Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Nigel Farage as Ambassador to the United States?
Donald Trump has called for Ukip's interim leader, Nigel Farage, to become the British Ambassador to the United States. Trump said:
“Many people would like to see Nigel Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!”
Personally, I don't think that would be a good move on Farage's part. It would be a step down; even though Farage would be ambassador to the world's most powerful country. Besides which, it may tie him too closely to the current British Conservative Government; which, again, I don't think would be such a good thing. I say this because Farage and Ukip have very little in common with today's Conservative Party and most Tories don't have much respect for Farage and Ukip.
In any case, since Trump won the election, perhaps he and other sympathetic Americans should be helping Farage and Ukip, not the other way around. (Then again, it can be argued that Farage helping Trump is an indirect way of Farage helping Great Britain.)
If Farage did become the British ambassador to the U.S., he'd be the most senior diplomat in Washington. Yet, from that position, I'd guess that he'd have little chance to do the political things he'd like to do.
Farage was nonetheless “flattered” by the idea of becoming an ambassador. Though, despite being flattered, he doesn't want the job. As Farage himself said:
“I don’t think I will be the ambassadorial type. Whatever talents or flaws I have got I don’t think diplomacy is at the top of my list of skills.”
So it's not a surprise that the British Government has said that there's “no vacancy” anyway. The current ambassador - Sir Kim Dorroch - sent a memo to Downing Street which said that he and other UK diplomats were “well placed” to deal with Trump's presidency and everything which flows from it. In addition to that, a Government official said that the UK Gov. has “excellent ambassadors to the US”.
In view of Sir Kim's words, Farage said that it was “obvious” that the current Ambassador to the United States should resign. Why? Because this man, in Farage's words, is part of the “old regime”. Yes, an old regime which has enthused about the European Union; encouraged mass immigration; banned American and Dutch dissidents (e.g., Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Geert Wilders); allowed Muslim ghettos, halal slaughter and sharia law to mushroom; and so on.
Moreover, according to Sky News, Farage went on to say that Sir Kim's
“ world view, and the world view of the Trump team are going to be diametrically opposed and I would have thought it would be sensible to put someone there who was likely to get on with Team Trump”.
Nonetheless, Farage has said that he'd “love to help” deal with Team Trump; though not as an ambassador. Indeed he likes the idea of being the U.K and U.S's go-between. That's why he said that the British Prime Minister's stance against such a position is “nonsense”. Not only that: Theresa May should put “petty personal differences” aside.
Farage has also said that some of the British politicians who've been "openly abusive about Trump” are “now pretend[ing] to be his friend".
Farage went on to say:
"It is career politics at its worst and it is now getting in the way of the national interest. I have said since the now famous photograph with Donald Trump 10 days ago that I would do anything to help our national interest and to help cement ties with the incoming Anglophile administration. I have known several of the Trump team for years and I am in a good position with the president-elect's support to help. The world has changed and it's time that Downing Street did too."
Finally, American readers may also recall that Farage has already campaigned with Trump in Mississippi (last August); when thousands of Americans turned up to listen to Trump speak. At the time Trump described Farage as “the man behind Brexit”. Trump also predicted that the U.S. election would be “Brexit plus plus plus”.