next election for this Mayor is scheduled for May 7, 2020, so is Nigel Farage seriously throwing his political hat in the mayoral ring or is it just more political posturing, publicity and empty words?

Mass support for Farage4Mayor

This week Nigel announced he is considering running for London Mayor and has claimed to have mass worldwide support, but in reality mainly from the U.S.A.

As any election will be by the British electorate support from citizens of the U.S.A. should be immaterial.

However as a populist in a similar league to Pres. Donald Trump financial backers may have a vested interest in Farage for London Mayor.

Strict election rules limit campaign spending but rules have been broken in the past.

Would Farage Make a Good London Mayor?

London is a proud multi-cultural city and many of its boroughs are traditionally Labour supporting.

However the role of London Mayor tends to cross political boundaries and the best candidate for the job and the ciy of London is the ideal result.

Nigel Farage can talk the talk at times but little else.

Voters in the Capital are not stupid and a majority voted to remain in the E.U.

With that in mind it appears doubtful that Mr Brexit, as he is sometimes called, could be the next London Mayor.

But we are living in strange political times.

If America can elect Donald J Trump as President probably anything is possible sadly.

Scenes like this in the E.U. parliament have won Farage both enemies and supporters

Just Who Is Nigel Farage?

Nigel Paul Farage was born in 1964.

He was educated at a fee paying school before working in the City as a Commodities Trader.

A member of the Conservative Party until 1992 when he quit over party leader John Major’s Maastrict deal with Europe his political roots are right of centre.

A eurosceptic Farage remains on the right-wing of politics though under his leadership many ordinary working people supported Ukip, won over by that party’s anti immigration, anti E.U. stance.

However those who mistake Farage for something other than on the right-wing of politics do so at their peril.

Ironically the name Farage has German links

It is ironic as Nigel has become known as Mr Brexit in recent years, a politician with a single purpose one of the U.K. quitting the European Union, that he has German links.

Campaigning ahead of the U.K. E.U. in or out referendum Farage was at the forefront of anti immigration campaigning as part of the push to leave the E.U.

Jo Cox

Sadly on June 16, 2016, just seven days ahead of the actual vote a far right fanatic murdered female Labour M.P. Jo Cox in her constituency of Batley and Spen.

Petite but feisty Jo Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times in a fatal attack that shocked the nation.

Jo was murdered just six days before she turned 42 and is survived by her husband Brendan and two young children.

The same week Nigel Farage posed in front of a pro leave poster alleging mass immigration was swamping the country.

It was reported to the police as inciting racial hatred.

The timing of the release of the poster coincided with the murder of Jo Cox.

Her murderer Thomas Mair allegedly shouted this is for Britain and keep Britain independent as he brutally attacked her.

Farage campaigned on the country taking back its borders.

Nigel Farage and Ukip

Mr Farage led the United Kingdom Independence Party from 2006 until 2009 when he quit but he returned to lead that party again from 2010 to 2016.

As successive leaders of Ukip failed to stay the course it looked as if Nigel was set to return to British politics again at the helm of Ukip.

However for Farage securing a majority vote to quit the E.U. was mission accomplished.

The party and its twice leader were in truth redundant or that at least was the theory.

Farage and the E.U.

Ironically, again, Farage has never won a seat at Westminster but has to sit in the parliament of the E.U. In Brussels.

The U.Ks longstanding voting system is based on the first past the post principle.

This means a political party may win the most votes across the country as a whole but fail to win a single seat.

The votes in each constituency matter.

They elect a local M.P. to represent the people in the House of Commons and the party with the most elected M.P’s forms the government.

When the U.K. leaves the European Union Farage and other British M.E.Ps, Members of the European Parliament, will be out of a job.

However Mr Farage and his colleagues will receive a big pay out.

Whether Brexit is a success for the U.K. or not Nigel is on to a winner.

Farage on LBC

© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Have you visited?

      By the way I have never visited USA and have no yen to.

      The politics of foreign countries iften baffle us all.

      Like all political systems ours is not perfect but it is all we have for now.

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      bradmasterOCcal 

      2 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Ethel

      I like England, don't care for its politics. Could care less about the Royalty, and more about England losing its heritage as EU culture replaces it.

      Cheers

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I have a Labour MP who is very good. But in my ward we have three Lib Dems. We gave them a good run for their money in the May local council elections though. Council elections are fought on local issues but even so Brexit had an impact.

      We have one or two Tories in council too but our three MPs are all Labour.

      The Lib Dems had started to do OK locally until the comdem years. They are starting to pull some votes back again.

      Terry Geraghty I think you mean? Yes he lost his seat on the council. At age 80 perhaps new blood would have done better

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Brad.

      I live in Yorkshire. However I have friends in London. I think Khan is a good mayor but like all politicians he will not please all.

      I don’t think violence has increased in London because of Khan. Changing times, police cuts, Tory austerity measures etc have all played a part.

      We actually do have the metric system here. I am old enough to remember Pounds Shillings and Pence and also to have voted on EU membership when I was young. I voted against it. But after so many years membership we are entangled.

      We have many laws which benefit ordinary people that have come via the EU. With a government that wants them we can have those same laws if we choose. But will depend who is in power

      For the record I voted Brexit as did my city by a majority.

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      bradmasterOCcal 

      2 weeks ago from Orange County California

      May 3, 2018 at 8:47pm Adam in Stroud likes this

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      Post by AJS on May 3, 2018 at 8:47pm

      "04:00: Well, knock me down with a feather. The Liberal Democrats have gained three seats in Kingston-upon-Hull, taking out Alan Geraghty, who has been a Labour councillor since 1971."

      www.newstatesman.com/politics/elections/2018/05/new-statesman-2018-local-elections-liveblog

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      bradmasterOCcal 

      2 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Is Sadiq a good representative of London, it seems like violence has bloomed since he was mayor. And tell us what Londoners that think being in the EU does for them, and Britain?

      Britain didn't accept much from the EU, they don't use the metric system, they don't use Euro's, so what do they use from the EU?

      del if u wish!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes agreed Liz. Brexit has put an odd spin on our politics. I doubt Farage would be a popular choice for London Mayor but it shows he is still looking for a role in politics imo

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Given that Londoners voted to remain in the EU (if I remember correctly) I don't think Nigel Farage is a good choice for mayor. But then again the previous London mayor, Boris Johnson came out in favour of Leave, although well after being elected as mayor and also after a time sitting on the fence.

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