UK Party Leader Attacks Satirical Mobile Game Made By Teenagers Interested In Politics

from the well-okay-then dept

Nigel Farage, head of the British political party UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), is certainly an interesting character. UKIP is something akin to a vastly more organized version of the Tea Party here in the United States, in that their policies are typically further to the right of the more common conservatives within the political system. Farage is known to be controversial, to say the least, in part because of some opposition to his party's policies (which probably applies to most leaders of political parties in general), but more so because he often times enjoys getting in front of reporters and cameras and doing really stupid things, such as going ad hominem on a group of politically-minded teenagers who created a satirical mobile game jabbing at UKIP's policies.
A phone app made by school students and featuring a character called Nicholas Fromage kicking immigrants off the white cliffs of Dover has been criticised by the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage. Farage claimed the game, developed by a group of sixth-formers from Canterbury Academy, was “risible and pathetic” and that it had “crossed the line”, despite saying he welcomed the opinions of young people.
The game, which is again clearly parody, is a cartoonish jab at some of UKIP's policies with regards to immigration. Without taking any stand on the issues being discussed by the game, it seems almost too facile to point out that Farage's taking on of the students, particularly going so far as to call their efforts "risible and pathetic", is ill-conceived at best. To leave those attacks with a footer claiming to welcome the input of younger generations simply serves to spotlight how dumb this is. Open dialogue ought to be a politician's best friend, particularly for the leader of a self-ascribed libertarian-leaning party. The school where the teenagers developed the game, thankfully, has the children's backs.
But the school’s principal, Phil Karnavas, has defended the app, which he says is a bit of fun to celebrate “brilliant, traditional British satire”.

"It’s a bit rich, bearing in mind some of the things the members of Ukip have said, for their leader to say they have crossed the line. Mr Farage can’t have it both ways. He cannot expect young people to engage in politics and then criticise what they say when they do.”
Imagine instead if the footer had been the entirety of Farage's response. What if he had simply said that he welcomes the input of younger Brits and suggested that political interest from the young is a good thing? After all, for all of the ribbing in the game, some of it quite sharp, the whole thing was framed by a disclaimer that the point was to create political dialogue. For Farage to pretend like some kind of line was crossed simply makes him look more childish than the children he attacked.
[Farage] said: “Those elements are risible and in many ways pathetic. I think I’m quite well known for having a sense of humour."
Pro-tip: if you have to tell a reporter about how everyone knows you have a great sense of humor, you don't have a great sense of humor.

Filed Under: apps, children, humor, immigration, nicholas fromage, nigel farage, satire, teenagers, ukik, ukip


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    dfed (profile), 24 Dec 2014 @ 7:33pm

    I can hear Nigel Farage's inner thoughts now:

    "BAH! What do these kids know! It's not like they can twitter their way to being the Mayor of London or something!"

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Dec 2014 @ 7:42pm

    So how long is it going to be before Farage meets Streisand?

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    That One Guy (profile), 24 Dec 2014 @ 7:43pm

    Simple mistake

    You see, when he said he 'welcomed the opinions of young people', all he really meant was he welcomed their votes, as long as those votes were for him and those in his party. He didn't actually want them to, you know, share their opinions on anything.

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      PaulT (profile), 29 Dec 2014 @ 3:13am

      Re: Simple mistake

      Like most xenophobes and hardcore right-wingers, he welcomes any exercise of free speech that he happens to agree with. Opinions that differ from his own preconceived notions are to be feared and rejected, doubly so when new technology is utilised to make them. Subtlety and satire are beyond his ability to comprehend (even satire as unsubtle as this).

      He's probably just frustrated that he can't blame this one on immigrants, his go-to scapegoat for everything up to and including him being late for public appearances (yes, really).

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        Mason Wheeler (profile), 29 Dec 2014 @ 10:55am

        Re: Re: Simple mistake

        Like most politicians, he welcomes any exercise of free speech that he happens to agree with. Opinions that differ from his own preconceived notions are to be feared and rejected, doubly so when new technology is utilised to make them.

        FTFY.

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          PaulT (profile), 30 Dec 2014 @ 2:43am

          Re: Re: Re: Simple mistake

          Oh, it applies to politicians for sure, no matter the party, but I've seen many pathetic non-politicians of that ilk acting the same way.

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    sorrykb (profile), 24 Dec 2014 @ 8:35pm

    But the school’s principal, Phil Karnavas, has defended the app, which he says is a bit of fun to celebrate “brilliant, traditional British satire”.

    I'm pleasantly surprised to see a principal who appreciates satire (and freedom of expression). That's good news.

    Also of note (from the school's "principal introduction" page):
    All I ever really wanted to do was to create a school that I would have liked to have gone to, in which children are happy, safe and excel.

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    David, 24 Dec 2014 @ 10:20pm

    Which reminds me

    You know what else is in many ways pathetic?

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    TruthHurts (profile), 24 Dec 2014 @ 11:44pm

    This slides, yet another ill-timed comedian is imprisoned...

    Yes the joke was ill-timed, and crude, but was still a joke.

    So what does the U.K. do? Arrest the person because he has a sick sense of humor.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/12/23/glasgow-crash-tweet_n_6371428.html

    While here, they let things slide.

    Interesting choices indeed.

    Nice to know the U.K. is consistent in it's... erk - wait, no it isn't. If one slides, the other certainly should as well.

    Time for someone to kick the U.K. leadership in their collective arses, since it appears that's where they've stowed what they use for brains.

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    Steve, 25 Dec 2014 @ 3:02am

    oh come on, this is an invented story.

    A game no-one has every heard of, and looks like crap, is pushed in front of ukip to demand a responce. They say it's a bit pathetic , and then you invent some headlines around it.

    "UKIP ATTACKS GAME".

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      nasch (profile), 27 Dec 2014 @ 8:42am

      Re:

      oh come on, this is an invented story.

      By "invented", do you mean someone came up with the words, or that the events described didn't actually happen? Or something else?

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      PaulT (profile), 29 Dec 2014 @ 3:20am

      Re:

      "A game no-one has every heard of"

      So, only popular speech is to be protected now?

      "and looks like crap"

      Only a fool thinks that the graphics of a game is in any way related to its quality, doubly so if the point of a game is to make a political point. Is political speech only valid if it looks pretty now?

      "then you invent some headlines around it."

      Which part of the headline is inaccurate?

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    jameshogg (profile), 25 Dec 2014 @ 4:00am

    I'm from the U.K. Farage is a professional troll (seriously, Google his name and tell me that doesn't look like a troll face) along with the rest of UKIP. They steal right-wing votes from the mainstream right-wing Tory conservative party because UKIP sees the Tories as being too warm and cosy with Europe.

    They are a bunch of separatist lunatics who want to blame all of Britain's woes on the European Union. We already have a separatist movement in my home country of Scotland in the form of Scottish nationalist separatism. Enough problems as it is, without these British nationalist separatists adding to them.

    We seriously need a party committed to state unity over state amputation that is anti-nationalist and pro-internationalist. And we haven't got one. The closest thing we've had to such a global movement in recent history were the international socialists that were hostile to U.S. imperialism and Soviet Union imperialism alike. It died when socialism died, and all the nationalist cracks are appearing as a result (as well as bullshit alliances between the so-called "left" and far-right extremist Islamist movements).

    The Simpsons can still on rare occasion be funny during their long-prolonged new episodes that just don't seem to end. This is a joke I saw that sums up UKIP and their sympathisers perfectly. Mr Burns has a memory lapse and has to be educated by Smithers on the history of Europe:

    Mr Burns: What happened?

    Smithers: World War One.

    Mr Burns: Then what?

    Smithers: Treaty of versailles

    Mr Burns: Then what?

    Smithers: World War Two.

    Mr Burns: Then what?

    Smithers: Cold War.

    Mr Burns: Then what?

    Smithers: Fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Mr Burns: THEN what?

    Smithers: European Union.

    Mr Burns: European UNION?!? Good heavens.

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      Anonymous Coward, 26 Dec 2014 @ 10:25am

      Re:

      >pro-internationalist

      Globalist scum.

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      PaulT (profile), 29 Dec 2014 @ 3:24am

      Re:

      "Farage is a professional troll"

      Which would be all well and good if he hadn't managed to con people into voting his party some actual parliamentary speech. Given that his party has some actual leverage in the running of the country (whoever small that might currently be), his ideas need to be publicly revealed, mocked and countered. Simply ignoring the xenophobic idiocy isn't going to work at this point, unfortunately.

      Sadly, a party running on the positive counterpoint to his party's obsessions isn't going to be so effective. His base are the people who think that Daily Mail headlines are accurate - not the brightest or most intellectually curious bunch.

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    vineet, 25 Dec 2014 @ 7:14am

    thats bollocks!!

    Come on! I dont see why such a fuss has to be created. The whole story seems foggy and unworthy of attention

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    tqk (profile), 25 Dec 2014 @ 7:34am

    We seriously need a party committed to state unity over state amputation that is anti-nationalist and pro-internationalist.

    internationalist: a member or adherent of a communist or socialist International.[*]

    That train left the station. Hell, let's go back to city states. They were more controllable.

    [*] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Internationalist

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      nasch (profile), 27 Dec 2014 @ 8:50am

      Re:

      internationalist: a member or adherent of a communist or socialist International.

      He was probably thinking of this definition:

      internationalism:
      n.
      2. A policy or practice of cooperation among nations, especially in politics and economic matters.

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    plebeian, 25 Dec 2014 @ 8:54am

    Ukip are tories, pretending to be plebs to con plebs into voting tories.

    TORIES: get poor people to blame poorer people.
    too many poor people strugling in the UK now
    UKIP: get poor people to blame immigrants and immigration.


    Don't blame tories for cuts. Don't blame tories for austar ity. Don't blame tories for lowering taxes on the rich. Don't blame tories for raising vat. Don't blame tories for low inerest rates and high inflation.


    NO, don't blame tories for ideologically making poor people poorer.....blame immigrants.
    That's ukip. Ukip are literally tories. That is a fact.

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      Max Waller (profile), 25 Dec 2014 @ 8:34pm

      Re: Nigel Farage and the UKIP

      Thought-Provoking!

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      Anonymous Coward, 26 Dec 2014 @ 10:31am

      Re:

      Tories, in Canada must be quite the same as in the UK then. Although I doubt Harper would form a coalition with the NDP (the official opposition which is more left than the Liberal party, although they removed all "socialist" parts to their party constitution) which that creep Cameron did.

      But yes those who vote conservative unless in the 1% vote against their interests, that seems a universal rule. Except in Reverseland, er, australia, where the Liberal party is "Conservative", and there's no Conservative party.

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    Max Waller (profile), 25 Dec 2014 @ 8:26pm

    regarding the United Kingdom Independent Party

    I admire the courage of the British students that developed a game application that exposes the true nature of the political party U.K.I.P. [United Kingdom Independent Party.

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    Max Waller (profile), 25 Dec 2014 @ 10:35pm

    Nigel Farage and UKIP

    Official and Unofficial Censorship Practices Are Everywhere.!

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    PopeRatzo (profile), 26 Dec 2014 @ 4:31am

    thin-skin

    Scratch every tough-guy politician and you find an emotional light-weight who can't handle the merest criticism.

    You probably also find a pedophile, but that's a different story.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Dec 2014 @ 5:07am

    So, ......THERES NO ONE WORTH VOTING FOR THEN

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    Not so quick, 26 Dec 2014 @ 5:25am

    Fake libertarian

    Farage is not libertarian, he's a "my tribe first" kind of nationalist. He thinks in terms of groups and countries instead of individuals.

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    Thrudd, 26 Dec 2014 @ 5:41am

    control is what it's all about

    That's just it. It is far easier to control a group than it is individuals because the group mind is far slower and stupider than any average individual.

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    Takelmeifter, 26 Dec 2014 @ 3:56pm

    Not really surprised

    It's really not surprising, he blamed immigrants for the traffic that delayed his attendance of a drinks reception

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), 26 Dec 2014 @ 4:22pm

    "He cannot expect young people to engage in politics and then criticise what they say when they do.”
    Why the heck not?

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      nasch (profile), 27 Dec 2014 @ 9:09am

      Re:

      Why the heck not?

      That wasn't really phrased well. It's not that he criticized what they said - he didn't really address what they said. He criticized them for saying it. That's what's inappropriate.

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    Sheogorath (profile), 27 Dec 2014 @ 3:24pm

    I actually followed the link to the article about the game so I could find out what it's called and search Google Play for it, then saw that it wants phone ID permission. Nice hypocrisy of the makers to want the freedom to satirise a political figure yet they refuse the rest of us basic privacy. Ukik deserves to get pulled for that alone!

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 29 Dec 2014 @ 10:56am

    Risible.

    I had to look that word up. Apparently it means something that's intended to cause laughter.

    Why does that make it despicable in the eyes of this politician dude?

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