It may not be the ambassadorship to Washington, or even to the EU, but Nigel Farage does finally have a steady job now he is no longer Ukip leader: presenting a radio talkshow four nights a week.
Farage – who is still officially an MEP though a largely absent one – is to host an hour-long programme four weekday evenings a week on LBC beginning from next Monday, the radio station has announced.
The Nigel Farage Show runs from Monday to Thursday, and will be presented variously from London or across the US or Europe, depending on Farage’s travels.
Farage stepped down as Ukip leader following the election of Diane James in September, although he was obliged to fill in again when she resigned after 18 days in the job.
When Paul Nuttall took over the post in November, Farage said he would definitely step back from frontline politics, saying he would instead focus on areas including broadcasting and his new interest in US politics.
Since then the former leader has been linked – admittedly mainly by himself and his close allies – with becoming the new ambassador to the US, replacing Sir Ivan Rogers as the envoy to the EU, or even joining the House of Lords. None of those has come to pass yet.
He has appeared regularly on the broadcast media, especially LBC, where he has attracted some headlines, notably last month when he accused the widower of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox of being associated with extremism.
Farage has previously stood in as a guest presenter on LBC, which began in the 1970s as a London-only station, but is now broadcast nationwide.
When Nick Clegg was deputy prime minister he presented a weekly call-in programme on LBC. Among Farage’s current co-presenters are Nick Ferrari, James O’Brien, and professional contrarian and attention-seeker Katie Hopkins.
Announcing Farage’s new show, LBC said the new presenter would “bring his inside knowledge, experience and grasp of world politics at a pivotal time in our history”.
Farage said: “If 2016 was exciting, then this year could be tumultuous, with President Trump, article 50, elections all over Europe and maybe a eurozone crash. I can’t wait to start my daily show on LBC and I invite listeners to agree with me or challenge me and together we can lead Britain’s conversation.”
In a tweet, Farage said the show would also feature an element he described as “my final nightly thought on the events of the day”.
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