There was a documentary about Nigel Farage's role in Brexit and people were not impressed

Greg Evans
Thursday 30 January 2020 08:00
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This week will arguably be the greatest week in the storied life of one Nigel Farage.

After decades of moaning and campaigning against the European Union, Farage finally has his wish and will see Britain leave the EU once and for all.

As a politician who has always been determined to be the centre of attention, he made sure he and his Brexit Party colleagues didn't leave the European Parliament with a whimper but with a bang, as they shamelessly waved Union Jack flags and were promptly dressed down for breaking the rules of the institution.

He then gave a kind of victory speech to reporters on the steps of the EU, where he exclaimed 'what price is freedom?' after he was asked the rather serious question of what happens to the UK if we fail to get a deal and the economy tanks?

If that wasn't enough for Farage, he also had an entire documentary on Channel 4 dedicated to him.

The 67-minute feature titled Farage: the Man Who Made Brexit is basically what it says on the tin: an insight into the world of Farage and how he intended to achieve his goal of Brexit and influence others in the European Union.

This should have been another big crowning moment for Farage but his earlier antics at the EU had already soured some people enough that they were intent on not giving him any more of their time.

The documentary itself, just like the man it was focused on, proved to be a divisive affair.

Tom Peck's review in the Independent was complimentary of the film but not so much of Farage stating:

It’s hard to decide if it counts as a bombshell, to hear the man admit it. He appears to know his battle is over, the victory won.

Many is the con man who works out that his next meal will come from showing the victim how it’s done.  

Asa Bennett of the Telegraph called it "engaging but excruciating" which feels almost like the perfect description of Farage and his entire career.

For the most part, the documentary is a look at the last five months of Farage's life as he and the Brexit Party rally for the general election, after they soared to success in European elections.

One of the most fascinating quotes from the documentary occurs quite early on and comes from Farage himself and how he views politics.

Anyone who thinks politics has nothing to do with sales, doesn't understand politics. It's about selling ideas.

It's almost telling that Farage should boil politics and the most important decision the country has made since WWII to something that is purely commercial but whatever he was selling, people were clearly buying.

Overall, the documentary didn't quite strike a chord with people, as in fairness, they've probably had enough of him by now but there were a few who were still happy to give Farage a few extra ounces of the anger and bitterness, for old times sake.

Farage, for once, doesn't go out of his way to embarrass himself during the documentary but if you are up for a laugh we would recommend that you tune in just for Richard Tice, the Brexit Party chairman, who does his best impression of an Armando Iannucci character.

Of course, there were those there were impressed by Farage's resolve in the documentary, especially as it dawns upon him that Boris Johnson and the Tories were stealing his own tactics.

If you can stomach it, give it a watch, but one thing is for certain we haven't seen the last of him.

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