THATCHER EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Brace yourself for the new Reagan-Thatcher: Donald Trump and Brexit leader Nigel Farage

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

For many cosmopolitan Britons, one of the rare bright spots after the Brexit vote was the supposed disappearance of Nigel Farage from the national spotlight. The then-leader of the hard-right UK Independence Party, who became the inescapable face of the Yes vote to leave Europe, had promised to resign from his post and dedicate himself to a life of activities like fishing.

But no more, it seems. Farage is back and this time on both sides of the Atlantic. He began with an appearance at a Donald Trump rally in Mississippi in August. Then he cropped up in the spin room after the second presidential debate, likening Trump to a “silverback gorilla,” and on election night he chatted away on the BBC as a “Trump advisor.”

Expect to see much more of the oily-tongued former commodities trader in coming months. When asked on Nov.7 if he would take a job in the Trump White House, he suggested himself as a candidate for US ambassador to the EU—though refused to say whether they’d spoken about the matter. Quite how the two men can square their strong anti-immigrant stances with hiring a British citizen for that job, is anyone’s guess.

But he probably has the best relationship with the US president-elect of any British, perhaps European, politician. British members of parliament memorably denounced Trump as a “wazzock” last year, while maverick foreign secretary Boris Johnson quipped, “the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”

Let’s face the horrible truth: Farage is in a prime place to mediate transatlantic relations alongside Donald Trump. Not exactly Reagan-Thatcher, is it?

This post was corrected with Farage’s former occupation.

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