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Ignore Nigel Farage at your own Peril

The UK Government has dismissed Nigel Farrage's Trump connection as an unneeded nuisance; they should think again

November 15

0:00
2016

London , United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland - 15 Nov 2016 -

As the rhetoric against Nigel Farrage escalates once again, this time the UK establishment should pay very close attention to this firebrand individual who for the forseeable future, will control US-UK Bilateral relations no matter what Whitehall decides to believe.

I am not surprised that the Prime Minister is concerned over the media coverage of Nigel Farage and his supposed closeness to Donald Trump. As various commentators dismiss his relationship with Trump as nothing short of a person seeking celebrity status, to perhaps improve his standing as an after dinner speaker.

Surely the Foreign and Commonwealth Office should be debriefing Nigel Farage for insights into what makes Donald Trump tick. Farage is uniquely qualified being the only British politician who backed President-elect Trump and shared a presidential campaign platform with him. Let’s not forget that on the last day of his campaign Trump said: “It’s going to be Brexit plus, plus, plus.” Now the election is over, the first foreign politician to meet with Trump is none other than Farage.

"The traditional relationship between the British Conservative party and the Republicans has completely broken down."

Donald Trump's new chief strategist Steve Bannon stated that he 'will call Nigel Farage before Theresa May'. Let's not forget that Nigel Farrage became the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since the US election and tried to persuade him to return a bust of Sir Winston Churchill to the Oval Office. Even Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, planned to speak to Mr Farage about Mr Trump before flying to the US. He was subsequently banned by Downing Street from doing so.

The problem for Whitehall is that "Mrs May's team have been quite rude about Trump so there are some fences to be mended. This will undoubtly require a go-between especially if anyone understands how Trump thinks, because frankly, I don't believe that Whitehall does. The reality is that the ruling class must accept that something has changed and it will no longer be business as usual and ministers will be forced to seek Mr Farage’s advice because they have no links to the President-elect’s inner circle even if they don't want it or like it.

Theresa May has no intention of accepting Farage’s kind invitation to act as an intermediary between Number 10 and Donald Trump. said the Prime Minister's spokewoman

Boris Johnson has appararently began backtracking on his tirade against Trump and appealed to European leaders to stop their “collective whinge-o-rama” after the election of Donald Trump as the next American President. Speaking to reporters in Serbia, Mr Johnson said: "I would respectfully say to my beloved European friends and colleagues that it's time that we snapped out of the general doom and gloom about the result of this election and collective 'whinge-o-rama' that seems to be going on in some places."

To be fair to Johnson, three months ago, then a relatively new Foreign Secretary, instructed his officials to do more to forge links with Mr Trump’s campaign, fearing that there was too much expectation in the Foreign Office of a victory for Hilary Clinton.

This was not followed by Sir Kim Darroch who has been accused of not doing enough to develop close links with Mr Trump’s campaign in the build-up to the presidential election.

The Democratic Party was defeated by the most economically neoliberal and internationally neoconservative nominee imaginable. From the victory of Donald Trump, to the Durham Teaching Assistants’ dispute, the lesson needs to be learned. The workers are not the easily ignored and routinely betrayed base, with the liberal bourgeoisie as the swing voters to whom tribute must be paid. The reality is the other way round. The EU referendum ought already to have placed that beyond doubt.

Mrs May spoke to Mr Trump for the first time since his victory – but not until after he had spoken to the leaders of at least nine other nations with Egypt topping the list. Furthermore, Donald Trumps statement made no mention of the ​"Special Relationship"​, instead releasing a nice but muted statement that the president elect had hailed his 'very, very special' bond with Britain.

"Asked about this, the spokeswoman said that when Trump spoke to May last week, Trump said he looked forward to them enjoying the same close relationship that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had". Then she added:  "I don’t remember there being a third person in that relationship."

This should already be taken for what it is, rather than imagining an alternate reality as Whitehall is currently engaging in. I am sure that the special relationship will continue but I am even more sure that the relationship will no longer be based on the old ways and instead will focus on real national interests. I personally believe that the old order of meddling in the affairs of other countries for no purpose other than to pursue an outdated and unecessary colonial agenda are over.

The defeat of the Clintons by a purported opponent of neoliberal economic policy and of neoconservative foreign policy, although time will tell, has also secured the position of Jeremy Corbyn, who is undoubtedly such an opponent. It is also a challenge to Theresa May, to make good her rhetoric about One Nation, about a country that works for everyone, and about being a voice for working people, however she stands to repeat the same mistake of Clinton and take for granted the reality that the world has spoken and decided that the old order is no longer welcome, necessary nor productive; in fact is the likely cause of all the ills facing the world and the time for change has come. Brexit was the first strike-back against this phenomenon of the big banks, the big businesses, effectively owning politics and willfully destroying nation-state democracy at home and across the world. Trump was the second strike, and 2017 is likely to inflict one strike after another until the old established order breaks down into a meaningless soup of rhetoric and rants.

As a word of caution and advice, ignoring Farrage, Brexit and Trump is likely to reinforce more of the same.

 

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