Tag Archives: Nigel Farage

Populism Isn’t For Sale Anymore, by Tom Luongo

It’s getting harder and harder to buy off dissent. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

There’s something happening that the unelected oligarchs I like to call The Davos Crowd hate more than anything else. They can’t seem to buy people off anymore.

When we look around the world today at the plethora of popular/populist uprisings both peaceful and unruly we see the same thread running through them at their core.

The people simply don’t believe that the system works for them anymore. Whatever the catalyst was that got them off their couches and into the streets was the proverbial last straw.

And they can’t be bought.

We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of the Gilet Jaunesprotests in France. The original €0.25 tax on diesel fuel died a long time ago. President Macron of France though he could just throw the unruly peasants some scraps, not take their final piece of bread from their tables and that would placate people bereft of not only their future but, more importantly, their dignity.

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Farage’s “Big Ask” May Save Brexit As Johnson Concedes, by Tom Luongo

Nigel Farage may have saved the day for both Brexit and Boris Johnson. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

Nigel Farage is the face of Brexit. From the start of his political career he’s gone for the “Big Ask,” as his friend Donald Trump would put it, get the U.K. out of the European Union.

Everyone in the Western political establishment hates him because of this.

Over the past year he has been prophetic in his analysis of how the Conservatives have maneuvered to betray the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

For more than a week since announcing the Brexit Party’s electoral strategy, Farage has been under enormous pressure from all quarters to stand down many of his candidates and not fight the Tories.

Farage’s initial strategy, contest the whole election, was exactly as I suggested in my last article on Brexit.

It was a high risk, Trumpian “Big Ask.”

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Silicon Valley thinks journalists shouldn’t talk to Nigel Farage, by Brendon O’Neill

Lo to a media organ that gives a platform to any political figure of which Silicon Valley doesn’t approve…like Nigel Farage. From Brendon O’Neill at spiked-online.com:

When Campaign magazine interviewed Farage, social-media bigwigs went crazy.

Is anyone going to comment on the fact that Silicon Valley heavyweights are now reprimanding British magazines for their political coverage? This alarming state of affairs became apparent last week when big players at Google, Twitter and Spotify wrote to Campaign, the UK-based global magazine that covers advertising and marketing, to chastise it for daring to carry a cover story on Nigel Farage. This article ‘was a step in the wrong direction’, the social-media giants decreed in their astonishingly arrogant letter to Campaign. If you needed any further proof that the tech elite has gotten rather too big for its boots, here it was.
It all kicked off when Campaign released its issue that had a photo of Farage on the cover, trailing a profile interview with him inside the magazine. The profile was fairly sympathetic. Campaignacknowledged that, like the best marketing gurus, Farage ‘knows how to get a simple message across with maximum effect’. Clearly, Campaign believes that a successful politician, one whose party used social media and political messaging to good effect in the EU elections in May, is an apt subject matter for a magazine that deals in the issue of changing minds and making a splash. But some of its high-profile readers and advertisers disagreed – in incredibly intemperate tones.

A group called Media For All wrote to Campaign effectively to tell it off for talking to the ‘wrong’ kind of politician – despite the fact that Farage’s party won the EU elections hands down, with more than five million votes. Media For All’s missive – which was signed by the managing director of Twitter, the marketing director of Google, the head of sales at Spotify, and numerous other big-hitting media capitalists – openly said Campaign was ‘wrong’ to publish the feature on Farage. The letter caricatured Farage to a ridiculous degree – it said ‘the playbook he and his political allies have employed… is about hate’. Apparently Farage and the Brexit Party do one ‘simple’ thing – ‘identify people who look different, mobilise anger against them and hold them up as the people everyone else should blame’. And thus it was outrageous for Campaign to talk to him.

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The New EU is Even More Insane than the Old EU, by Tom Luongo

Meet the new boss, even worse than the old boss. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

The new leadership team of the EU is insane. They learned nothing from May’s vote which saw the middle ground occupied by Angela Merkel lose ground.

Euroskeptics doubled their representation while nationalist Greens gained ground as well. The European People’s Party lost significant clout and was forced into unprecedented haggling over the leadership bloc.

Merkel, now having no political future to protect, as her last act of betrayal to Germany engineered the ‘election’ of Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude “When things get tough you have to lie” Juncker as European Commission President.

Von der Leyen is more of a euro-integrationist than Juncker was. It’s clear they circled the wagons knowing that, as Nigel Farage points out in this clip, the EU will look nothing like it does now in five years when her term is up.

Just like the EU today looks nothing like it did in 2014 when Juncker took over.

So, it’s time to go for broke and push for everything before it all falls apart. But the trends are clear. von der Leyen is the past and Nigel Farage is the future of Europe.

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Farage & Gabbard — Lions of the Great Realignment, by Tom Luongo

Nigel Farage and Tulsi Gabbard are emerging as leaders of a movement trying to  wrest control o their own lives away from governments. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

There is a realignment coming in electoral politics. It began with Ron Paul in 2008 and has been building for more than a decade. We know this story well.

That realignment will be about restoring not just national sovereignty but also personal autonomy in a world the rulers of which are desperate to clamp down their control over.

The thing is I don’t think we’ve quite come to terms with the rapidity with which change comes. It builds slowly, simmering below the surface and then one day just explodes into a maelstrom of chaos.

This is where things stand in Britain with the betrayal of Brexit. It is also where things stand with Trump’s daily betrayal of his pledge to end the needless wars and regime change operations.

Tulsi Gabbard will collect a lot of voters sick to death of our foreign policy destroying the lives of millions, draining our spirit and emptying our pockets.

You can see it happening, slowly… and then all at once.

The signs of the chaos as we approach next week’s European Parliamentary elections were there if we were willing to look closely. More often than not, our being distracted or, worse, our normalcy bias keeps us ignorant of what’s happening.

Raising goats I’ve unfortunately witnessed this first hand and in a devastating way. Their entire digestive tracts are simply big fermentation vessels, chocked full of different bacteria working on what they’ve eaten.

When they’re healthy, it’s all good. The good bacteria digests the food, they absorb it and they are vibrant, alert and annoying.

But, if one of those other bacteria begin to get out of control, they can go from healthy to frothing at the mouth and dying overnight.

The goat is the Taoist symbol for ‘strong on the outside, fragile on the inside.’

Our political system is definitely a goat at this point.

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Farage and the Charge of the Brexit Brigade, by Tom Luongo

Nigel Farage has cut to the chase and now heads a party called Brexit, people who want Britain to leave the European Union without all the games, machinations, and bullshit that have been heaped on the process so far. From Tom Lungo at tomluongo.me:

Nigel Farage will be prime minister of England one day. Note I didn’t say the United Kingdom. There are real secessionist movements which the next phase of his quest for Brexit which will likely tear the U.K. apart.

But that’s the future. The present is, however, even more interesting than that.

Farage has rightly navigated the last nine months of the Brexit saga to emerge the front-runner in a complete realignment of British politics after making a mess of things post-referendum.

And there is no more proof needed than the polls released by YouGov this week of people’s voting intentions for next month’s European Parliamentary elections.

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He Said That? 11/15/18

This video is worth watching just for the look on Angela Merkel’s face. From Nigel Farage: