I listened with amusement to a BBC interview this morning with UKIP leader Nigel Farage following the news that he had hung up during a telephone interview yesterday with David Miller, BBC Scotland's environment and transport correspondent for the BBC radio show ‘Good Morning Scotland’.
Just by way of background, yesterday UKIP leader Farage faced a hostile crowd during a campaigning visit to Edinburgh. He took refuge in Canons’ Gait pub in the city’s historic old town, and had to be escorted into a police van as protestors chanted ‘scum, scum, scum’.
Farage was in Edinburgh to launch his party’s Scottish campaign following recent electoral gains in England. Police said two men had been arrested following the protest. Farage told the BBC he had never had a reaction like this before.
James Cook, Scotland Correspondent tweeted: “Nigel Farage hangs up on @bbcgms saying he senses ‘hatred’ in questions about UKIP’s understanding of Scots politics.” Farage told ‘Good Morning Scotland’ yesterday’s protest against him on the Royal Mile proves that parts of Scottish nationalism are akin to fascism.
Then today he told BBC Radio 4 he was surrounded by 50 ‘yobs’ yesterday saying: “if this is the face of Scottish nationalism, it’s pretty ugly.” The words ‘frying pan’ and ‘fire’ spring to mind.
I don’t know how well-oiled UKIP’s PR machine is, but Farage has jut thrown a massive spanner in the works there. Whatever he may think of the Scots, this kind of outburst is bound to horrify UKIP supporters, let alone the wider UK electorate.
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