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Farage, Farage against the dying of the light?

Hello again. Election week is here, and the final pushes are underway from all sides. I've covered the three major parties in previous blogs, today let's look at the prospects for the party led by man without whom this decade might have looked very different - Nigel Farage.

As the Brexit saga draws to a close, is this the final electoral moment for Nigel Farage?

Farage now cuts such a divisive figure amongst the British electorate that the days when he could expect an invite to appear on Have I Got News For You? are surely long gone. Having been a founder member of the UK Independence Party in 1993, he led the Party to its greatest electoral successes. In the 2014 European Parliament elections, UKIP secured the first victory in a UK nationwide poll for a Party other than Labour or the Conservatives in over a century. It was undoubtedly this success which led David Cameron to promise to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU in the event of a Conservative victory in the 2015 General Election.


It's rare for any politician to be able to finish their career and be able to claim they have fulfilled their ambitions, but the victory of the Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum arguably entitles Farage to do just that. Job seemingly done, he stood down as UKIP leader three months later, only to see the Brexit saga unfold as the UK's tortuous exit from the EU began. Furthermore, annoyed at what he saw as UKIP's drastic lurch to the far right under Gerard Batten, he left the Party altogether in September 2018. Was this the end of a colourful political career?


Not so. Farage re-emerged in February this year, as the founder and leader of the new Brexit Party. The new Party made an immediate impact, shooting to the top of the opinion polls, and in May, less than three months after forming, it managed to win the largest share of votes in the UK's European Parliament elections. Once again Farage had upset the political establishment. In the wake of the Brexit Party's victory the Conservatives finally lost patience with Theresa May's failing leadership, Boris Johnson taking over as the Tories sought to neutralise the threat from Farage once more.


And the change seems to have worked. Johnson's mantra "Get Brexit Done! [Repeat ad nauseam]", together with his reworked ("oven-ready!") deal with the EU, leaves Farage and his party somewhat struggling for a role. Following the Tories' refusal of an electoral pact, Farage unilaterally stood down Brexit Party candidates in Tory target seats, but the change has only served to marginalise him even further. Is this to be his final hurrah for the man who has shaped British politics more than anyone else in the 21st Century?


We shall see. Love him or loathe him (and everyone does, it seems; there is little indifference when it comes to Nigel Farage), it's hard to imagine UK politics without him just yet.


On the app front, week two is underway and the design of the core game engine is now the focus. Loving every minute of it!


Thanks for the positive feedback I've had on the blog, glad some of you are enjoying it, and welcome to those of you newly signed up. As it's election week I'll drop you in on you again tomorrow.


all the best


Richard



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