Guest essay by Eric Worrall
President-elect Trump has piled pressure on the British political establishment, which almost universally backed Clinton, by suggesting Climate Skeptic UKIP leader Nigel Farage should be Britain’s Ambassador to the USA.
Trump: Farage Would do ‘Great Job’ As UK Ambassador to USA
President-elect Donald J. Trump has ostensibly thrown his support behind the idea of UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage becoming the British Ambassador to the United States in a tweet issued late on Monday night.
The next president of the United States issued the statement, unprompted, via his Twitter feed, stating that the idea was popular amongst “many people” in a move that is sure to set the British political establishment into a further tailspin.
Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
Nigel Farage has spent most of his political career thumbing his nose at establishment politicians, tirelessly campaigning against the encroaching green tyranny of the neo-Soviet European Union. Farage was the driving force behind the successful Brexit campaign. Farage has survived a nasty plane crash, a suspicious car accident, and who knows what else. Farage also spoke up for Trump, shared a stage with Trump, when establishment European politicians were almost universally cozying up to the Clinton campaign.
British establishment politicians are on the horns of a dilemma. If they ignore Trump’s request, well thats not a great way to start a relationship with the new President, a relationship which is already on shaky ground thanks to their insulting behaviour during the Presidential campaign. But if the British government appoints Farage as their new ambassador, for some in Britain it will be an intolerable elevation of a maverick who has spent years poking their self serving complacency with a sharp stick.
I once had the privilege of spending 20 minutes one on one with Farage, at the London launch of James Delingpole’s book Watermelons. Farage is the same in person as he is in public, he simply doesn’t give a stuff about playing by the usual rules of politics – like someone else we all know.
Update (EW): Nigel Farage responds – I am prepared to help Britain work with President Trump
Update (EW): Britain responds – ‘No vacancy’ for Farage as ambassador