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An important moment, or what felt like one, happened today during the Farage/Cable Telegraph debate. Farage said the goal of the Brexit party was to gain power at Westminister. 1/
One of his objectives was a vague series of reforms to ‘the political system’. He mentioned the House of Lords, but also getting rid of the electoral commission. In other words, he announced, on live air, that he wants to abolish institutions 2/
That hold him to account if he acts illegally. This is a key moment. It comes from someone who supported a candidate whose campaign slogan, ‘lock her up’, was about imprisoning a political opponent, and who openly supports Orbán 3/
And a Bannonist alliance between authoritarian nationalists. The chair of the debate did not call him out, and Cable responded as if Farage had made a legitimate point about constitutional reform. 4/
I don’t blame Cable, he probably hadn’t anticipated Farage saying this, and I can see that he didn’t want to get side tracked. But it feels like an important moment. 5/
Farage was announcing his intentions. He does not believe in open, pluralistic democracies with functioning checks on power. He believes in unchecked power legitimated by ‘the people’. This needs to be called out. /end
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