He is everywhere isn't he. Farage and the UKIP bandwagon seems almost unstoppable at the moment, and the media are lapping it up.
One thing he has achieved is to actually start making people realise again that politics is important, and how we must not just sleepwalk into another government as divisive and self interested as the last few have been. As with previous posts, how a cabinet minister can commit financial offences that would see most of us imprisoned and she actually got a pay out and kept her job (and almost all the money) is allowed to happen must be stopped.
But Farage doesn't care about that. He is on the gravy train to such an extent that he laughs out loud when confronted with tales of his own imaginative uses of expenses and allowances. He laughs out loud a lot when you start to watch him. A hell of a lot. He is also often in or outside a pub having a pint and a smoke. He is a "real bloke" and he knows it. One thing he isn't is stupid, and his PR machine has a ring of Boris's about it. He looks natural having a pint, because he really drinks pints, search out the pictures of Dave, Gideon, Ed etc with a pint in their hands, they have no idea what it is or what to do with it, they look stupid trying to out-Nigel Nigel - and he knows it.
Remember when Boris was a buffoon on Have I Got News For You, and a journalist, a bit of an MP and then became Mayor of London. How funny he was, laughing off his own personal and professional scandals in such a way that people remembered his performance, not what he was actually saying. Look at Farage on last weeks Have I Got News For You and see the similarities, watch the debates he had with the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg - he won them by miles, not by any use of facts or policies, but because he just laughed when confronted with actual facts and figures.
He is in a masterful position at the moment, he can argue and say what he likes and knows he will get media coverage for it, he appears to be unaccountable for anything at all, the scandals around him, his finances, his life and his party are all just jokes to him. He can say what he likes about immigration and HS2, the economy and the country because he knows he will never be in a position to have to deliver a thing.
All he has to do is wind up the Tories in the Home Counties, and what a job of it he is doing. Local councillors are defecting to UKIP, and they will definitely win some seats in the European and Local Elections coming up - mainly because people use these elections as a way of protesting. Showing the main parties what they want them to focus on, like the Greens used to be, and the BNP, and the Lib Dems - it is a way of identifying issues, but few would actually want any of the fringe parties to be in charge of anything real. There are many articles and in depth pieces about UKIP and Farage himself that show him and his party for the petty hate mongers they are, floods caused by gays, hatred of women, barely hidden racism and so on. At some stage the decision will be taken by someone to destroy him and the political wilderness and game shows with the Hamiltons will be his future.
However, as local level politicians justify their moves to a party that promises a democracy that it can't ever deliver, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see some MPs change the colour of their ties and party allegiance before the General Election next year, there is something that troubles me about this, as it always has when serving politicians "cross the floor".
Why don't they resign their seat?
To simply say to their employers (us, the electorate) "I know you voted for me because of what I said I believed in, I now believe in something else but I am not going to risk you not voting for that" seems incredulous to me. One of my local councillors has just done this, and while he responds to pretty much every tweet he seems to have ignored my questions about this issue, while he bemoans career politicians, thereby proving he is actually what he says he is not.
To not risk asking your voters if they support you and your newly found political views I assumed had gone out of fashion when the Lib Dems ignored the wishes and desires of the people who voted for them so Nick could have a made up job at the big boys table. You just have to watch footage of the House of Commons to see the absolute disdain that Cameron and his buddies have for Nick, you could almost start to feel sorry for him. Almost.
It is important to vote, despite what Russell Brand says - just vote for politics, not personalities.
In unrelated but also political news this week, the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy has had some wonderful coverage by most of the media this week, and there is finally the inquest underway to attempt to uncover some of the truths behind the events that day. This is right and proper, and necessary for the families and friends of all those who died and were injured that day.
The politicians, police and media of the day should be held to account for what they did and said, the exact same triangle of people and organisations that are involved in so many other legal cases currently.
I like many others sincerely hope that justice is seen to be done here.
Local councillor did get back to me and said he hadn't thought about resigning his seat, and I was the only person to have mentioned it. He also raised the question that he had been expelled from the local Conservative Party, so should that have triggered an election - well to me yes.
If you are elected as part of a "party" it is highly likely that you have been elected because of that link to a party, so if you are not in that party anymore, you are not actually the choice of the electorate.
I await the first marginal Tory MP to jump ship in the coming months with interest to see how this would be viewed at a national level.