If the 2016 U.S. presidential election was an earthquake, the 2016 Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom was a warning tremor. In both cases, victory went to the forgotten people, who didn’t do what they were told by the elites.
Brexit was the result of a decades-long campaign by UK skeptics of the globalist scheme to integrate Great Britain with the European continent. They warned that the European Union's impenetrable bureaucracy would take on a life of its own, and that Britons would no longer be masters of their own house.
And they were right.
Add in the terror of radical Islam, and Angela Merkel’s open-borders experiment, and you had a perfect storm. The man of the hour was Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, the UK Independence Party. His brilliant videos from his seat in the European Parliament inspired countless Brits to learn why the EU was a bad deal, and to find the courage to break free of it.
UKIP started rising in the polls. The ruling Conservative Party thought they’d take the wind of its sails by pre-emptively calling a referendum on the matter — and to their shock, and that of the fancy people — Brits voted for Brexit, the "British Exit."
Farage left the party, his chief goal now accomplished.
Since then, UKIP has had a series of leaders, none of whom have endured or found success; the party has fallen in the polls and had financial difficulties.
But maybe it has found its feet again, with the leadership of Gerard Batten, a colleague of Farage who has been in the UKIP trenches for more than 20 years, and serves with Farage in the European Parliament as a UKIP MEP.
At first, I didn’t at first pay much attention, until I saw him consorting with our former reporter, Tommy Robinson, in the UK — and publicly standing up for Tommy, after his arrest.
That’s more courage that you normally see in a politician.
So today we bring you a special show — a full length feature interview with Gerard Batten, the new leader of the UKIP Party.