ANDREW PIERCE: Are Nigel Farage and chums set for a comeback?

ANDREW PIERCE: Are Nigel Farage and chums set for a comeback?

As the Government deadline for striking a Brexit deal with the EU approaches next month, I hear that old bruiser Nigel Farage is preparing for a possible political return to the fray.

Only last year the Brexit Party won the European elections and became the largest group in the European Parliament, with 26 MEPs. 

Those MEPs lost their jobs, of course, when we left the EU on January 31.

As the Government deadline for striking a Brexit deal with the EU approaches next month, I hear that old bruiser Nigel Farage is preparing for a possible political return to the fray

But they have not gone away. Richard Tice, the former chairman of the party, declared last week on a WhatsApp group they have all joined: ‘We are the country’s insurance policy.’ 

He explained that if there is any hint of a sell-out on EU access to British fishing waters, the party will relaunch. 

A source close to Farage added ominously: ‘We are sleeping, not extinct.’

And the platform they will fight on? There’s the Brexit deal, but private polling by the party also shows members are almost unanimously opposed to current lockdown measures.

 A source close to Farage added ominously: ‘We are sleeping, not extinct’

There is talk of fielding a candidate in the mayoral election next year in London on an anti-lockdown ticket. 

It may prove popular, as large parts of Central London resemble a ghost town. 

Ann Widdecombe, who was a Brexit Party MEP, says the crackdown is excessive: ‘We have not got a proportionate response.’

 A devastating take on Baroness Harding, head of the Covid test-and-trace system, from ‘Beast of Bolsover’ Dennis Skinner, 88, who lost his Commons seat last year: ‘Some are born mediocre, some achieve mediocrity and some have mediocrity thrust upon ’em. She’s been put to the test and now there’s NO trace.’ 

 How Javid caught out Campbell

Too-clever-by-half Alastair Campbell, who was Tony Blair’s spin doctor, tweeted a photo of the Tory benches last week showing nine ‘all white men’.

Quick as a flash, Tory MP Sajid Javid, the first ethnic minority Chancellor, posted a photo of the front bench showing his successor Rishi Sunak, whose parents are of Indian origin; Home Secretary Priti Patel, whose parents were Ugandan Asians; and Attorney General Suella Braverman, whose parents are also of Indian origin.

Quick as a flash, Tory MP Sajid Javid, the first ethnic minority Chancellor, posted a photo of the front bench showing his successor Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Suella Braverman

At Prime Minister’s Questions, the Northern Ireland DUP MP Sammy Wilson challenged the logic of the Government scientists’ warning that there could be 50,000 infections a day. 

‘What is not in dispute is the scare tactics being used.’ 

Tactics that didn’t work on Wilson, who was seen on the London Underground breaking the rules by not wearing a mask.

Bafta’s ‘woke’ rules to prevent the embarrassment of any all-white shortlists at its 2021 film awards require its 8,000 members to take ‘unconscious bias training’ before casting their votes. 

Good luck to the luvvie who has to teach double Oscar-winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson how to suck eggs. 

Gushing praise for London Mayor Sadiq Khan from Labour leader Keir Starmer: ‘My friend Sadiq Khan is an inspiration, the first Muslim mayor of a major Western city and a source of pride for us all. 

‘We’ll never let those who seek to divide us win.’ 

Hasn’t Starmer noticed that Khan’s Transport for London is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and that Crossrail is two years behind schedule and £2.8 billion over budget? 

Hasn’t Starmer noticed that Khan’s Transport for London is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and that Crossrail is two years behind schedule and £2.8 billion over budget?

Did Dave really win the war?

Biographer Sir Anthony Seldon, who is standing down as vice-chancellor of Buckingham University, is ‘captivated’ by the diaries of the ‘shamelessly disloyal’ Sasha Swire. 

The wife of ex-Tory MP Hugo Swire, she threw much bile at David Cameron for not putting her husband in the Cabinet when he was PM. 

Seldon says: ‘I will continue to admire the intelligence and courage of David Cameron but I confess to being disappointed he may or may not have boasted to her [Sasha] of Libya in 2011: “I’ve just won the war”.’ 

Seldon, who co-wrote Cameron At 10, adds in the New Statesman: ‘Great PMs, without exception, have a wisdom and moral seriousness that he never fully acquired.’ 

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