A Double Book Review

by Anniel3/13/17
Two Times Nigel Farage  •  The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything / Flying Free  •  Both Available on Kindle [With Current Commentary at Hillsdale College by Mark Steyn]

I hate to admit this, but until the BRexit vote, I knew very little about the EU and any history concerning it. When our eldest son, the Untermensh went to live in Germany and work for an EU Company I just assumed he would like his work, be paid for his services, travel some and enjoy Germany. Most of which I think is true.

When I heard of Nigel Farage his name meant nothing to me. But I did see him team together with the brilliant Mark Steyn in a debate about rape and power held at a Canadian forum that turned into a stunning put-down of two people who tried to trivialize child rape. I had never seen Steyn angry like that before. More about Steyn later.

Both of these Ferage books are autobiographical, so some of the stories are repeats of Farage’s thoughts about his life. To say that by the age of 20, when he had his first headfirst encounter with an automobile and nearly died, that he also was a drunken sot and smoked like the proverbial chimney would be putting things mildly. Over the years he also survived a form of testicular cancer, a private airplane crash, auto accidents and several other drinking related problems.

I began hearing awful things about Farage, so I looked him up on U-tube and enjoyed listening to him and also began cheering BRexit forward. After the Referendum passed I decided to read these two books Farage had written.

To be honest, Farage turned me off completely. I couldn’t stand him as a person, and were it not for Mark Steyn and Donald Trump. I still might think of him as just a gadfly.

Farage’s own father nearly killed himself from his drinking, and Farage has certainly followed in his father’s footsteps, the only difference being that his father had enough sense and willpower to quit and earn the respect of those who worked with him as a market trader.

Nigel himself became a metals trader. Married and had two sons, now grown, before divorcing, remarrying and having three daughters.

He drifted from trading company to new company, earning substantial sums, and spent at least half of every working day sloshed to the gills with his mates.

Farage hated his nation’s loss of freedom under the EU Parliament and decided early on to do something about it. BRexit didn’t just fall off the turnip truck one day. The undertaking to end it required an astounding amount of his energy and time.

Actually, in order to get a referendum on BRexit passed by Parliament in Great Britain would take a majority party or coalition, and the party that Farage joined in order to force such a referendum was called UKIP, for United Kingdom Independence Party.

Farage cultivated backers within UKIP and ran for the House of Commons. After winning a seat as a MP he helped maintain and build UKIP into a power player, and then went on to become a Member of the EU Parliament. The Tories and the Liberal Democrats were the main political powers in Great Britain and the EU actually began subverting Great Britain many years earlier. By the time Farage was eight years old the EU was a fact of life in Great Britain.

Margaret Thatcher almost single-handed held the EU at bay, but her actions were not always appreciated, and it was many years before Farage could see her political role more clearly as he advocated for freedom.

In order to win the BRexit referendum Farage consulted people in the U.S. to learn how to run a modern political campaign. Mostly he consulted Republicans, but also such people as Andrew Breightbart, James Carville, Karl Rove, and others. He learned more modern methods of polling and methods of persuading the undecided. His campaigning was rigorous and he says he enjoys politics because he really likes people.

As an example of the bureaucratic stranglehold the EU has over its members, including the Queen and, well, the whole Royal Family and Prime Minister, I quote the following segment from Flying Free:

We saw just one example in the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001.

We in Britain knew how to handle FMD. After the 1967 outbreak, veterinary advice was clear and unequivocal. Speed was of the essence. Infected animals should be slaughtered at once and buried in situ in quicklime. Had this advice been followed, over 8 billion euros might have been saved and enormous distress averted.

But we were not permitted to follow this advice in our own land. In 1980, the British Government had handed all control of such matters to the EU, whose ridiculous ‘models’ required ‘protection’ and ‘surveillance’ zones and the confirmation of every diagnosis by laboratory testing.

The EU had also passed a directive on the protection of groundwater which forbade farm burials and the use of quicklime.

It took weeks to get qualified majority approval from the Standing Veterinary Committee for any action to be taken. Thanks to further regulations, there were next to no abattoirs left in the country, which had already caused enormous suffering in normal circumstances and now seriously compromised bio-security.

The farmers of Britain just had to wait for the Bureaucrats of Brussels to make up their minds. When at last they received permission to act, they were ordered to slaughter all animals within two miles of the center of the infection (the bureaucrats failed to make it clear which animals they meant), then to transport the carcasses often hundreds of miles to an approved rendering plant, so further spreading infection.

I suspect that the Bureaucratic labyrinth that is the EU today shocked even Ferage as he attempted to understand its seductive power and come to grips with his way forward.

During a commentary by Mark Steyn in a speech given on Nigel Farage at a Hillsdale College Symposium last week, I was interested to hear Steyn’s take on Ferage. He said that Farage drinks prodigious amounts of booze, while also smoking like the proverbial chimney. He always looks sloppy and disorderly, but in the end he was the only one who could push the referendum and BRexit vote through.

I know we would all like our Heroes to be as pure as the wind-driven snow, but when Steyn spoke up about Farage I had to consider, again, who the Lord chooses to aid us in the battle for freedom. It may not be someone totally to our liking. He uses people AS THEY ARE for His own purposes.

Maybe we need to get off our high horses from time-to-time because none of us is perfect.

I just saw Lou Dobbs interviewing Farage about what he thinks of the chances of the EU staying intact in the future. He says there is no hope and the whole EU is in its death throes.

To sum up this review I would like to quote one of Farage’s thoughts on freedom I found to be in the realm of “borders, language and culture.”

. . .The tabloids consistently assert that morality is foundering. It is untrue. People are as loyal, brave and dedicated to their moral duties- to their families, lovers and street gangs- as ever. It’s just that bigger communities and nations have been engulfed in a sea of apologetic gurbledum babble. We are no longer meant to serve our own because we are no longer permitted to identify our own. Morality surely starts out as a simple deal. We are more effective as a team, I won’t kill you or steal from you as you sleep if you will reciprocate. That way we can both sleep. This extends in time to family, village, town, and ultimately, nation. . . But two things are essential to this deal. The link between self interest and pack interest must be clear and the limits of the pack must be clearly defined. There must be an ‘us’ and a ‘them’. . . We identify our pack- family, tribe, club, class, ultimately nation- by common terms of reference (culture), costume, and above all, language. . . With language comes not just identification, but empathy. The cries of a friend cause pain and protectiveness. The cries of an enemy evoke, at best, indifference. To what entity do we belong in a gurdledum world? With whom should we feel empathy? To experience pain with every ant in the grass is to cripple ourselves and so to dilute morality as to render it meaningless. When a child is brought up with no link to a culture or history. . . With no sense that, in serving her community, she is either furthering a cause to which she is committed or advancing herself within a recognizable group, why on earth should she serve?

Why on earth indeed.

I would highly recommend either, or both of these books to anyone who enjoys history and is concerned with our own Bureaucratic nation. Donald Trump and Nigel Farage know each other well.

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Coda: Since listening to Mark Steyn’s problems with CRTV I was distressed to hear him say that he may have to leave the U.S. Evidently the company fraudulently told customers that he “tore up his contract.” Besides refusing to let him in his new studio, or paying the bills, and all but bankrupting him. He said money from his “Feline Groovy” album was all he was living on. People who subscribed to CRTV from all over the world were demanding refunds. But, but, but, earlier today I saw an ad for CRTV and, for the first time there were pictures of both Michelle Malkin and Mark Steyn. I hope they were smart enough to reinstate a better contract for Steyn. But I intend to pray for him anyway. He’s filling in for Rush on Monday, so he may say something then. We can still pray anyway. • (522 views)

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8 Responses to A Double Book Review

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    A couple of corrections.

    1. Nigel Farage was never an MP in the British Parliament. I believe the UKIP has only won a couple of such seats and only in the last election. Farage’s (and the UKIP’s) success has been as a Member of the European Parliament. The UKIP has over 20 such Members.

    2 Farage was a founder of the UKIP. He left the Tories after John Major agreed to most of the Masstricht Treaty. It might be argued that he joined the Anti-Federalist League, but I think it would be accurate to say that when he came on the decision was made to change party name and a new party was formed.

    3. The Tories and Labour Party are the main political powers in Great Britain. Tony Blair who was Prime Minister for about 10 years and worked with George W. Bush in the Gulf War was from Labour. The Liberal Party hasn’t been much of a player since Llyod-George, but they did have something of a comeback in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

    I have admired Farage since I first heard of him. He has been single-minded about his goal of Britain’s withdrawal from the E.U., and worked on it for over two decades.

    My interest is a bit more personal as he and I were in the same business. He handled terminal markets whereas I was in physicals. I visited the London Metals Exchange in Leadhall Street many years ago, before Farage had started working there.

    His smoking and drinking was absolutely usual for the time and place. To get an idea of it, one should watch the old Rumpold series.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I read SteynOnline regularly, so I had already heard about that debate on Muslim immigration and the resulting rapes — which, if I recall correctly, occurred not long after the Rotherham gang rapes were exposed (and maybe after the New Year’s 2016 rape explosion).

    Note that in the election held before the Brexit vote, Farage’s party did well in total voters, but got hardly any seats (sort of like Gary Johnson last year). Farage initially stepped down has UKIP head because he failed to win a seat (and you may have just found out why).

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      The British electoral process is such that the candidate who receives the most votes wins regardless of that number. This has long made it difficult for a third party such as the UKIP to win seats, although the Liberals did manage to pick up a number of seats in the 1990’s.

      Unlike most elections here where if a number of candidates run for a position and none gain a majority there is a runoff between the top two, in the U.K. the candidate with the highest number of votes wins. The so-called “first past the post” system.

      In the last parliamentary election, I believe the UKIP received the third highest no. of votes, but won only one seat. The UKIP also did well in the local elections before that but did not take control of any town counsels.

      • Anniel says:

        Sorry about the MP bit. I was following along with Ferage’s writing, insofar as I could understand him. I admit some of his explanations lost me completely. I asked my son about working in such an entrenched bureaucracy and he said that as long as they were away from Brussels they were fine. But I do find Ferage a very interesting man and he certainly sticks to his guns, no matter what. It’s too bad that the actual cutting of ties with the EU takes so long to happen.

        Sundance from theconservativetreehouse.com, a Trumpbot if there ever was one, wrote a funny article recently where he was sorry to inform his readers that it had been discovered that Trump had been influenced by a foreign national during the election cycle. That the person had been photographed at Trump rallies and on the stand, and the photos did not lie. No one was to panic and he would keep them informed. Then he showed the photos of Trump and Ferage together. After their initial panic, everyone had a good laugh.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          If they had written it carefully, they could have shown a picture of Melania. She’s no longer a foreign national, but she is an immigrant.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I asked my son about working in such an entrenched bureaucracy and he said that as long as they were away from Brussels they were fine.

          My favorite TV series of all time, “Yes, Minister” has an episode which is written around the basic gluttony and wastefulness of the Brussels EU bureaucracy. It is very funny.

  3. Anniel says:

    Steyn has not yet said anything more about the contractual problems he is dealing with. The billionaire running CRTV may have met some of his end of the matter but no one is talking much. If there is anyone who knows that you have to be careful dealing with lawsuits, already filed or potential, it’s Mark Steyn. I have all of his books and just about everything he’s ever recommended, but maybe people really could buy his gift certificates. They’d go well with prayers for him.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    I imagine most readers will already have heard about it, but Prime Minister May today signed the invocation of Article 50, formally starting the Brexit process. Britain will separate from the EU in 2 years — by which time Scotland may have separated from England in hopes of staying in the EU.

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