Nigel Farage’s ‘populist revolt’ not very popular hear

Nigel Farage is in New Zealand. He claims a populist revolt is going to “sweep the entire western world”. Going by the response to his visit there is not much sweeping going on here.

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Newstalk ZB: Nigel Farage arrives in country, says populist revolt is here to stay

Nigel Farage will be telling New Zealanders tonight that the rise of populist movements won’t be going anywhere fast.

The former British politician, who founded the UKIP group that pushed for the Brexit referendum, is in the country tonight as part of a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Farage says his speech tonight will cover Brexit, Donald Trump, global politics, and – a global revolution.

He told Larry Williams that since 2016 there’s been a populist revolt throughout the Western World.

“Everyone thinks it was a very short term outpouring of anger, they are in for a big shock, because my view is, you haven’t seen nothing yet. This movement is going to sweep the entire western world.”

In the United Kingdom politics and politicians may not have been less popular. UKIP has improved in polls recently, up to 5-7%, but that is comparable to Greens and NZ First here, hard populist revolt levels of support.

Farage’s visit has prompted inevitable protests.

More garble from Gharaman. The anti-populist revolt is unlikely to get very popular with that sort of confused messaging.

Newstalk ZB:  Protests greet attendees at Nigel Farage show

About 50 protestors jeered and booed at attendees, who had to walk a walk a gauntlet of opposition at the only entrance.

Some of those going inside smiled and waved at the protestors, while others kept their heads down, as people yelled “shame” at them.

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman, who attended the protests, says they’re standing with the communities who are under attack by Nigel Farage.

“It’s really important that we stand here and say: we are against race hate, we are against religious division, and we stand with minorities.”

Ghahraman’s ‘we’ don’t stand with the minority that was interested in what Farage had to say.

What was Farage here to talk about? It’s not easy to find much out about it. I have managed to find his website:

This looks as spicy as a wet Weetbix to me.

LANDMARK AUSTRALIA & NZ TOUR

ABOUT NIGEL FARAGE

Nigel Farage is co-founder and long-serving leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). He was the face of BREXIT – the successful campaign to take the UK out of the European Union in the 2016 Referendum, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment.

Farage has been a Member of the European Parliament for South East England since 1999 and co-chairs the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group. He has been noted for his sometimes controversial speeches in the European Parliament and his strong criticism of the euro currency.

Farage has been described as ‘the most important British politician of the last decade” and one of the most influential. Farage has become the great “disruptor” of British and European politics and is widely consulted for his views on the changing nature of western politics.

Sounds like a promotional self description rather than an unbiased assessment.

Ticket prices (for Sydney’s Thursday ‘show’, I presume Auckland was similar)”

  • General Admission $89
  • VIP Meet/Greet $295
  • Backstage Pass $495
  • Private Dinner $995

This is similar to the tickets for the Molyneux and Southern shows (their Auckland one was cancelled).

Farage’s Auckland show was at the Auckland Pullman Hotel. The maximum capacity there is 900 in the Princes Ballroom Theater. It’s hard to imagine a huge number of people being interested.

I doubt he will have much success exciting a populist revolt here in New Zealand. Brexit is of interest to some, but most here will have little interest and probably little idea about Farage’s crusades.

These speaking tours seem to be more about making some money than being realistic revolution rousers.

 

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14 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  September 5, 2018

    After the protests in Chemnitz they have a free rock concert. The theme is “there are more of us than you”. Without reference is something like: “we can’t let these nazis … blah, blah blah” Two goals established just there. Resources (government), media are used to wipe out/ straw man an opposition.
    In NZ the media are controlled by a advertisers and progressives; each with the ability to do a mortal injury to the other. Advertisers rely on immigration but the progressive left could be undermined on political correctness. That’s my theory.
    Something is wrong when Brian Edwards does a complete recant of an article he wrote on Espiner’s compulsory te reo lessons and Mark Richardson says te reo needs to be pushed down our throats. Saving te reo is more important than choice.
    You cannot have a populist backlash if there is no public square/media platform.

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  2. Trevors_elbow

     /  September 5, 2018

    Can you sneer anymore Pete?

    50 people protested… 50!!! Pitiful.

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  3. Pink David

     /  September 5, 2018

    “The 1930s want their vile rhetoric back”

    The amusing thing here is that almost all of Golitz’s rhetoric is 1930’s Marxist claptrap.

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  4. “These speaking tours seem to be more about making some money than being realistic revolution rousers”

    I think that is probably fair comment. And if people want to listen, why not?

    Personally I admire Farage, if only for the look of grey, whey-faced misery he put on the faces of the patronising Eurocrats whenever he spoke, so robustly, in that Mickey Mouse, self-congratulatory, fig-leaf ‘Parliament’ of theirs. And it was only his voice that enabled the British people to have a decision on their own futures. Without him the rampant EU’s oligarchic march to enslave them would have remained a stitched-up deal.

    Like Farage or loathe him, he gave the People a voice. No-one else would.

    As for the populist revolt, I do not think there is much doubt that such is stirring in Western Europe. We here are so insulated from the horrors the ordinary folk up there are facing that we simply cannot possibly feel the way they are beginning to. You can trample the people into the dirt only so long before they decide they have nothing to lose by revolting, as they have already lost almost everything anyway. But it will come here, so we must look and learn.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 5, 2018

    Meanwhile back in the real world the FBI was always gunning to take down Trump, not the Russians:
    http://thefederalist.com/2018/09/04/papadopouloss-court-docs-provide-evidence-russiagate-setup-get-trump/

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  6. sorethumb

     /  September 5, 2018

    v6J#66tWKxr9r^PSVFC*8

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  7. Tipene

     /  September 5, 2018

    I see Gharamen is taking selfies again, if the caricature image above is anything to go by.

    Not one person who had to run the “gauntlet” lashed out or got violent with the protesters.

    That’s called tolerance, Comrade Golritz – real tolerance, not the made-up “I will only tolerate those who agree with me” delusion.

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  8. Gezza

     /  September 5, 2018

    Surely to God the Greens have got someone with more brain cells than Own Goal Golriz they can put up at the next election? Do they have any blokes? 😳

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  9. Missy

     /  September 5, 2018

    This isn’t a good look for Golriz, that she would rather be involved in a student style protest against an elected official of the European Parliament (four time elected at that) than engage in debate and conversation. She looks quite immature and intolerant. Golriz should remember she personally was not elected but got in because she was high enough on the list of a party that selects on race and gender rather than competence, Farage on the other hand was at least elected to his position in the European Parliament.

    I wonder how much Golriz actually knows about Nigel Farage and what he stands for, how many of his speeches has she heard? As she listened as he debates with those that disagree with him? Does she know what his stance on matters really are or has she brought into the new left’s idea that everyone they disagree with is a fascist and everyone who believes in control and sovereignty is racist? This attitude makes the words meaningless, and shows her complete simplistic understanding of everything.

    I am looking forward to listening to Nigel’s show tonight on LBC (1800 BST). It will be interesting to see if he mentions the protest.

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