2. Nigel Farage’s UKIP has gone on the attack against The Times after the newspaper claimed his expenses are being probed.
A post on the party’s website highlights six journalists at The Times who have various degrees of influence over the newspaper’s political coverage. The UKIP attack focuses on the journalists’ backgrounds, saying “most have family or personal connections to the Conservative Party” and the majority are “from immensely privileged backgrounds”.
What’s particularly impressive is that these attacks are coming from a party led by a public school-educated former City trader. But as exclusive BuzzFeed polling shows, this doesn’t matter because, despite his background, UKIP supporters and the general public alike see Farage as a genuine man of the people fighting against the establishment.
5. Whatever the reality, the perception among UKIP supporters and many potential backers is that Nigel Farage is a man of the people.
And this gives him the cover to attack others with similarly privileged background for their supposed membership of the establishment.