Thankfully, many in Europe – not least the European Parliament – will have stopped listening to Nigel Farage a long time ago. The Ukip leader, no stranger to attempting to infuriate his MEP colleagues, has been winding them up again. In this morning’s session, he gloated:
‘You all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?’
But Farage didn’t stop there, telling those around him:
‘I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or ever created a job, but listen’
It was clear from the huge smile across Farage’s face during the proceedings that he was having a whale of the time mocking his fellow MEPs. But whilst the Ukip leader’s speech might make entertaining TV, Farage’s monologue is entirely self-serving. It’s crucial that post-Brexit Britain isn’t portrayed as having hauled up the drawbridge and sticking up two fingers at the continent. Too much of the coverage abroad is painting the decision that way and if people overseas watch Farage’s speech it’ll become harder to dispel that notion. Brexit wasn’t a victory for ‘Little Britain’. But Farage is doing his best to make it look that way.