After tweeting on Saturday morning that he would be giving his latest endeavour "both barrels" on the campaign trail, the ex-UKIP leader has been dismissed by the likes of LBC's James O'Brien for his waning influence, the insensitivity of his phrasing in light of the murder of MP Jo Cox in June 2016 and his accidental revelation that he doesn't consider his role as an elected MEP a real job.
We have been openly and wilfully betrayed by our government. I haven’t come out of semi-retirement to muck about —… https://t.co/RAGhiScpZt
The latest person to have a crack at the old Barbour-jacketed Europhobe is Guy Verhofstadt, the Belgian leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and a negotiator familiar to one and all as a thorn in the side of Theresa May.
Verhofstadt has been a persistent and gleeful critic of Farage and wrote on Twitter:
Nigel Farage has been an elected MEP since 1999, but now says he comes out of "semi – retirement". As I already warned in 2012, the biggest waste of EU resources is Nigel Farage's salary. Why would anyone re-elect him to this role?
The post, below in all its natural born glory, features a vintage clip of Verhofstadt taking Farage to task from the floor of the European Parliament in November 2012 for failing to turn up to gatherings of the fisheries committee and wasting everyone's time and money.
Nigel Farage has been an elected MEP since 1999, but now says he comes out of "semi – retirement". As I already war… https://t.co/TIHek2LxyZ
This isn't the only time the two have squared off.
Verhofstadt repeated his insult about Farage being a waste of money on Matt Frei's show on LBC in January 2017, only for Farage to call in and challenge him, insisting that his actually turning up in Brussels would be even more costly.
The pair resumed the spat in March 2018 ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia:
Today, Nigel Farage said Belgium is not a real country. He’ll see how real Belgium is when we play England in the W… https://t.co/SJGyfSXFeY