Is Nigel Farage Fit to be the Next US Ambassador?
With the Brexit Party leader mooted to take up the position of our Man in Washington, Byline Times has some important security and background checks for him.
Now that the veteran UK diplomat Kim Darroch has resigned following leaks about the US President and at Nigel Farage’s urging– and with Donald Trump openly saying that he would do a “great job” as ambassador – is it only a matter of time before the President’s pal Nigel Farage becomes UK ambassador to the US?
If it is, then Mr Farage will need all his famous tact, craft and diplomacy to conquer the greatest challenge of his life to date: the security clearance and background check.
First of all, he will have to be completely honest when answering all of the security, personal and business questions – with completely honest defined as not lying and not leaving anything out.
The following are some reasonable questions which should be put to Mr Farage as part of the process.
- Financial integrity should have forced Mr Farage to declare the £450,000 in expenses Mr Farage received from Arron Banks when he knew the Brexit Party leader was employed in the European Parliament. What happened?
- How did Mr Farage manage to pay up to £200,000 in EU office expenses and rent for an office in Bognor Regis that was rent-free?
- How did Mr Farage employ his then wife simultaneously as his MEP assistant in Brussels and as his UKIP office manager in Bognor Regis?
- As UKIP leader, Mr Farage was surely aware of similar misuse of expenses by seven other UKIP MEPs at the time. What did he do to punish or prevent this?
- Why did his Euro group only use £173,000 of EU expenses for Mr Farage’s failed Westminster election campaign?
Other Questions of Public Trust
- In 2010, Mr Farage’s name was mentioned in a media sting operation advising on how to circumvent electoral law by donating £25,000 anonymously to UKIP via ‘Global Britain’. What was the uptake on the advice?
- In 2014 it was reported that Mr Farage oversaw UKIP members being threatened, silenced, ignored or forced out of the party after questioning its use of EU allowances and donations similar to those above. Did he do anything to clear this up?
- Arron Banks and the Leave.EU campaign are both under investigation by the National Crime Agency for electoral wrongdoing during the 2016 EU Referendum. It would be a great help to the country if Mr Farage could discreetly reveal the source of his £8.5 milion Leave.EU donation. Has Mr Farage given evidence to the police?
- It is vital for an ambassador to be security minded. Why can’t Mr Farage’s Brexit Party PayPal funding system tell the difference between legal, permissible donations and illegal, impermissible ones?
- Why did Mr Farage meet Mark Deavin, of the British National Party, in 1997 just after he was expelled from UKIP for infiltrating Mr Farage’s party? Why was Tony “the bomber” LeComber, of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group, pictured at this meeting after he had served three years in prison for handling explosives and given another three years for stabbing a Jewish schoolteacher?
- As a public schoolboy, why did Mr Farage allegedly sing Hitler Youth songs marching through Dulwich and reportedly tell a Jewish school fellow ‘Hitler is right: Gas them all’. Has he entirely recanted of these views?
- As president of the Euro Parliament Group, Mr Farage formed alliances with MEPs who wanted racial segregation, were previously members of neo-Nazi groups, were Hitler apologists, and who had previously been impeached for being funded by Russians. Was it for love or money that Mr Farage welcomed these men?
- Was Mr Farage ever suspicious of seeing Kevin Ellul-Bonici in his EU offices, arriving with rucksacks stuffed with freshly printed propaganda from the Russian Embassy in Brussels?
- Ellul Bonici was uploading Mr Farage’s EU Parliament videos to YouTube, where Russian state actor RT was manipulating the video site’s algorithms to give him massive coverage. Is this news to him?
- Ellul Bonici and Russian nationals were captured on EU Parliament CCTV delivering propaganda to every MEP cubby hole against the Lithuanian President and Putin enemy Dalia Grybauskaitė. What was Mr Farage’s response to this?
- After the ‘Dalia’ incident, the Lithuanian Law and Justice Party suddenly committed to joining UKIP’s Europe Freedom Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, giving it the seven nationalities required to unlock EU expenses. Was this a welcome surprise?
- After the incident was discovered, Ellul-Bonici vanished on ‘sick leave’. On his return, the EFDD group ‘disciplined and dismissed’ him over the incident. Did Mr Farage think to ask him if his accomplices were from the Russian Embassy and if he himself was a Russian agent?
- Ellul Bonici accidentally sent an email to a newspaper from Mr Farage’s email account endorsing the virtues of his wife in her election bid and extending her an offer to be elected on the UKIP list. Mr Farage advised him to “sound more British” as he impersonated him on his email account. Did he have access to all of Mr Farage’s computer files and could he hold compromising material on the Brexit Party leader and have passed this to a foreign power?
- Mr Farage has known Kevin Ellul-Bonici’s wife Sharon Ellul Bonici for decades and she worked for him. Did she and Godfrey Bloom set up the Europe Freedom Alliance (EAF) party under Mr Farage’s direction to be another funding source?
- Did Sharon Ellul Bonici tell Mr Farage that the Maltese headquarters address of the EAF is also the same address as 219 ‘Paradise Papers’ offshore companies?
These lists aren’t exhaustive by any means. They do not touch on more recent relationships and the real interview will also star exciting characters such as Steve Bannon, Roger Stone and Julian Assange. And Mr Farage’s fishing trip with Vladimir Putin’s favourite Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
Unfortunately for Nigel Farage, “I’m a friend of Trump” won’t be the answer to any of these questions.
Byline Times has contacted the Brexit Party for a response.