Farage comes to Scotland and gets a lock-in!
UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s attempt to hold a press conference in a pub in Edinburgh today ended abruptly when protesters hijacked the event.
• The UKIP leader was in Edinburgh to outline his party’s policies ahead of the Aberdeen Donside by-election
• Farage was locked in a Royal Mile pub for his own safety after a taxi driver refused his fare
• Police helped Farage escape in an armoured van as protestors shouted ‘You are a racist, go back to England’
Mr Farage’s plans to outline his party’s policies to fight the Aberdeen Donside by-election in the Canon’s Gait pub were drowned out by up to 100 demonstrators, mostly students, shouting “you are a racist” and “go back to England”.
As he tried to address gathered journalists, the growing crowd of protesters accused Mr Farage of being a homophobe.
Eventually the publican called time on the event and told everyone, including Mr Farage, to leave the pub.
Amid chaotic scenes, Mr Farage attempted to leave by getting into a passing taxi. With crowds swarming around the taxi, Mr Farage failed to persuade the driver to take him.
Instead he was escorted back inside the now empty pub where he was locked in, apparently for his own safety.
Later it was reported that Mr Farage escaped in the back of an armoured police van.Posted 4 years agokonabunnyMember
Only appropriate that Farage is reminded he’s on the electoral fringe and in the class of political parties that meets in pubs.
100 demonstrators, mostly students, shouting “you are a racist” and “go back to England”.
Tbf that’s not racist because most of the students will be from the Home Counties themselves..Posted 4 years agoernie_lynchMember
I wonder why the leader of a party whose entire raison d’etre is that the present Tory Party (despite being more right-wing than Thatcher) isn’t right-wing enough, feels he might have received anything other than a hostile reception in Scotland. Has he really not bothered checking Scotland’s polling history for the last 30 years ?Posted 4 years ago
I like the NE reporter who when given the opportunity to grill Farage on policy, asked him if he new the meaning of Aberdeen words. In future in Scotland we may infer someones ability to voice an opinion on Scottish politics by whether they can point to Auchtermuchty on a map!Posted 4 years ago
To be fair ononeorange he did try to use public transport twice. If the police were not there there is a chance the taxi drivers and the taxi’s would have been attacked as well as him.
Also perhaps we could have found out some of his views yesterday if the crowd let him speak rather than wait until he is on Radio 4.
I am no fan of UKIP by the way.Posted 4 years agokonabunnyMember
Speaking to the Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Farage said: “If this is the face of Scottish nationalism, it’s a pretty ugly nation.”
He added: “The anger, the hatred, the shouting, the snarling, the swearing was all linked in to a desire for the Union Jack to be burnt.”Posted 4 years ago
He’ll change his mind about keeping the UK together, then. England and Wales will leave the UK and the EU, thus solving the tricky post-independence questions.
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