Nigel Farage probably did not want a Twitter Q&A on a Friday night and he definitely did not organise one – but it happened anyway.
The impromptu session, using the #AskNigelFarage hashtag, continued into Saturday afternoon despite not a single answer being offered by the Ukip leader.
Some of the questions appeared to be genuine, including on local issues and attempting to verify the Eurosceptic party’s claims on the EU’s power over UK law.
Wags soon jumped on the opportunity to have a dig at Ukip policies, before the hashtag veered wildly off track to take in Scottish football, broken televisions and the question of “who would win in a fight between the Queen and Angela Lansbury?”
The fun seems to have been started by an anti-fascism campaigner using the handle @junayad_ at 6pm on Friday.
Mr Farage’s party came under fire last week for its controversial “Ukip Calypso” song released by a supporter, which was sung with a mock Caribbean accent and referenced immigration
But in his weekly column for The Independent, he called it “harmless” and claimed people should be outraged about the grooming and abuse of children in Rotherham instead.
Based on that reaction, he will not have appreciated some of the questions directed at him via #AskNigelFarage.
The many faces of Nigel Farage
The many faces of Nigel Farage
1/11 Thoughtful face
2/11 Concerned face
Sorry Nigel Farage, but the Red Cross want nothing to do with Ukip
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3/11 Aghast face
4/11 Startled face
5/11 Preparing for battle face
6/11 Toad of Toad Hall face
7/11 Faux distressed face
8/11 Pensive face
9/11 Incensed face
10/11 Whatever face
11/11 I've just been egged face
First, the serious tweets.
#asknigelfarage you know these 80% of laws that you say come from the EU? Can you list them? And tell us what you include in the 100%? Ta— Ern Malley (@loveandgarbage) October 24, 2014
What part of your CV (Dulwich College, Stockbroker, MEP) is it that makes you 'outside of the Establishment'? #AskNigelFarage— Ben Allen (@ukbenallen) October 25, 2014
Then, the catty ones.
#AskNigelFarage if you became Prime Minister, would you deport your wife?— Mouth of Sauron (@simon_lindsell) October 24, 2014
As a gay man, how much are you willing to pay me to stop the rain and flooding? #AskNigelFarage— Alan Shore (@FlamingoAlan) October 24, 2014
Does it upset you that McDonalds call them "French" Fries? #AskNigelFarage— Daley (@DaleyAFC) October 24, 2014
#asknigelfarage we have enough useless, arrogant, selfish, out of touch politicians, so what makes you think we have room for you?— W (@WWarped) October 24, 2014
And these are just weird.
#AskNigelFarage If you were an adult movie star, what would your on-screen name be?— Yack Magazine (@YackMagazine) October 25, 2014
Have you ever taken someone's baked Alaska out of the fridge without telling them? #AskNigelFarage— Phil Verney (@philverney) October 24, 2014
#AskNigelFarage 'Waterloo, I was defeated you won the war'. Critique please.— Helên Thomas (@HelenDThomas1) October 24, 2014
#AskNigelFarage my tv remote broke yesterday by accident, why have the romanian homosexuals done this to me?— Joshua Kiernan (@JkeyBRFC) October 24, 2014