Nigel Farage loses his cool on LBC when asked about Brexit Party democracy
PUBLISHED: 14:05 17 July 2019 | UPDATED: 18:26 18 July 2019
Nigel Farage seemed in a hurry to end the call of an LBC listener who pinned him down on his bluster about the legitimacy of political leaders.
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Luke Shaw from Worcester, calling into Farage's regular show, took the Brexit Party leader to task by asking him to apologise for calling the EU 'undemocratic'. "Today you voted on the EU Commission president," he pointed out.
Immediately Farage started yelling into the mic. "We only had a choice of one candidate Luke! You call that democracy, a choice of one candidate?"
But Luke, who is a prospective parliamentary candidate for the Renew Party, pressed on with a killer question: "Can I ask you who voted you in as the Brexit Party leader? How many votes were cast for you to be leader of the Brexit Party?"
Farage said: "Well I founded it," although the party was formally registered as a company by Catherine Blaiklock, who later stood down when her racist comments emerged on social media.
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Farage didn't have an answer when Luke asked him how party members could remove him as leader if necessary.
"That sounds undemocratic to me, and almost like a dictatorship," said Luke calmly.
"I have said the EU is fundamentally undemocratic, I will not apologise for that," said Farage, doubling down on his stance.
"But you took part in a democratic vote today," said Luke, referring to the vote for EU Commission president.
"If you think a choice of one is a democratic vote then you belong back in Soviet times," said Farage, before ending the call.
Farage is fond of making outlandish comparisons to communist states, having accused Ursula von der Leyen of wanting to impose an "updated form of communism" in response to her broadly social-democratic pitch to voting MEPs.
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The issue of there being only one nominee on the MEPs' ballot paper for election has come under scrutiny from both eurosceptic and Remain MEPs alike in the new parliament. The commission's nominee for president is voted for by the European Council, which is made up of heads of member states. This nominee is then voted for by MEPs.
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