Two of Farage's great great granparents were penniless migrants who came to this country in search of a better life. I wonder what they would make of their ridiculous descendant.
Yes it's in my book. Farage's immigrant great great grandparents were the Schrods from Germany. That far back we have 16 great grandparents and it's likely that many a rabid Brexiter (like all if us) has immigrant ancestors... fairly recently... that they know nothing about.
Families edit out the uncomfortable bits in their past - they ignore the relatives that don't fit the narratives they tell about themselves. I call it the FFS - the fake family saga…

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19 Jul
Dipping into Farage on #GBnews - and it's genuinely boring. Like watching a potato on a broken conveyor belt.
Same problem with the rest of their output. No drama. It's an echo chamber
He's doing radio on tv.
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10 Jul
I really like Gareth Southgate, but these ridiculous comments show that English exceptionalism, fake history and frankly... bullshit run deep.
This country's obsessed with a war hardly anyone can remember... and worse... we've got it so very wrong.
Oh God it gets worse: "Southgate, whose grandfather served in the Royal Marines during the Second World War"
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4 Jul
Giving the NHS a George Cross is so WW2, so utterly unimaginative, so very Boris Johnson - so school of the empty pit of ideas. Give the NHS staff proper respect and a pay rise instead. That would mean something.
So easy to indulge in gestures. So much harder to actually reward people for their hard work and sacrifice.
A George Cross costs about £10 to make. Yes it's a very high award etc etc... but this is the cheapest gimmick of the pandemic so far.
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3 Jul
If you're in your local @Waterstones today keep your eyes peeled.
Unfashionably... I did all the work myself
Yes it's @WaterstonesPicc for the curious
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26 Jun
Earlier this week I sat down with Adrian Goldberg to discuss my book - Fake History, the truth about Winston Churchill and how great myths of exceptionalism have forged the politics of modern Britain. Listen here.. if you like…
Two weeks since the book came out and so far I've had just one small clarification from a University history department... obviously if you write a book called Fake History you're kind of drawing a massive target on your head... and asking for trouble
If you want to avail yourselves of a copy - grab it while you can. On all good websites now including:

Amazon audible:…
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18 Jun
Spanish word of the day is - CACA #CheshamAndAmersham
Thanks to the many people who told me this and my daughter who confirmed it to me on the way to her Spanish test
Presumably the derivative of "cack" as in a "load of old cack"
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