BREX FACTOR: TV presenter crowned Brexiteer of the Week
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2019
STEVE ANGLESEY takes you through his top four Brexiteers of the week.
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4) GODFREY BLOOM
UKIP's disastrous European elections campaign continues to amuse and delight, and one sign of the party's desperation, as 2014 voters flock to the Brexit Party, is the way it has mobilised former MEP and Nigel Farage flatmate Godfrey Bloom to support Mike Hookem's flagging campaign in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Last Tuesday, Hookem took to Twitter to trail a game-changing video in which, he promised: "UKIP legend Godfrey Bloom explains why he is going to stay loyal to UKIP, shun his friend Nigel Farage and VOTE for UKIP in the European Elections in 2019."
So what stirring message did Bloom, who left UKIP in 2013 after objecting that foreign aid was going to "bongo-bongo land", have for the faithful? Reminding them that there were now two parties in favour of a no-deal Brexit, he said: "In my view it doesn't matter a great deal which one you vote for as they're both Brexit and your vote will count because it's proportional representation." Could this be the worst endorsement of all time?
3) MIKE GREENE
The Brexit Party's candidate in the upcoming Peterborough by-election, Greene is a local businessman who famously appeared on Channel 4's Secret Millionaire and wrote a book called Failure Breeds Success.
How he must be hoping that title is a sign of things to come after a disastrous appearance on Radio 4's Today programme in which he ventured that after leaving the EU "we'll have more control about what we do in education, what we do for child poverty, how we spend the money that's going to the EU at the moment".
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Then Greene was asked by interviewer Ross Hawkins: "So which bit of European law or administration or bureaucracy is stopping us from doing something you specifically would like to do to address problems in education and child poverty?"
There followed a looooong three-second pause before Greene stammered: "I-I-I haven't gone into the detail of legal, specific laws."
2) SAM ALLARDYCE
The man who was so appalled by having to take England to play in Europe that he resigned after a single match against Slovakia has come out as a Brexiteer. Big Sam told the Jeremy Vine show that while he was not planning to vote in the European elections because of his frustrations over still being in the EU, "Nigel Farage I quite like. He's always been a forthright, forward-speaking intelligent man. He's more a businessman than a politician. He might encourage me."
While on Middle East station beIn Sport back in March, Allardyce ranted about foreign managers, saying: "We're sucked into the fact that they all do better than we do, they all bring their kids up better than we do, they all play football better than we do. Everybody goes on about it." Yeah, apart from the best Premier League title race ever and four domestic clubs in the final of the major European club competitions, what have foreign managers ever done for us?
1) PIERS MORGAN
After tweeting "Nigel Farage looking & sounding like a leader on #Marr", the GMTV host and former newspaper editor was taken to task by Reece Dinsdale, perhaps best known for playing John Thaw's son in a 1980s sitcom. "If you can't tell the difference between 'looking & sounding like a leader' rather than faux indignation & empty bluster... then your opinion is worthless to me," he wrote.
"This may explain why you haven't had any lead roles for years," shot back Piers, to which Dinsdale replied: "Oh dear! If you'd done your homework, you'd see that I've been directing television drama, one of which last year won an RTS Award, beating two other nominated programmes in the category... your morning show being one of them."
Talk about things coming home to roost...
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