I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Farage this past summer in Washington. I found him to be as passionate, straight forward, self effacing, and as generally good natured as his “official” persona. Not always a given with politicians. He called for the UK’s exit from the European Union. He emphasized the importance for the United States that Britain reassert its sovereignty and the need for the UK to look to the US not across the Channel. He warned of a federal Europe dominated by Germany. Something, he all too correctly points out, many many Britons died to keep from happening.
But perhaps most controversially he has questioned the wisdom of unrestricted immigration into Britain. An issue we will let the Britons figure out for themselves.
These positions make Mr. Farage quite unpopular in some circles.
When emergency services arrived to assist Mr. Farage, he was told by a police officer his wheel nuts had been deliberately unscrewed, suggesting the intention was to kill the UKIP leader by causing him to lose control while at high speed. Mr. Farage remarked that while police officers were used to single wheel nuts working themselves free without being noticed, for all four to do so at the same time was unheard of.
Mr. Farage would not be drawn on a likely culprit: “I haven’t got a clue. Quite frankly, the way my life’s been over the past two-and-a-half years, nothing surprises me”.