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Should Nigel Farage be ennobled in the House of Lords?

There are calls for Nigel Farage to be made a Lord and take his place as a peer in the upper house.

When the Tory/Lib Dem coalition was ruling they stated that appointments to the Lords should be made “with the objective of creating a second chamber that is reflective of the share of the vote secured by the political parties in the last general election”. UKIP had four million votes in the last election (and was the third largest party in the UK by votes cast), which was more than the Liberal Democrats who already have 104 peers in the Lords out of a total of 812 members.

Many Liberal Democrats are aghast at the thought of Nigel Farage in the Lords as they blame him for the Brexit vote. They also point out that despite UKIP having had four million votes it still only has one MP.

Supporters of Mr Farage joining the Lords say he has spent 17 years as an MEP and understands the European Union and would be able to positively contribute to the continuing debate on Brexit and other political issues. Others agree and say that the House of Lords appointments are supposed to reflect the most influential figures in society, in politics itself, the church, industry and science and Nigel Farage has been hugely influential in British politics.

What’s your view? Should Nigel Farage be made a Lord and take his place in Parliament. Or as David Cameron said, is UKIP full of “fruitcakes and loonies” and is Farage too reactionary for the Lords?

Should Nigel Farage be ennobled in the House of Lords?

686 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes Nigel should be made a Lord No - He should not

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gerryburne
13th Feb 2017
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The House of Lords is an anachronism. It is a hangover from times past that no longer provides value for money. Its members are not democratically elected and I would be surprised if Nigel Farage would accept the job if it was offered.
jeanniet
10th Feb 2017
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cloudless13
24th Dec 2016
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Dear Nigel
Love you or hate you as the public may vote. You have guts, drive and a vision to shake up this country, and you have done just that. It was time someone made a stand to make England great again, empower us all.

This gentleman does not need to be a Lord, it would not bode well with seeing him out fishing on the river back with his smoke in his mouth and a hip flask in readyness. Sadly he does not have a party anyone can take seriously, given time who knows yet without him at the top it will never happen.
Yodama
19th Nov 2016
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Nige, Britains secret weapon. Lot's to do for him.
I would hate for him to accept a peerage, doesn't sit well, he is the man of the people,brilliant. I would hate to lose him to America if Trump offers him a job.
Barton babe
11th Nov 2016
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Cameron said UKIP was full of fruitcakes and loonies, who's laughing now? Nigel would wake up the House of Lords no end, that would be worth televising.
gabrial
11th Nov 2016
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The house of lords is a unelected chamber and should be replaced by a much smaller elected h ouse
AliceC
11th Nov 2016
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Champagne Chick
8th Nov 2016
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Nigel Farage has campaigned for a long time to give the people of this country a choice and a say who should be in charge of this country. He has shouldered a great deal of criticism for his beliefs. The vote to leave the undemocratic EU proved that a majority of voters agreed with his views. We need someone who isn't stuffy and looking after their own interests to be within the H of L.
cloudless13
24th Dec 2016
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Rock on, how right is this. Well said.
Dadog
8th Nov 2016
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Doesn't strike me as fair to dump poor Nigel in amongst a load of dozy old duffers whose only interest is having a nap and getting paid for it!
Wilf
8th Nov 2016
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He may wake them up!!!
angharad
8th Nov 2016
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Am I wrong in thinking UKIP is of the people & for the people, well surely to be made a Lord would be against there principals, as I say could be wrong.
Lionel
8th Nov 2016
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Wilf
8th Nov 2016
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Maybe thats the idea-get Nigel to be a Lord and thereby discredit him as he likes to be thought of as the friendly chap in the pub with a pint and a fag!
Redestate
8th Nov 2016
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Yes I do! I am a lifelong member of the Conservative party, however I believe Nigel Farage dares to say what the people think! He would be an asset in the fusty old Lords chamber and certainly liven things up!
Dollie
8th Nov 2016
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Whats he done to deserve such a title!
Lionel
8th Nov 2016
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He doesn't deserve a peerage, but then in the House of Lords who does?

We have one of the most dynamic and committed people in the political arena in Farage, yet he is not a politician. He is at least, unlike our paid politicians, open, honest and transparent. Beat that Labour and Tory!

It's not so much an honour he deserves, no, they go to people retiring from the gladiatorial arena. People so often tainted by the establishment. It is a reward for dirty duties.

Farage must be brought much closer to the centre of government, to the centre of decision making about Europe. Few know Europe better than he and yet, as a convenience, he is sidelined.

OK, bring on the red thumbs.

Oh, and by the way, I'm not a member of UKIP!
Annie2406
8th Nov 2016
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Why is this a preposterous suggestion? The odious Peter Mandelson - he who was forced to resign TWICE from government then went off to Brussels to make a fortune for himself personally- was made a Lord when he should be in prison for fraudulent practices. Now that really is an appalling mis use of power! At least Nigel Farage gave the common people a chance to have their voices heard. There would have been no referendum without him. Time the remoaners got over the fact that they lost. Which bit of democracy don't they understand? The elite and the rich have had the kick up the pants they sorely needed. Thank you, Nigel, I finally have a voice!
Wilf
8th Nov 2016
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Yes I agree and look at some of the other MPs who have been disgraced-Keith Vaz for instance and now 150 MPs are voting for him to be on another committee. You couldn't make it up. I am not sure where the integrity of all these MPs is?
JohnHerb
8th Nov 2016
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Farage is a joke how on earth can he be a lord after the chaos he has caused. The Brexit campaign was full of misinformation about £350m per week that is being paid to the EU could go to the NHS? Well that will never happen. So let me get this right we have a man who is paid a fortune in Brussels for about 20 years causes total chaos in the UK...pound devalues...etc etc and then we want to make him a Lord? This country has lost the plot
MrsPat
7th Nov 2016
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Yes he certainly should, he is that rare politician who has a plan and sticks to it. He needs to wake up the old foogies in the House of Lords and get some energy in there. With Boris he is the only "character" in Parliament. The rest are as dull as dishwater-lukewarm water at that!
Lionel
7th Nov 2016
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MrsPat, may I humbly suggest, Farage would be better with a knighthood. He wouldn't be confined to the House of Lords but remain a loose canon, which is what he's always dine best!
Dollie
8th Nov 2016
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yup, '0ff with his head'!
Lionel
7th Nov 2016
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Oh dear, Sally, this is the question I have hoped you'd ask, but didn't think you would. But thank you for doing so; it will, I think, enliven the forum as did the referendum question four or five months ago.

Does Farage deserve a peerage. NO!

Why put him in the house of old fogeys who, because of their numbers, will never be heard of again? It's a nice political way of silencing him, but I doubt he would accept.

No, not a peerage but a knighthood. He might be sir Nigel Farage of Thanet South, that would stuff the Tories!

I'm sure my older sparring partner Roof Top Crow will have something to say about this question!

Come back Roof Top, all's forgiven or is it a case, now the battle is lost you've wimped out?

The offer to buy you a pint is still on the table.
MrsPat
7th Nov 2016
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I hate to differ from you Lionel but every other bloke in England now has a Knighthood. Didn't Cameron's male secretary get one...what a joke..how can he be in the same league as Sir Winston Churchill or Sir Francis Drake??? In my view Farage should get a Lordship...I saw in the papers one wag said he should be Lord Beer after the seaside village in Dorset-very apt! Yes he should be in the Lords. He would turn up and shake the place about. They need more people like him and maybe we would get some things done in this country instead of all the hot air and pontification!
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Glad you like it Lionel ... if there are any other questions you would like posed, please don't hesitate to contact me 🙂
MrsPat
7th Nov 2016
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How about should we have a snap election Sally?
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There is a Forum topic currently being discussed on the subject of a Snap Election Mrs Pat .. here is the link: https://www.silversurfers.com/silversurfers-forum/topic/snap-election-cards/ you are most welcome to join in there too 🙂
Lionel
7th Nov 2016
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Sally, I will, and I recall an offer back in July to pose questions. In my household things are not quite normal due to disease, so it will only ever be the odd question. But, thank you. It is appreciated.
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You are most welcome Lionel .. I hope all is better soon 🙂
MrsPat
7th Nov 2016
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Sorry to hear that Lionel and my best regards
Munsterlander
7th Nov 2016
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I saw this in the papers the other day and although it had not occurred to me before it does make total sense. Whatever you think of Nigel he is a character and has made some seismic changes in the political landscape in the UK. I did nt realise the Liberals have over 100 in the Lords and they have less support than UKIP in the UK so sack a few of them and put Farage in. At the very least he will wake a few of them up with his big mouth and at least he has an opinion and speaks his mind-which is more than most do in Parliament nowadays.

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