Today, former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage is letting anyone who is interested know that he does not have a care in the world. Strutting around Lord’s Cricket Ground in an unfeasibly ridiculous looking hat, and making small talk with political soulmate Jacob Rees Mogg, Nige doesn’t care what all those rotten lefties say about him. And nor, it seems, does he really care about the future of his country.
Squeaky Stateside sellout finger up the bum time
Before heading in the general direction of St John’s Wood, he had made sure to Retweet another Barking missive from the Arron Banks site Westmonster, with its vaguely fascistic logo, which told “BREAKING: Trump expects US-UK trade deal to be done "very quickly", confirms he will come to London … Great news for Brexit Britain!”
The ruling class at play
What, then, was this about? “President Trump has confirmed that he expects a UK trade deal to be completed ‘very, very quickly’ … He’s also confirmed a visit to London is on the cards … Trump has long been known to favour a strong relationship with the UK and the ability for a strengthened UK-US relationship is now possible with Brexit Britain free to negotiate global trade deals”. Any more over-optimistic drivel to peddle?
There certainly was: “There’s a whole world of opportunity out there and with Barack ‘Back of the Queue’ Obama out of the way, the special relationship can be great once again”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, what Trump says in an off-the-cuff remark, and what actually happens, are two very different things.
And two, whatever the opportunities “out there”, what Westmonster calls “Brexit Britain” has not yet left the EU, and so is not free to negotiate anything. But we get the gist: Mr Thirsty is keen as mustard (that’s the traditional English kind, not the dastardly French or German sort) on Britain, as soon as it can, doing a trade deal with the USA “very, very quickly”. But, as so often, Farage is good at shooting off his North and South, but not good at all at thinking through the consequences for ordinary Brits.
Free Trade Agreements take years to put together, even for the EU, which retains teams of experienced negotiators for that very purpose. The deals clinched recently with Canada and Japan did not just happen. Moreover, as the highly sound Adam Bienkov at Business Insider has pointed out, “If a deal with Trump really is done “'very very quickly’ it will mean the UK has completely capitulated to US demands”.
So when Trump blusters “No country could possibly be closer than our countries … We have been working on a trade deal which will be a very, very big deal a very powerful deal, great for both countries and I think we will have that done very, very quickly”, he’s not only recycling his vacuous salesman-speak, he’s also welcoming us to a potential future where we swap a club where we have a voice for a relationship where we do as we’re told.
Worryingly, the current Government has ministers, like disgraced former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who would be more than willing to roll over and do what they are told by another country, providing that country is the USA. And Farage is now cheering that idea on.
Nigel Farage, far from being a Man Of The People, is a posh insider who cares only about securing More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now. The ordinary Brit can go hang. Post-Brexit grovelling to the USA won’t hurt him. And he doesn’t care about you.