Expecting a triumphant arrival at parliament ahead a flotilla of fishing trawlers, chief Brexiteer Nigel Farage suddenly became victim of one of the River Thames’s most bizarre acts of piracy. A loudspeaker brought a sudden end to the flotilla’s tranquil progress soon after it reached London’s waters, with none other than rocker Bob Geldof as the long-haired buccaneer.
Farage’s Brexit assault on parliament hits choppy waters
Farage’s Brexit assault on parliament hits choppy waters / London (United Kingdom) – 15 June 2016 16:52 Expecting a triumphant arrival at parliament ahead a flotilla of fishing trawlers, chief Brexiteer Nigel Farage suddenly became victim of one of the River Thames’s most bizarre acts of piracy.A loudspeaker brought a sudden end to the flotilla’s tranquil progress soon after it reached London’s waters, with none other than rocker Bob Geldof as the long-haired buccaneer.The Live Aid mastermind was eager to hijack the anti-EU message being brought to the capital by UK Independence Party leader Farage and his 30-strong fleet ahead of the June 23 referendum.With the fishermen reluctant to cede ground, a battle for supremacy soon broke out, leaving the 64-year-old singer and his pro-EU crew soaked with jets of water, but undeterred.Farage earlier climbed aboard his flagship under the shadow of the iconic Tower Bridge, as the flotilla began the final leg of its journey under a blazing sun.The party leader smiled broadly while surveying the dozens of boats that had gathered hours early for the procession, while others yet to arrive sounded their foghorns in the distance. “It’s great, the weather is nice, you never know in England, we might have a thunderstorm by this evening, but I’ll be in the pub by that time,” Ray Finch, the UKIP MEP in charge of the party’s fishery policy told AFP.”They (fishermen) understand leaving the EU is the best, not just for them but the entire country.”- ‘Nigel, you’re a fraud’-“We want to take back our territory waters, the EU fishing policy is criminal,” Farage told UKIP officials and journalists on board. “On your right, ladies and gentlemen, Cameron’s next move: the Tower of London,” joked MEP David Coburn, referring to the building’s historic role as prison for fallen royalty and important public figures.However, the mood soon soured as the rainclouds gathered and a mysterious large white boat appeared on the horizon.The “Sarpedon,” had been chartered by Irish singer Geldof, determined to gatecrash the party with a sound system so formidable that it drowned out even Farage’s booming tirades. “Nigel you’re a fraud, stop lying, this election is too important,” Geldof shouted down the microphone. “You’re no fisherman’s friend.””Geldof? A millionaire, he obviously doesn’t care about fishermen,” retorted Coburn. “Just disgusting,” weighed in Farage. But the stunt succeeded in deflating the atmosphere on board, and forced the vessel off course.”Don’t worry, it was planned, we’re just awaiting permission to go to parliament,” said a UKIP spokesman in an attempt to rouse the troops.After a few anxious minutes, the Farage barge was once again headed for Westminster.-‘Fishermen are independent people’Friendly trawlers, some that had sailed down from Scotland, displayed banners proclaiming “Fishing for leave”, “Let’s put the Great back into Britain”, while Union Jacks blew in the wind.”Fishermen are naturally independent people and they understand independence,” explained Ray Finch.However, there was to be no plain sailing with more protests from “Remain” supporters targetting the flotilla.On arrival at Big Ben, it was greeted by a huge banner displaying the words: “Don’t let Farage sink Britain, vote remain”, while Geldof continued his verbal assault.”The truth is coming Nigel, you’re a liar, look at us! have another pint and look at us!” demanded the singer.Farage declined the invitation, and instead focussed his gaze on parliament to deliver a final message.”I want people to realise that the battle lines of this referendum are ordinary folk and their communities up against the big establishment in Westminster.”END