Operation ‘Get Nigel Farage’ is politics of the lowest form

Ukip leader Nigel Farage gives a press conference at the party’s 2014 spring conference

There are still 382 days before the Queen dissolves parliament, but Operation Get Farage is revving into action. Splashing allegations that he had a “mistress” across the Daily Mail and BBC news bulletins are being justified in the public interest, of course.

The former Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire exploited the European parliament’s immunity from libel law to throw the revelations to a slavering media pack. Farage was fuelling unemployment, she cheekily suggested, by employing both his wife and “former mistress Annabelle Fuller”, a suggestion passionately contested by Farage and Fuller.
It won’t work, and will almost certainly be counterproductive. Ukip thrives as an anti-establishment party…