Why is Nigel Farage considered fair game?

If any other party leader’s family was hounded by a mob, there would be talk of a “crisis in democracy”. Not so when it’s Nigel Farage’s. Why is Ukip treated differently?

Nigel Farage calls the people who chased him and his family out of a pub and attacked his car “scum” – and for once there’s broad agreement with him about something. Everyone concurs that it’s not cricket to go after a chap’s wife and kids, although I’d suggest that it would be just as illiberal to physically intimidate the man by himself.
Giving some rationale for the group’s actions, a protest organiser said: “We will not succumb to [Farage’s] prejudice. We will create the world we want to live in. A world beyond Ukip.”

Whether or not the rest of us would want to live in that world is another question. The idea that because X subjectively judges Y to be oppressive means that X has a right to silence Y is, ironically, a very oppressive point of view. Orwell would doubtless quip, “And freedom is slavery, comrade.”

  • Minicapt

    Batons … applied with vigour. If the ‘authorities’ will not properly respond, they are liable for the ‘inexplicable social breakdowns’.


    • Freedom

      Just like the FBI in America , men who can watch evil every day for 3 years and not lift a finger to enforce the law because of the mafia’s power sickens me

  • Dana Garcia

    Liberal propagandists spend their days demonizing persons with traditional values and then claim to be shocked when their efforts have the desired effect of making the target a despised outlier.

  • mobuyus

    Leftist have no respect for any family unless it consists of mascots from a list of favorites.