Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has launched his new political party. Farage said the Brexit Party would ask “the electorate… to begin a political revolution in the UK”. But pranksters sabotaged the launch before it even got off the ground.
“He can’t even register his own website”
Anti-Brexit campaigners Led By Donkeys tweeted on the morning of 12 April that Farage “forgot to register the website” for his new party. The tweet included a link to thebrexitparty.com. And Farage isn’t going to be happy about the site:
— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) April 12, 2019
The linked website says
Nigel Farage wants to register a huge victory in the European elections, but he can’t even register his own website.
And it’s designed to parody the Brexit Party, including editing its logo to say “No Brexit Party”. The website goes on to say that Farage’s role in the leave vote created the “biggest, most passionate pro-European movement” on the continent. To this end, it encourages readers to vote against Farage in the European elections taking place between 23 and 26 May.
The Brexit Party’s own website is registered to a .org address. Domain registration details show the .org address was registered on 20 January 2019 while the .com address was registered on 26 October 2018:
So it appears that Farage’s party did indeed forget to register the address before pranksters got there first.
Meanwhile, Led By Donkeys’ website wasn’t the only parody site created by pro-EU campaigners. Another one appeared at the fitting address of thebrexitparty.eu.
The public response to Led By Donkeys was magic. By midday on 12 April, more than 7,500 people shared and nearly 20,000 people liked the tweet. There was a flood of support for the action:
You're geniuses. THANK YOU for everything you're doing! Just brilliant.
— Alyson Coombes (@acoombes17) April 12, 2019
Absolutely outstanding work @ByDonkeys, you’ve surpassed yourself yet again. True British heroes 🤜🏻
— Simon Amesbury (@simon_amesbury) April 12, 2019
You guys are the best. This is so good!!!
— Victoria Robinson (@VRobinsonNZ) April 12, 2019
Meanwhile, others saw it as a sign that Farage isn’t very bright:
Rule 1. For the new Brexit Party- The word "competence" and Farage should only be used in the same sentence in a negative sense.
— ken hughes (@KenKenph59) April 12, 2019
So – Farage forgot to Register all Website for his "March" & got owned by @ByDonkeys
Of course he didn't learn anything, he made the same mistake again.
— Nicht wichtig (@BlueNicht) April 12, 2019
— Deric Newman (@dericjnewman) April 12, 2019
You just earned yourself a donation.
— Dorothy Lepkowska (@DotLepkowska) April 12, 2019
One person even called on Twitter account Art Decider to find out if this prank was a work of art. The result?
— Art Or Not Art (@ArtDecider) April 12, 2019
The Brexit Party reportedly received £750,000 donations in just ten days. And Farage said the party would field 70 candidates in the May elections. These included financial journalist Annunziata Rees-Mogg, who is the sister of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
not only… support a clean break from the European Union, but also to begin a political revolution in the UK.
But Led By Donkeys has shown the party isn’t even capable of getting its website together in good time. Thankfully, that doesn’t bode well for Farage and his high hopes.
Since you're here ...
We know you don't need a lecture. You wouldn't be here if you didn't care.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to challenge the rightwing press and hold power to account. Please help us survive and thrive.