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Standing ovations show Farage is getting it right


I RETURNED home last night from listening to Nigel Farage at the Rainton Arena near Sunderland. I don’t think I’ve been to an event where there have been as many standing ovations, even for the likes of Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, let alone a political meeting that lasted just one hour.

Farage was in fine form; ebullient, ultra-confident, speaking without notes, and working the crowd of around a thousand Reform supporters with gusto from the stage – a man in his element.

He covered education, policing, tax, Net Zero, and of course immigration. He pointed out Sir John Hall, North East property developer and former owner of Newcastle United, sitting in the gallery. Hall has switched allegiance from the Tories to Reform, and done so very publicly. Sir John was cheered and clapped by, in football terms, Hall’s greatest detractors and enemies – Sunderland supporters; in the North East that is nothing short of a miracle. Farage will be walking on water next!

On immigration, Farage noted that the North East has suffered much less than the south of England from the influx of illegal immigrants (asylum seekers in Labour parlance), something us Northerners in this little corner of the upper right hand side of England will find changing very soon with Angela Rayner’s pledge that every borough in the UK will be required to take their ‘fair share’ of asylum seekers under a Labour government.

Nigel also remarked on his following on TikTok, and the way that young people are supporting Reform – as he said, young people want jobs and to feel safe when going out at night, just like the rest of us.

His final remarks were aimed at the former Labour voters who voted for Brexit and for Boris to implement it, and are thinking of reverting to voting for the donkey wearing the red rosette (my words, not his); a vote for Labour is a vote for an MP who doesn’t want Brexit, who will do his or her best to scupper it entirely and take us back into the EU. A vote for the Tories is a vote for Labour, too. I would add one further comment – sitting at home, fed up with the whole political game and not voting is also a vote for Labour, by not opposing them.

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John Hale
John Hale
A semi-retired would-be poet, with a keen interest in politics and a love of the countryside, over 35 years of world-wide business development experience, and most importantly nine grandchildren. His substack, Driving Out the Money Changers, is here.

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