He referred to the visit as “lockdown lunacy”, before returning to Kent for a third time to film at Dover again.
This time, Farage’s ire wasn’t just directed at “refugees” (who Farage believes should not be allowed to claim asylum if they travel via the English Channel, despite studies finding that stricter immigration laws, like the UK has in place, actually drives more illegal immigration than if border controls were relaxed), but also a cohort he called “North London commentators”.
And the use of the latter term has landed him in more hot water, with critics accusing him of anti-semitism.
His singling out of “North London” commentators was seen as an attempt to position Jewish individuals as the primary critics of Farage’s message.
Farage, of course, has critics from all over London and, indeed, the entire country.
“North London” has long been recognised as a euphemism for Jewish, owing to the area's historic Jewish community. But the term has been adopted as a way to smuggle anti-semitic tropes into speech that others might miss if they don’t know the context.
Graffiti in North London.’North London elite’ identified by Rabbi Julia Neuberger as a mocking way to refer to Jews… https://t.co/o6YUhiZdQx
— Michael Rosen 💙💙🎓🎓 (@Michael Rosen 💙💙🎓🎓)
There was scepticism that a man as involved in far-right movements as Nigel Farage would be unaware of the subliminal meaning of the phrase.
Farage has not responded to the accusations; however he has written a widely ridiculed letter to the Chief Constable of Kent Police.
I have sent a letter of complaint to the Chief Constable of Kent Police and requested a full explanation. https://t.co/VTWgwnACow