Remember the days when politics took it slow? Remember when every political party wasn’t in upheaval? Nigel Farage adds his resignation to the pile, and here’s what it could mean.
Last week we thought it was all over and the news cycle could settle into a few weeks of leadership contests. We thought we’d found a new equilibrium.
Turns out politics was just taking a break, because Monday saw the resignation of Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, prominent Leave campaigner and 1930s enthusiast.
Now is as good a time as any to remind you that NUBI were right and saw this coming a year ago. We are your new prophet and god.
“A ‘No’ vote could also have another consequence: the departure of Nigel Farage from the Party.” – NUBI, predicting the future in 2015.
It makes sense. He’s expended all his energy to get Britain out of the EU, and now he’s got the result he wanted he’s leaving it to someone else to deal with post-Brexit Britain – a popular strategy right now.
Whether those other predictions we made will come true remains to be seen. On the one hand, some members don’t exactly get on. Farage mentioned “burying the hatchet”, and UKIP’s only MP Douglas Carswell’s response was a smiling emoji…with sunglasses.
— Douglas Carswell MP (@DouglasCarswell) July 4, 2016
That suggests the party could succumb to infighting like Labour is currently experiencing.
On the other, there’s a void in politics waiting to be occupied. Corbyn’s Labour looked set to make it back into the hearts of hard done by working-class voters, but they’re currently embroiled in a leadership challenge.
If Corbyn remains there might be a chance (if he can assemble a party), but if it reverts to middle-class New Labour there’s a risk UKIP will pick up the vote of the disaffected.
Or it could all be another massive troll: Farage resigned before after the 2015 General and decided to cut his holiday short. He could be pulling the same trick again, waiting until his Party calls out for its Glorious Leader again. In the meantime, he’s still got a couple years left to insult the European Parliament’s employment history on taxpayer money.