Nigel Farage branded ‘enemy of the NHS’ as giant mural appears on Blackpool beach | UK | News

June 20, 2024
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Politician Nigel Farage is in Blackpool today – and has received a chilling welcome as local activists have left him a strong message on the beach in the form of a giant mural.

Led By Donkeys, a political campaign group initially established in December 2018 as an anti-Brexit group, shared a video on their social media of a large sand painting of Farage’s face on Blackpool beach.

When the camera zooms out, an accompanying text next to Farage can be seen. It reads: “Nigel Farage, friend of Putin, enemy of the NHS.”

“I was asked a couple of months ago which world leader did I admire, and I said Vladimir Putin, as an operator”, the Reform UK leader can be heard saying as the video plays.

Another Mr Farage quote plays over the footage, saying: “I think we’re going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare. Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value through the marketplace of an insurance company.”

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

During a BBC election debate, Mr Farage recently asserted that the NHS should be scrapped in its current form.

Responding to a question from the audience about ensuring a fully functioning NHS, Mr Farage argued that the “NHS model isn’t working” and claimed that additional investment would not solve the issues. He emphasised that “the model through which we fund health is wrong.”

Faced with accusations that he intended to privatise the NHS, Mr Farage responded by stating that we need to “change the model.”

In 2014, when asked which world leader he most admired, Nigel Farage made the remark used in the Blackpool Beach audio.

Earlier this month, when asked to clarify his comments about the Russian President, whom Mr Farage has since labelled a “murderous dictator”, the Reform UK leader responded: “How many years has he been in power? You know, he’s gone from Prime Minister to President. He’s a clever political operator.”

The politician, 60, who is also standing for the Clacton-on-Sea seat in the upcoming General Election, headed to Blackpool on Thursday to deliver a public speech.

Mr Farage unveiled a new Reform UK campaign poster before heading to the Imperial Hotel on North Promenade for a sold-out event starting at 6 p.m. He is expected to take the stage at 7 p.m.

Reform UK, founded in 2021 as a re-launch of the Brexit Party, has grown in popularity in the polls, primarily at the expense of the Conservatives.

The party gained its first MP in March when former Tory Lee Anderson defected following his suspension over comments he made about London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Reform UK aims to “stand up for British culture, identity, and values”, with campaign promises that include freezing immigration, ‘stopping the boats,’ restoring law and order, cutting taxes, slashing energy bills, and unlocking economic growth.



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