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Listen: Nigel Farage snaps at ‘condescending’ Nick Robinson

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Nigel Farage blasted Nick Robinson for his ‘condescending tone’ during a fiery interview on the Today programme. The BBC host asked the former Ukip leader whether he was planning a political comeback following his run-in with Coutts bank. But Farage lashed out at Robinson, telling him he was ‘sick to death’ of his line of questioning:

‘I’m really not going to have this. I am sick to death of your condescending tone. No, no actually you weren’t. What you should say to people is, “you’re the only person in British history who has won two national elections leading two different parties.” Let’s try that for size shall we.’

Farage was referring to his successes in European elections in 2019, with the Brexit party, and 2014, when Ukip won 24 seats: the first time a party other than Labour or Conservative had won the largest number of seats in a national election for over 100 years. But Robinson instead focused on Farage’s failure to make it into the Commons. He asked Farage:

‘Pretty much whatever you do there are people saying: “I know what this is about, he wants to get back into politics”. I know you’ve run seven times and lost seven times…’

This morning’s interview came hours after NatWest boss Dame Alison Rose resigned over her handling of the Farage ‘debanking’ scandal. Rose had previously confessed to being the source of an inaccurate briefing to the BBC about Farage’s Coutts account.

Farage might be forgiven for not liking the BBC over its conduct in this story – now, it seems, Robinson has just given him another reason to dislike the Beeb…

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