Police ‘bombarded’ with complaints after Nigel Farage flouts coronavirus guidelines

Nigel Farage appears in a video ranting about migrants on social media. Photograph: Twitter.

Nigel Farage appears in a video ranting about migrants on social media. Photograph: Twitter. - Credit: Archant

The police have been reportedly 'inundated' with complaints about Nigel Farage breaking lockdown restrictions.

In another YouTube tirade, Brexit Party leader Farage said 'East Sussex Police' had been 'bombarded' with complaints about his recent outing to a beach 100 miles away from his home in Kent, where he filmed a video complaining about migrants at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.

In the video, Farage declared himself a 'key worker' who was carrying out 'broadcasting' duties.

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Lambasting those critical of the move, he said: 'These are Remainers. These are old battles. These are the people who believe in open borders.'

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He added: 'Anybody else that goes out, writes articles, broadcasts, takes pictures... That's fine because they're part of the media. When it's Nigel Farage, it's not fine.

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He continued: 'Amazing. East Sussex Police last week were bombarded by complaints that I'd broken the lockdown. Twitter – full of complaints that I should be taken off Twitter for simply telling the truth.'

Farage continued his diatribe, blaming the mainstream media, in particular the Sunday Times, for what he saw as biased reporting, before moving on to slam the government's coronavirus testing target and advising the UK not to take healthcare workers from countries with 'systems inferior to ours.'

He said: 'And maybe the real moral high ground of this debate is that we should not be taking nurses and doctors from countries who probably have health systems inferior to our.'

He continued: 'Maybe self-sufficiency, and that means not having 80% of our antibodies made in China, means training our own people to work in the health service.'

It comes as a poll revealed Farage's net favourability ratings in recent weeks had dropped to -23 points.

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