These European Elections Matter-speaker Nigel Farage

  • January 23, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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London European Club invites you to the London School of Economics where UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage will discuss the importance of this year’s upcoming European elections.

 

Nigel Farage is a British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) since 2010, a position he also held from September 2006 to November 2009. Since 1999, he has been a Member of the European Parliament for South East England and co-chairs the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group.

Farage was a founding member of UKIP, having left the Conservative Party in 1992 after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. Having unsuccessfully campaigned in European and Westminster parliamentary elections for UKIP since 1994, he won a seat as MEP for South East England in the 1999 European Parliament Election – the first year the regional list system was used – and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.

In September 2006, Farage became the UKIP Leader and led the party through the 2009 European Parliament Election when it received the second highest share of the popular vote, defeating Labour and the Liberal Democrats with over two million votes.

 Farage was also ranked 41st in The Daily Telegraph's Top 100 most influential right-wingers poll in October 2009, citing his media savvy and his success with UKIP in the European Elections.

Farage has been noted for his passionate and sometimes controversial speeches in the European Parliament and has strongly criticized the Euro and its related single currency project.

 

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.

Members of the public, can request one ticket via the online ticket request form which will be live on this listing http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2014/01/20140123t1830vLSE.aspx from around 6pm on Wednesday 15 January until at least 12noon on Thursday 16 January. If at 12noon there are more requests than there are tickets available, the line will be closed, and tickets will be allocated on a random basis to those requests received.

 

London European Club has a "no show" policy which applies to this as well as all other events. Please RSVP accurately, it helps us plan our events better.

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  • Paul R

    Wonderful evening with a good chat after the talk.
    What I appreciate the most is his honesty and that is something very lacking in today's politics; as for turning into Hitler, I don't see any of that, for one, "the powers that be" will soon remove him, (they have already tried) along with "Common Purpose" infiltrating the ukip ranks and destroying him from inside; Two, I and many others would not allow him to be another Hitler, we have much bigger problems (as NF keeps pointing out) with the EU heading down that route on its own, with unelected european leaders living in an "Ivory tower", controlling all aspects of our lives,
    Paul R :-)

    January 24, 2014

    • Andrea

      I meant that people or let's call them politicians who act for a cause often just give you part of a message and took the French Revolution as a more positive example than more recent dictatorships. The pamphlets that were published about Marie Antoinette's so-called vices to wind people up weren't exactly true, and some people who were behind the publishers (you already mentioned le Duc d' Orleans) knew this...

      1 · January 27, 2014

    • Andrea

      And just to clarify, no matter what Napoleon later on might have messed up, I'm a huge admirer of the French Revolution and its objectives, human rights etc (if I weren't I wouldn't have hosted a 14 July picnic or wouldn't have named one of my cuddly sharks Camille after Desmoulins), nevertheless, they had brilliant agitators who often just send out one part of the message....

      January 27, 2014

  • Andrea

    A very bright and intelligent chap and excellent speaker. I was a little disappointed that the audience couldn't nail some of his misconceptions, like the passionate elderly man tried with the EU-commission. It was also interesting to see his bodyguards linger around - did Boris Johnson in December also had bodyguards?
    Thank you for organising, Maja.

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Maja

      I experienced the body guards first hand. I was clearly pro European in my section clapping loudest at pro European arguments from the audience. I saw a man moving from 3 rows ahead of me and he sat next to me. He was a typical UKIP supporter, huge, shaved head... I didn't see any body guards during Johnson's talk, they must have been more subtle.

      January 24, 2014

    • Jérôme P.

      Sounds like the type of guys at Marine LP's FNP meetings exactly

      January 26, 2014

  • Dennis

    I haven't been to the talk but am a bit shocked at people falling straight into the trap of a well spoken, charismatic populist (a dangerous kind). I know him of course and how he comes across but an ,honest, style on simply false points makes him actually worse.

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • Dennis

      Andrea, you're an easy victim. Many people have brains and a vision. Geert Wilders has a vision. Anders Breivik has a vision. People with 'visions' can afford to paint black and white, others try to negotiate with others. But moderate european politicians are to blame themselves for often cheaply shooting at the EU to cover their own failings instead of telling us the truth that the EU is simply what me make of it. The power is with the Council which is the sum of the nation states. Everything is result of negotiations that all were always aware of. But what do conservative, nationalistic people, who lack personality and need to fill the gaps with some outer, prefabricated national pathos, care? They just want to win as many as possible over to their side.

      January 25, 2014

    • Andrea

      I'm not sure if one can put Farage in the national corner just because he doesn't want Britain to be part of the EU. I think we need to be careful with such comparisons because the press seems to enjoy vilifying him. I struggle to make up my mind about him. Anyway, he at least inspired me to another blog at http://sharkysworld.w...­ and should inspire you all to go to vote at the next European elections - in my opinion our only chance to influence things.

      January 25, 2014

  • Maja

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • hans

    This was a clever and entertaining speech with plenty of humour! I think NF presented informed views about the drawbacks of the Euro currency, the impact of heavy handed EU bureaucracy on nation states, and alternative models for UK's electoral system. However, I think his views are misguided on how to manage immigration and protect individual rights/freedoms. Part of NF's appeal is that he is not a born & bred politicial chicken broiler (like so many others), but his program appears to be made up on the fly which is probably why UKIP's growing pains are so often featured in the media. Maja, thanks for organising.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Gabb

    Most amusing. I think his principal weapon is laughter. and that he wants to drive any conversation to laughter as quickly as he can,not laughter from wit or observation, but laughter that begins and ends with jokes of the “the world’s gone mad” variety: the very British humour of exasperation. In this way he turns the amusement of helplessness into something that he can press repeatedly into service. It is the character trait that I feel defines him, and on every occasion this is how he seeks to connect with people. To be human is necessarily to be exasperated and to know this and to say that you know it, overtly, covertly, in tone and gesture makes you very appealing. Thanks Maja.

    2 · January 23, 2014

  • Maja

    Farage was an eloquent, intelligent speaker who commanded the floor, was excellent at "dodging" the parts of the questions he didn't like. He came across as "one of us", a decent guy "who makes sense". The only problem are his policies which are populist, nationalistic and isolationist, but the British electorate will find out what that means in reality when they vote for him. We had a good debate afterwards and I want to thank everyone who contributed.

    3 · January 23, 2014

  • Raquel

    I didn't manage to arrive on time, so I went to one of the LSE lecture rooms to watch the video.

    January 23, 2014

  • Maja

    Meeting at the Devereux

    January 23, 2014

    • Nelli

      Are you upstairs or downstairs?

      January 23, 2014

  • hans

    Less than 24 hours to go. Since I am looking to prepare very seriously ahead of tomorrow's speech, I just took this 'UKIP or Made Up' bigotry quiz: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ukip-made-up-take-great-ukip-3048561
    My score was 16/20. The gauntlet has been thrown. Can you score higher? :)
    This quiz also made me wonder how men should be labelled if they don't clean behind their fridge... It pains me to admit, most reluctantly, that I have been guilty of this terrible offence on more than one occasion...

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • hans

      Jerome, the quiz appears at the bottom of the landing page against a black background. No need to register or anything of that sort

      January 23, 2014

    • Jérôme P.

      oh I'm bad.. only got 12/20 - not sure what to make of it in the end... did I overestimate, or underestimate their stupidity? entertaining anyway, thanks Hans (turns out I had to use another browser to access the quiz...)

      January 23, 2014

  • Andrea

    Are we meeting somewhere after the event? I'm already placed in the last row downstairs....

    January 23, 2014

  • Maja

    One big mistake is to dismiss Farage and UKIP based on intelligence and ludicrous ideas. Farage is an eloquent and intelligent man who can manipulate masses very well. The only way to contradict him is to ask him intelligent questions that he doesn't expect.

    January 22, 2014

    • Jérôme P.

      intelligent in a wicked kind of way.... I regret that in his appearances on British TV there is rarely anyone that has the guts to throw real facts to his face as most of his arguments are based on misinformation...

      January 23, 2014

    • hans

      Good laugh! But keep in mind that the underlying story was most likely orchestrated by the prime minister's spin doctors

      January 22, 2014

    • Jérôme P.

      funny - I forwarded to a few friends tks!

      January 23, 2014

  • Dessi Hristova K.

    Unfortunately wasn't lucky to get a ticket in the ballot, so not comming...

    January 20, 2014

  • Audrey

    No ticket either so cancelled attendance.

    January 20, 2014

  • Marcello

    No ticket either...

    January 20, 2014

  • Matthew F.

    No ticket, no cry....for the lucky ones ...make him look a bigger idiot with your Qs

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Julian C.

    Didn't get a ticket... very much in two minds as to whether to go to the trouble of queuing up on the night for the sake of hearing Britain's biggest bigot pontificate... Thoughts?

    January 16, 2014

    • Maja

      For the video link, people who don't manage to get in are directed to one of the LSE lecture rooms where the video link is set up.

      2 · January 17, 2014

    • Paul R

      Might try and blag it, ha B-) or see Iain and co in the back room. :-)

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Jeanie

    Am gutted I didn't get a ticket. Might pop along to watch the video in one of the LSE rooms..

    January 19, 2014

    • Dennis

      I had no idea. Bloody gays, I'm sick of the rain.

      January 18, 2014

  • **Robin**

    I couldn't get a ticket. Anyone who has an extra ticket, please private message me.

    January 16, 2014

    • Jérôme P.

      I meant Maja can get a well deserved ticket for herself!

      January 16, 2014

    • Maja

      Thank you Jerome, Henning offered his and I have gratefully accepted it.

      January 17, 2014

  • Dennis

    I ain't got no ticket, inni'! Ah well, no chance to see the saviour of Great Britain and the Empire live and in person.

    2 · January 16, 2014

    • Maja

      you give up too easily Dennis. Where there is a will there is a way ...

      January 16, 2014

    • Dennis

      I'll stick to Iain

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Eric

    I didn't get a ticket - it's a left wing conspiracy.

    January 16, 2014

    • Dennis

      It's Brussels Eric......Brussels!

      4 · January 17, 2014

  • Paul R

    Unsuccessful in the ticket allocation process. Doh :'(

    January 17, 2014

  • Caroline D

    But is it the end of the world if you don't get a ticket....youve the opportunity to see the live video so I am currently planning to go to that.

    3 · January 16, 2014

  • Pamela

    oooh errh I got one. See you next week, should be fun :-)

    January 16, 2014

  • Luis

    I'm out of luck here. Sorry Nigel, I'm missing you already, sniff.

    January 16, 2014

  • iain

    I failed to get a ticket.Now where's me balaclava, steel toe capped boots and knuckledusters.Time for a bit of "creative ticket acquisistion "..........:D Lol

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Gabb

    Got my ticket, yeeeepeeee! :)

    January 16, 2014

  • Andrea

    Can't believe my luck, after the hazzle I had yesterday evening requesting a ticket on the bus via my funny mobile I've really been allocated one.

    January 16, 2014

  • Lauren

    Unfortunately I wasn't allocated a ticket.

    January 16, 2014

  • Adam

    Got mine, now it's time to prepare for my 30-second question to Nigel... can't wait

    January 16, 2014

  • David

    Unsuccessful in the ballot for tickets

    January 16, 2014

  • Jérôme P.

    Gosh I requested the ticket at 6:01pm when they opened and I couldnt get a ticket!! did anyone got one?

    January 16, 2014

  • Maja

    I have been declined a ticket for this event, but I will stand in the que for people who would be let in to attend if people with tickets don't show up. Please amend your RSVPs if you failed to receive a ticket.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Yoana D.

    Too bad I can't make it to that, it will be lovely for sure! I promised to go with a friend to this gay event, need to show some solidarity. But not am i looking forward to your comments after this!!

    January 11, 2014

  • Jeanie

    Maya, I can't believe you actually managed to get NF as speaker, or did he get you ? :)) This is one unmissable discussion. Must get my ticket, although it's going to be a real scrum within that short timeframe.

    December 18, 2013

  • Matthew F.

    Should be hilarious and embarrassing to hear him speak!

    December 10, 2013

  • Andrea

    My RSVP of course depends if this time I might be lucky enough to be allocated a ticket - no, I'm afraid I don't like the beauty of random shuffles.

    December 10, 2013

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