Nigel Farage, a man who is not even an elected Member of Parliament, has emerged as a key figure in post-Brexit era and played a significant role in the resignation of the Prime Minister.
Farage, who resigned for about a week after failing to win a seat in 2015, is a man with huge popular support, even if the 17 million votes for Brexit were not all endoresements of him or his policies.
The UKIP leader has become a huge figure in British politics with regular appearances on TV, particularly Question Time and a man generally given disproportinate airtime which has undoubtedly helped him rise to prominence.
His appeal is a lot to do with the believe that he is not a member of the UK elite and that he can relate to ordinary British voters who are fed up with Westminster and done with Brussels.
Farage tapped into this anti-immigrant, anti-establishment sentiment in the aftermath of the financial crash and off of the back of the collapse of the British National Party which made UKIP the protest party, helping them secure a huge 3.88 million votes in May 2015.
Yet the whole anti-establishment image he gives off is a complete illusion.
Farage is cut from exactly the same cloth as other Westminster elites, he just photographs better with a pint and a cigarette.
This is a man who attended the elite public school Dulwich College (day school fees of £18,000 and boarding fees of £36,000 per annum) and came from a stokebroking family, deciding not to attend university but to work in the city as a broker himself.
Whilst it’s not wrong for someone to attend an elite school, work in the city or get rich, it is grossly misleading for Farage to claim to be an anti-establishment figure when he has become so wealthy off of the establishment and related privileges.
What does Farage have in common with the average Brit? Nothing.
He even claimed his £109,000 MEP salary (not counting expenses) was barely enough to live on, showing how out of touch he is considering the average wage is £26,5000 (a figure skewed by income inequality and gross disparities between top and bottom earners in the UK).
Farage is simply a fraud and he’s managed to pull the wool over the eyes of Britain.
Rarely is it mentioned this his own wife is German (not that this is a bad thing), which puts into context his anti-European agenda.
Where does this fit into keeping Britain, British? It’s just so hypocritical, which is the word that best describes Farage.
As well as this he’s not even going to deliver on any of his promises regarding Brexit.
He won’t be able to bring down net migration (something Boris Johnson even admitted to prior to the vote and Daniel Hannan has since confirmed) and he won’t make Britain British again (especially not with his German wife).
Farage has simply tricked the nation into believing his nonsensical ideas which aren’t grounded in reality – austerity not immigration is at the root of much of the UK’s problems.
When this becomes increasingly clear what next for Farage?
He might position himself so as to be able to blame Boris Johnson or Michael Goves for failing to bring down migration or ushering in a dawn of British greatness but in the end it’ll be obvious that Farage duped the people, even if he is remembered as a key figure in the leave campaign.
What he’ll be more remembered for is promising the world, yet delivering nothing.