Whatever you do, don’t mention the deficit near Nigel Farage.
Come to think of it, don’t mention any number at all.
The Ukip leader had a tough time during the televised seven-way leaders’ debate on Thursday. Not just because he decided to bring up his old favourite argument about immigrants with HIV moving to the UK to get treatment on the NHS (a claim Leanne Wood said he should be “ashamed” for stating). But also because he appeared to malfunction midway through the heated contest when the subject of Britain’s insurmountable debt came up.
And it didn’t go unnoticed by the viewers at home, some of whom speculated that his circuit boards might have been held in place with a skin of wax, which appeared to be melting under the studio lights:
sometimes I wonder if Nigel Farage is a robot with preset phrases cos he just says the same things again and againsilver wall (@whitegoldendust) April 2, 2015
Nigel Farage is actually a wax-work steam-powered robot - he's literally melting infront of us! #leadersdebateChris Long (@ChrisAdamLong) April 2, 2015
Nigel Farage's robot dance could do with some more practice when he is speaking on the #itvleadersdebateGio © (@wizzbomb) April 2, 2015
Still, not being entirely human stop Farage being the leader who attracted the most mentions on Twitter:
Or from Gary Linekar likening him to something very human indeed:
Always reluctant to offer a political view, but Farage is a dick!Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 2, 2015