Despite the fact it was catastrophic, Nigel Farage was among the first to praise Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget, declaring it “the best Conservative budget since 1986”.
That Farage has lost touch with voters – if not also reality – is borne out by the latest accounts from his Reform UK Party, which show it lost £820,000 last year, with total losses now standing at £849,456. Donations are down, too. They amounted to £204,919 in 2021, £1.8m down from the £2,067,000 received in 2020.
On the private side, Farage’s Thorn in the Side outfit is sitting on a cash pile of £666,529 as of May 2021. He launched his own brand of gin earlier this year, co-owned with old flame Laure Ferrari, according to filings at the Intellectual Property Office. No distiller will confess to making the spirit.