People can't stop laughing at this David Lammy joke about Nigel Farage

Joe Sommerlad@JoeSommerlad
Wednesday 11 September 2019 14:15
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Nigel Farage and his Ancient Greek counterpart(PA/Getty)

The Daily Telegraph ran an opinion piece by documentarian Hunter DuBose on Wednesday describing Nigel Farage as the "Brexit Icarus".

The piece was trailed on social media with the tag line: "Here's how he can see us fly out of the EU to freedom".

But there was a problem with this conceit and Labour MP David Lammy, historian Sarah Churchwell and writer Mark Gatiss were only among the most prominent to spot it.

As the above trio allude to, the Greek myth in question tells the tale of the son of Daedalus, the Athenian craftsman who built the Labyrinth to house the vicious Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull creature imprisoned at Knossos by King Minos of Crete.

When Minos learns that it was Daedalus who gifted his own daughter Ariadne with the ball of string she gave to Theseus, her lover, enabling him to escape the maze unharmed, the architect and Icarus are forced to flee on improvised wings made from wax and feathers.

Daedalus warns the boy not to fly too close to the sun but he doesn't listen, marvelling at the miracle of flight and soaring upwards into the heavens, only for the heat from the sun's rays to melt the wax and send him plummeting to his death in the Icarian Sea off of Samos.

Farage himself famously came crashing down to earth on 6 May 2010 when the UKIP plane he was flying in smashed into an airfield in Hinton-in-the-Hedges near Brackley, Northamptonshire.

The current Brexit Party leader happened to be challenging the outgoing House speaker John Bercow for his Buckinghamshire constituency seat at the time.

Wednesday's Telegraph article led many Remainers to revel in the memory of that extraordinary election day.

There was plenty more where that came from.

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