In an interview with Alex Kane for Lisburn's 98FM, Nigel Farage has compared himself to Charles Darwin, Galileo and... Michael O'Leary of Ryanair.
In an interview with Alex Kane for Lisburn’s 98FM, Nigel Farage has compared himself to Charles Darwin, Galileo and… Michael O’Leary of Ryanair.
Kane was meeting the UKIP leader in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast, and when he asked Farage how it felt for his party to be described as the middle class British National Party (BNP), Farage replied:
“If you challenge consensus, whether it’s in science, politics or business, all through the ages of man the first technique is to try and laugh you off for being a bunch of nutcases. They did it to Galileo, they did it to Darwin, they did it to O’Leary from Ryanair. This is how it works. So to be mocked and derided is not unusual.”
So is Farage really standing on the shoulders of giants? Let’s have a look…
Galileo was accused of heresy in 1614 for his support for the theory that the sun was at the centre of the solar system. This was revolutionary at a time when most people believed the Earth was in this central position (BBC History).
Darwin was a British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution and transformed the way we think about the natural world (BBC History)
Former commodities trader in the City, Farage is a founding member of UKIP who spends his spare time touring World War I battlefields with a group of friends who call themselves “Farage’s Foragers”.