Brexit Watch’s Jonathan Saxty spoke to the veteran Eurosceptic on Sunday, asking him whether he still had faith in the Conservative government, which Britons elected into power in December 2019 with an 80-seat majority — the largest Conservative government since Margaret Thatcher was re-elected in 1987.
“What Conservative government? How are they conservative?” Mr Farage
“They look like a bunch of
metro-liberals. How can it be Churchill’s statue’s been vandalised, public statues being chucked in the dock in Bristol? The Cenotaph has been desecrated. And the government says nothing,'” the Brexit Party leader said.
The government failed to give a robust defence of Britain’s history when in early summer monuments remained
unguarded and under attack by far-left Antifa and Black Lives Matter demonstrators, Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially only giving a weak defence of Winston Churchill, whose statue was defaced with graffiti calling the wartime prime minister who fought fascism a “racist”.
Rather than unequivocally defending Churchill and his monument, Boris had
said in early June that while Sir Winston had protected Europe “from a fascist and racist tyranny” and deserves commemoration, “he sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable to us today”.
“They have bowed down before the woke agenda,” Mr Farage said on Sunday.
Perhaps the most overt expression of the notionally conservative government’s surrender came the following month when Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that all Home Office staff would be
forced to take courses on the history of race and migration to make the department in charge of border control “more compassionate”.
However, this would not be the first introduction of critical race theory to Britain’s permanent bureaucracy, as author Charles Moore has
revealed that the Civil Service has “explicitly anti-white” doctrines already embedded in it and senior mandarins’ support for Black Lives Matter is certainly not “an idiosyncratic ‘one-off'”.
Mr Farage blamed Johnson, his senior advisor Dominic Cummings, and “perhaps a bit of Michael Gove” for the construction of the Cabinet, which he said is populated with “kids with rich daddies who played with politics at university” and political “lightweights” who will “do as they’re told”.
However, the prime minister himself suggested that his recent wetness on cultural Marxism has been the fault of his advisors, who have been pressuring him to refrain from coming out in any notably conservative way.
When the BLM activists at the BBC had tried to ban the lyrics to “Rule, Britannia!” and “Land of Hope and Glory”, Mr Johnson
responded that while “they” (perhaps his advisors) are “trying to restrain me from saying this”, “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general bought of self-recrimination and wetness.”
Mr Farage warned, however, that one un-conservative facet of Johnson’s political personality could halt efforts to get legal and illegal mass migration under control. Unless
Amnesty Boris does a “personal u-turn and ditches his metropolitan liberal views” on immigration, he may begin to lose the support of Conservative voters, with 97 per cent of them saying that they were concerned about the migrant crisis in the English Channel.
Legal and illegal immigration are running at all-time highs. That doesn’t just damage the government on confidence, it damages the government on trust,” Mr Farage said.
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