Nigel Farage autobiography:

“It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat … was I supposed to brief UKIP policy from the Westminster Arms? No – if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down.

Nigel Farage on Friday — having failed to secure a seat:

“I know that you in the media are used to party leaders making endless promises they don’t keep. But I’m a man of my word. I don’t break my word. So I shall be writing to the UKIP national executive … saying I am standing down as leader of UKIP.

But the backtracking had started: as the James Lansdale report above notes: “He didn’t rule out standing again”.

Today to Good Morning Britain:

“I’ve stepped down … There will then be a contest in September for the leader of Ukip. I cannot say whether I will or will not stand. I have absolutely – at this moment in time – no idea.”

But lo and behold he’d developed a somewhat clearer view by the afternoon:

“As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go.

“The NEC also concluded that UKIP’s general election campaign had been a great success … On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of UKIP.

A “very senior” UKIP source has already briefed the BBC that this has harmed Farage’s reputation for straight talking. But at least we can permit Godfrey bloom some schadenfreude:

Not that Godders is bitter or anything.

Nigel wouldn’t let him ‘take his resignation out’.

  1. jason smith says:

    LMFAO what a clown this guy is, he didnt get into number 10 so he gives up,
    just like pcworld wanner be tech guy millaband is stepping down as leaser of labour, this is not the fucking play ground where you dump your best friend because he didnt pick you for the football team or you dont like his new marbles. Grow up and act like adult men FFS your wives must be so proud of you right now.

  2. Angelo Mazzeo says:

    Sounds like for Jason the playground is an ongoing experience. With regard to resignations; tt’s called integrity and honour – Ed Miliband has both, Farrago has neither.

  3. Call Me Dave says:

    Once again people do not read or fail to understand what the story says.

    Nigel Farage did resign after he failed to win Thanet (just like he said he would). He even said it to tv cameras on the day.

    BUT the NEC of UKIP unanimously rejected his resignation (that means all of them by the way).

    NEC’s are the people who run the political parties (in case there is any confusion) they are akin to the boardroom of football clubs if that makes it easier for some to understand, they are the ones who decides what is best direction for political parties to take.
    And they felt that UKIP was better with NF at the forefront than without him, no matter whether you agree or disagree with their brand of politics without Nigel Farage as leader then the party would not have gotten as much coverage during the campaign.

  4. It’s a strange quirk of speech but I find that if some uses the word “frankly” in a sentence they are almost invariably lying to you.

  5. Angelo Mazzeo says:

    @Call me Dave: Yes, and NF had he been a man of his word could have insisted on his resignation and followed through on his promise. Now it looks like it was all a sham. “I will resign and you guys reject it and we carry on as normal.”

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