Week 16: Prat – Nigel Farage

by Jackie_South on April 23, 2016

UKIP_PratThe UKIP leader again wins our Prat of the Week award for outstanding idiocy

We learned something new about the Brexit-ers this week: they are pretty ignorant of history, particularly US history.

We had the increasingly ridiculous Boris Johnson accuse Barack Obama of hypocrisy for making the case for the UK to remain in the EU. He claimed that the USA “wouldn’t dream of sharing their sovereignty”.

A quick look in the history books would have told Boris that is precisely what 13 newly independent states did in the 1780s to form the United States in the first place.

But even dafter was Nigel Farage’s intervention regarding the presidential visit. He claimed that Obama was “the most anti-British American president there has ever been”.

Really? The first American president, George Washington, successfully fought the War of Independence against us – an act that meant he was regarded as a traitor by the British, as were the next three presidents of the nation. One of them, James Monroe, was also seriously wounded in that war by the British in the Battle of Trenton.

The third president, Thomas Jefferson, fell out with Washington, John Adams and the Federalists (and created the Democratic-Republican Party as a result) partly because he thought they were too willing to work with Britain.

His successor, James Madison, went further and declared war on Britain – resulting in the British burning down the White House and Francis Scott Key composing The Star Spangled Banner after the bombardment of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.

But Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, really hated the British – with some good reason. Aged 13, his older brother died fighting them in the War of Independence, whilst Jackson was captured, almost starved to death, caught smallpox and was permanently scarred when a British officer slashed his hand and head with a sword for refusing to clean the officer’s boots. Before the war was out, his other brother and mother had also died.

It was a hatred that shaped his career. He gained national fame by beating a superior British force at the Battle of New Orleans with a ragbag force of Tennessee volunteers, local Louisianans and pirates. He almost blew this when, acting against orders in Florida, he summarily executed a couple of British merchants in the Seminole War. He only got off because President Monroe and secretary of state John Qunicy Adams decided to go gung-ho with the British rather than eat humble pie.

Whilst Jackson probably is the president who hated the British most, there were others who probably hated us a lot more than surely even Farage thinks Obama did. President number 9 (William Henry Harrison) believed that the British connived with native Americans to spark their unrest whilst he was governor of Indiana and fought the British in the War of 1812. James Polk (the eleventh president) threatened war against the UK over the Oregon Territory and Millard Fillmore (the thirteenth) mobilised warships to protect American shipping interests against the Royal Navy.

Fillmore’s successor, Franklin Pierce, expelled British diplomats. Post Civil War president Andrew Johnson tried to sue the British government for selling gunships to the Confederates. Grover Cleveland stood up for the Venezuelans in their border dispute with Britain over Guyana and Benjamin Harrison seized British ships. Relations between the USA and the UK did not really become truly cordial until the Spanish-American War at the end of the nineteenth century.

In contrast to all these early presidents, Barack Obama has never gone to war with Britain, threatened to go to war with Britain or executed a British citizen after holding a kangaroo court. He has not been either almost killed by the British or left physically scarred by them.

Nigel Farage is clearly the most ignorant of prats for suggesting that Obama might hate us more than any of them.

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