The interim UKIP leader has received death threats and just last week was confronted during a night out. The revelation came as the 52-year-old Brexiteer refused to rule out backing fascist National Front leader Marine Le Pen for the French presidency.
In his most explosive interview to date, the controversial MEP said he was “on the fence” over whether far-Right Eurosceptic Le Pen’s election was a price worth paying to bring down the EU, saying: “If she wins, it’s over.” Revealing he had been threatened with a glass on Thursday night, he said: “I’ve got no life – I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere. Certainly I would not go out in London of an evening on my own without security – couldn’t even think about it. I can’t even walk down the street without it. I have to go to private places, private venues.
“The thought of doing a Friday night pub crawl around Westminster – I just can’t do it anymore. ” I’ve got no life – I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere. The father of four, whose family was chased out of a pub and had their car attacked by protesters last year, said the “aggro” had become worse since Trump’s victory. He added: “It might diminish, it might not. The America dimension changed everything. It’s been so full-on, unbelievable really.”
Farage announced his retirement the day after Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23 amid claims he quit over fears he would be assassinated. It emerged would-be attackers had been caught trying to smuggle knives into his campaign rallies on at last two occasions. He had planned to get his life back “watch more cricket, do more fishing and see more of the kids” until a chance encounter with Trump’s team at a Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, resulted in him becoming the first British politician to congratulate Trump in person after his victory on November 9.
The pair are now so close that on Monday, the President-elect tweeted that Farage would “do a great job” as British ambassador to the US, prompting anger from Downing Street who said there was “no vacancy”. Number 10 has repeatedly resisted calls to use Farage as a conduit to the White House, dismissing him as “an irrelevance”. At a party to celebrate Brexit at the Ritz on Wednesday night, the former city banker warned that 2017 could be even more politically explosive than 2016.
Asked what he meant, he said of the French elections: “If Le Pen wins, it is the end of the EU.” He added: “I know her. She’s very determined, brilliant on TV. I mean absolutely brilliant. “When you watch her making her argument and you can see her getting into it she is really good at it.
There’s lots of baggage and that’s the problem.”Although he is backing “utterly respectable Eurosceptic” Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, of France Arise, in the first round, he refused to rule out backing Le Pen in the later stages of the presidential race, despite many viewing her party as racist.
He said: “It depends what the circumstances are, you’ll have to ask me in April. I have never said a bad word about her but I have never said a good word about her party and that’s where I am with this – it’s slightly awkward.
”Equally inconvenient have been some extremist views expressed by his fellow “outsider” across the pond, who has been vilified for his sexist remarks and policies including a ban on all Muslims coming to America and building a wall to keep out Mexicans. “Well, building walls is entirely sensible,” he said. “We don’t need to do it. We have got the English Channel.”
On the ban on Muslims, he said Trump had amended his statement to say there should be “extreme vetting”. Farage said: “He doesn’t want terrorists moving to America. It’s quite sensible really.” But he denies such sentiments are racist, arguing that “no one did more singlehandedly to smash the BNP in Britain than me”.
He said: “I took a conscious decision in 2011 to reach out to BNP voters to say, look if you’re voting because you are not happy with what is happening in your community, with your salary etc but you don’t agree with their ideology, you are doing it holding your nose, come and vote for us. “Almost overnight we took a third of their votes.”
Believing Trump could become a “hero” if he helps “blue collar America” he added: “If you take away people’s identity and their ability through the ballot box to determine their future, don’t be surprised if they turn to extremes or violence or anything else. “We’ve been very lucky to have UKIP in the UK. If we hadn’t been here, the BNP would be doing very well.
“The EU is going to have bigger problems than us. If Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. There will be considerable public anger.” Farage, who admits he is becoming increasingly nervous about whether Theresa May will be able to deliver Brexit, also agrees with Trump on foreign policy, saying we should not be provoking Russian President Vladimir Putin but “talking to him and recognising that on the fight against Islamic terrorism, we’re on the same side”.
And Farage believes Britain could provide valuable support to America in arguing that other countries must cough up their two per cent NATO membership fee. “There are lots of reasons why this relationship is potentially great for us and good for them too.
“The potential for a post-Brexit Britain to build a strong relationship with the US isn’t just good for us economically or for our businesses, it’s massively helpful in terms of renegotiation in Brussels, it’s a big message to the British public – don’t listen to all these Remoaners, here. “We are forging great links with the great world outside the EU.”
Describing Trump as “very loyal” Farage revealed how he was one of just one of three supporters willing to speak up for the Apprentice star after a tape was released in which he bragged about molesting women. “We went back to St Louis for the debate which was a low point for him after that tape – everyone was running for the hills. “He finished up virtually as an independent because all the upper echelons of the Republican party just turned their backs on him.”
Saying Trump has “faith in me” he added: “The logical thing is that I would help UK Plc and to use my contacts to try and pour a little oil on troubled waters of what was said during the course of the campaign and to move things on to a positive footing. “Look, if they don’t want me and they won’t use me, then there is nothing I can do but I think they are starting to look rather silly.
“All I want is to be helpful and constructive and all that Downing Street can do is to throw sand in my eyes. “All that matters to them is the Conservative Party – the country can starve. It is tribal politics at its worst.” But Farage insists he would still love to play some kind of formal or informal role as a link between the two countries. He said: “Don’t forget most of the Cabinet – and the senior bosses that run Downing Street – have said abusive things about Trump. “Unnecessarily abusive things. Some fences need to be mended.”
So what’s next? Farage plans to write a book next year, but until then he has been inundated with public speaking and media requests from around the world. “Getting the country back was my first priority but there are still lots of things I want to campaign for such as getting back our territorial fishing waters.
”THE FREE WORLD COMMENT: The Free World does not in any way condone physical violence or law breaking of any kind to further any cause. We are the last organisation to come to the defence of Farage, but this is simply just wrong.
Farage could help himself though, but does not seem to want to. The irony is there to be seen, he courts the thugs of the Fascist BNP voters in 2011 and the far right Le Pen now, but then complains he is being targeted. We still call for his arrest over the ‘civil unrest’ veiled threats and consider him to have committed treason. He maybe one of the most contemptible men on the planet, but that does not mean anyone should take the law into their own hands.