An Entertaining Evening With Nigel Farage
The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton
Friday, April 28
it wAs just as an audience member unfurled a Union Flag that Nigel Farage entered the stage of The Princess Theatre.
“Hello sunny Hunny,” he said to rapturous applause.
Here stood, arguably, the most divisive man in current politics, a true Mr Marmite man. To some he’s done great things for our country, while others have different ideas.
The stage was simple: a solitary chair; a table and a bottle of red wine. There was no need for anything extra when the whole evening was about Farage.
He told his audience about the driving force of his progress into politics. He spoke of anecdotes and gave a humerous, detailed description of his journey. He spoke about his first election, where he finished second-to-last, to becoming an MEP for the first time in 1999 and all the way through to his career high, Brexit.
The stories featured Farage in confrontations with well-known European politicians: Jean-Claude Juncker; Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy.
The latter was the subject of a tale about Farage questioning whether he was of enough stature to be the first President of the European Council by saying: “you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk”. The story was clearly a fond memory of Farage’s, given that he sold tea towels marking the occasion.
Most stories seemed to culminate with a joke at the expense of a fellow MEP which the audience lapped up, along with the story of how he and “DJ Trump” became friends.
A question and answer session gave the audience the chance to question the MEP on range of subjects.
There were the expected Brexit questions, one elderly gentleman thanking him for his work – which Farage pointed out wasn’t actually a question – to describing Norfolk in three words, “good old England”.
There seemed disappointment that he said he would not be standing in this year’s General Election and that a career in politics could wind down.
However, after this evening it would appear that Farage will start afresh as a political comic.