Nigel Farage is just misunderstood, or so he claims in his latest response to Frankie Boyle.
The clash began as a heated 'discussion' on the alleged left-wing bias of comedians as apparently seen on shows such as Mock The Week.
“I see Frankie Boyle completely misunderstood me,” tweeted Farage yesterday. “Have a laugh, sure, but persistent bias is a great shame. Thoughts?”
He later posted another seeming dig at Boyle, sharing a BBC link about Ukip calling for Syrian refugees to be allowed into the UK.
“It'd be great if 'comedians' understood our immigration policy and approach to refugees, before commenting.”
The two have been embroiled in a row since last week, which started on Twitter over a spat between Mock the Week presenter Dara Ó Briain and right-wing comic Andrew Lawrence, culminating in both Farage and Boyle writing dedicated columns on the subject.
In a piece written for The Independent, the Ukip leader wrote:
“One week I’m Hitler’s buddy, then next week the Tower of London’s Poppy Memorial is hailed as 'Ukip-style' attraction in the Guardian. Well – which is it? Am I pro-freedom, or anti-freedom? Am I a modern Hitler or a modern Churchill?”
Yesterday, in a column for the Guardian, Boyle sought to answer his question, suggesting that Ukip is the second coming of Nazis “without the style”.
“Well Nigel, you seem to be pro-freedom for big business and rich people, anti-freedom for immigrants, asylum seekers, gay people and other marginalised groups,” he wrote.
“Does that also answer the second question or shall I go on? You ask if you’re a Hitler or a Churchill. Well, your party forms pacts with right-wing Holocaust deniers.
“The poppy memorial was described as 'Ukip-style' not because your party is imbued with the same Churchillian values as the poppy, but because the stunt itself was viewed as the sort of crass politicisation of patriotism that your party is so fond of.”
The row originally started when Ó Briain called Lawrence “bitter” and “self-delusional” for criticising panel shows including Mock The Week for its alleged “liberal back-slapping”, arguing that such programmes feature “ageing, balding, fat men, ethnic comedians and women-posing-as-comedians” making jokes at the expense of Ukip and Farage.
Naturally, Farage sided with Lawrence, praising him for his honesty on Twitter.
Boyle responded, posting: “There are a lot of honest people in comedy, which is why they keep calling you a c**t.”
The Ukip leader wrote: “Probably the funniest thing I've ever heard you say,” to which Boyle retorted: “You didn't hear me say it you daft b*stard.”
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