Twitter Hits Back at 'Career Politician' Nigel Farage

Twitter has hit back at Nigel Farage after the former UKIP leader, who is also a veteran member of the European parliament and seven times Westminster candidate, said he hated "career politicians."

On Wednesday night (December 13) following a defeat of the government on Brexit legislation by the Labour party, the SNP, and a group of Tory rebels, Farage tweeted: "My contempt for career politicians knows no bounds."

But online wags didn't waste time in pointing out that epithet could be applied to Farage himself.

Farage has long made a career out of railing against the establishment. As he campaigned for UKIP, he used to describe himself and his party as the "fox in the Westminster henhouse" and the "people's army."

The anti-EU campaigner was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999, and now holds a senior role in the assembly, sitting as Chair of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, a pan-European set of parties allied with Farage's UKIP.

The MEP first ran for the Westminster parliament in 1994, where he took 1.72 percent of the vote in the Eastleigh by-election. He most recently contested the seat of South Thanet, Kent, in 2015, where he won 32.4 percent but was beaten by the Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay.

Farage has also gained a substantial media profile over his time in politics. He has written for national newspapers including the Independent and the Express, appeared frequently on major broadcasters, and currently hosts his own phone-in show on the radio station LBC.

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Nigel Farage speaks at a press conference of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Berlin, September 8, 2017. Farage has lashed out at "career politicians." Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo/Reuters