Over the years, it’s become a widely acknowledged truth of British politics that there’s not many situations Nigel Farage won’t manage to use for his own political gain.
The self-proclaimed “Mr Brexit” has been a disturbingly effective political campaigner over the years on issues such as immigration.
But now he’s got a new favourite topic: coronavirus.
Ever since COVID-19 became a global pandemic, Farage has been on TV, radio and Twitter much more than normal. He lambasted the government’s initial response to the virus and even told us to listen to the World Health Organisation (who he once called “a bunch of clever bullies”).
Farage has finally realised who he’s going to blame for the whole crisis: China.
Writing in Newsweek, Farage said that it was “time” we “all said” that “China caused this nightmare”, referring of course to the pandemic.
It really is about time we all said it. China caused this nightmare. Period. https://t.co/9zSVEqnM2J— Nigel Farage (@Nigel Farage) 1584555518
This line of attack has been growing over the last week. In America, Trump and his high-profile backers have been calling the virus “China flu” and “China virus”.
Farage said that Trump was “right” to blame the disease on China. This is despite the fact that new cases are actually lowering in China compared to the rest of the world. China has also been on lockdown for weeks whereas the UK still isn't (Farage himself accused the UK government of "negligence" over its response).
The Brexit Party leader's remarks come as Asian people report incidents of racism against them as a result of the virus. An NHS nurse was attacked on her way to a hospital shift and a Chinese takeaway owner received a letter blaming him for the pandemic.
On social media, people really weren’t happy with Farage for blaming China for the pandemic.
It is mad that Trump, Farage etc are blaming the Chinese for the virus Are they seriously preparing the ground fo… https://t.co/CwNw5SvE2F— Daniel Fooks (@Daniel Fooks) 1584603306
Like flies to 💩 people like Farage are drawn to crises like these. Barely containing their glee they find whatever… https://t.co/Z8PZHSjQRn— Seb Dance (@Seb Dance) 1584574029
Todays reminder that Nigel Farage is a race-baiting POS who you can trust about as much as a hangover fart.— Dr Benjamin Janaway (@Dr Benjamin Janaway) 1584605261
But, of course, some agreed.
In the age of Trump—we've learned that the media is hellbent on spreading disinformation and lies. So if we don't s… https://t.co/3jYs3Cf6VE— Charlie Kirk (@Charlie Kirk) 1584558935
Lots of people are feeling anxious and angry right now amongst all the uncertainty that the virus is bringing to the world. The best thing to do is to avoid blaming people, be kind and follow the latest health advice.