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Pupils get to question UKIP chief

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NIGEL Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, was challenged on issues including gay marriage during a visit to a county school.

The Euro MP was invited to Wheatley Park School on Friday following a request from economics A-Level students.

About 100 pupils and students filled the sixth form library to hear Mr Farage following previous talks from members of other parties.

The anti-European Union politician hit back at Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron’s recent comment that UKIP members were “pretty odd”.

The former city trader said: “Compared to Clegg, Cameron and Miliband I am pretty odd. Unlike them I have had a job for 20 years in the real world.”

He added: “I love Europe. It is the most fascinating continent on the planet.

“But this does not mean we should take all the countries in Europe and form them into one. That is the very opposite of freedom and democracy.”

Asked if he supported gay marriage, Mr Farage said he is “not vehemently against” it, but was surprised it has been given such attention by other parties.

Jackson Cole, 18, questioned Mr Farage’s view that “bully boys in Brussels” forced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi out of office.

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The youngster suggested allegations about sex scandals “meant he had to go”.

Mr Farage joked: “That in Italy is not necessarily as bad as it is here.”

Economics student Beth Jeremy, 17, said afterwards: “I heard some interesting things but felt a lot of it was scaremongering, particularly when he warned about the EU being combined as one state.”

Mr Farage said: “They asked some excellent and challenging questions.”

In 2010’s General Election UKIP came fifth out of seven in Oxford East with 2.3 per cent of votes, fourth out of six in Oxford West and Abingdon with 2.7 per cent of votes, fifth out of 10 in Witney with 3.5 per cent of votes and fourth out of six in Banbury with five per cent of votes.

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4:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

John Batey says...

Why is the past election record of relevance in this piece? Farage is a leader of a political party and he was (presumably) asked to speak to students in that role. Even if he were a communist or redneck conservative that would not matter and implying (as the last paragraph appears to do) that he was somehow irrelevant because of this is bad journalism.
I am not a UKIP supporter but I like democracy.

John C Batey.
Why is the past election record of relevance in this piece? Farage is a leader of a political party and he was (presumably) asked to speak to students in that role. Even if he were a communist or redneck conservative that would not matter and implying (as the last paragraph appears to do) that he was somehow irrelevant because of this is bad journalism. I am not a UKIP supporter but I like democracy. John C Batey. John Batey
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4:58pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

And why John, when they have very relevant policies regarding the standing of the UK in Europe, amongst many, does the story start off about Gay Marriage? Is somebody (or party) running scared, and the slur campaigns starting early.
And why John, when they have very relevant policies regarding the standing of the UK in Europe, amongst many, does the story start off about Gay Marriage? Is somebody (or party) running scared, and the slur campaigns starting early. Grunden Skip
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5:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

And why John, when they have very relevant policies regarding the standing of the UK in Europe, amongst many, does the story start off about Gay Marriage? Is somebody (or party) running scared, and the slur campaigns starting early.
And why John, when they have very relevant policies regarding the standing of the UK in Europe, amongst many, does the story start off about Gay Marriage? Is somebody (or party) running scared, and the slur campaigns starting early. Grunden Skip
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8:33am Wed 16 Jan 13

King Joke says...

John Batey wrote:
Why is the past election record of relevance in this piece? Farage is a leader of a political party and he was (presumably) asked to speak to students in that role. Even if he were a communist or redneck conservative that would not matter and implying (as the last paragraph appears to do) that he was somehow irrelevant because of this is bad journalism. I am not a UKIP supporter but I like democracy. John C Batey.
It was an issue one of the students challenged him about, and it's been much discussed in the press recently. If it's a story about a debate with electors, then it's relevant to cover the issues those electors raise in the debate.
[quote][p][bold]John Batey[/bold] wrote: Why is the past election record of relevance in this piece? Farage is a leader of a political party and he was (presumably) asked to speak to students in that role. Even if he were a communist or redneck conservative that would not matter and implying (as the last paragraph appears to do) that he was somehow irrelevant because of this is bad journalism. I am not a UKIP supporter but I like democracy. John C Batey.[/p][/quote]It was an issue one of the students challenged him about, and it's been much discussed in the press recently. If it's a story about a debate with electors, then it's relevant to cover the issues those electors raise in the debate. King Joke
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9:11am Wed 16 Jan 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

It's not where you come from, it's where you're going. Does anyone doubt that UKIP will get more votes in future elections? And David Cameron's sudden interest in a referendum on Europe - is he afraid of being outflanked by Mr Farage? I will vote for UKIP because the main three parties have failed. Can he do worse?
It's not where you come from, it's where you're going. Does anyone doubt that UKIP will get more votes in future elections? And David Cameron's sudden interest in a referendum on Europe - is he afraid of being outflanked by Mr Farage? I will vote for UKIP because the main three parties have failed. Can he do worse? Milkbutnosugarplease
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