Something stinks about Farage’s latest Thames stunt, and it isn’t the fish

Nigel Farage on the river Thames
Support us and go ad-free

Nigel Farage’s latest stunt on the Thames saw him tossing dead fish into the river. The former UKIP leader said it’s a protest against quotas that force the fishing industry to discard edible fish. The performance has drawn attention to Farage’s history with fishing though, and it’s leading some to suggest he may be using the issue for his own ends.

Absentee

Before the referendum, Farage complained that fishing had been gutted by the EU. In response, Greenpeace revealed that he only attended one of 42 meetings when he was a member of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee. Greenpeace also pointed out:

In 2013, Nigel Farage was again present but chose not to vote on the part of the reform of the CFP [Common Fisheries Policy] that introduces an obligation on governments to give more fishing quota to sustainable fishermen who contribute the most to the local, coastal economies. This would see the government giving more fishing quota to local, low impact fishing fleets, such as the fishermen featured in UKIP’s poster.

The internet doesn’t forget these things, which is why Farage’s latest caper has drawn the following responses:

Dead in the water

The internet being the internet means that responses like the following were out there too:

https://twitter.com/Coldwar_Steve/status/976435006032801792

But does he have a point?

Farage was joined by Fishing for Leave co-founder, Aaron Brown. Fishing for Leave also organised the Thames flotilla before the Brexit referendum in which Farage and Bob Geldof competed over who could make the biggest arse of themselves.

Speaking on 20 March, Alan Hastings of Fishing for Leave said:

The platitudes we’ve been offered — the grandstanding of “taking back control” — has just been a smokescreen for a sellout.

And:

David Davis is the weakest, simplest, most ineffectual, useless, and spineless man that’s ever existed. He’s a national disgrace

Hastings claims that the UK’s lack of a veto in the proposed transition period will leave British territory open to European fishing boats. Scottish Tory MP John Lamont has also threatened to vote against any final Brexit deal that isn’t favourable for the fishing industry.

It’s certainly the case that most people don’t want Brexit to make things worse for British industry. So far, the government hasn’t achieved much in the way of securing a better future post-Brexit though. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Farage didn’t do something to improve things for UK fishing when he had the chance.

Featured image via Farage22 – Wikimedia

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed