Boats Crisis Proves Boon for Farage’s Ratings

On Saturday at the GB News Christmas party, Angelos Frangopoulos told the assembled crowd that 2022 proved the year Sky News lost its crown as the No. 1 most-watched commercial news channel. 2023 will no doubt shape up to be another good year for the channel, though the illegal immigration crisis is already proving fantastic for views.

Last night Nigel Farage hit a whopping 187,500 viewers 15 minutes into his show, with an average of 148,400. Not far off the 208,000 record Farage set with his Trump interview. Thrashing the BBC’s 78,000, Sky’s 26,000 and TalkTV’s 1,800.

It’s not just Farage pulling in big audiences, however. Across prime time, GB News averaged 96,600 viewers, compared with 89,000 for the BBC, 45,500 for Sky, and 19,600 for TalkTV. Here’s to another stonking year for GBN in 2023…

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Tory MP Defection Talks with Reform UK Occurred Before PM Rishi

Tory MPs in talks with Richard Tice and Nigel Farage’s party to defect have been ongoing for many weeks, Guido understands.

Contrary to suggestions in an i exclusive on Monday, discussions occurred well before Liz Truss become PM, and weren’t necessarily sparked by Rishi Sunak’s ascension to No. 10. Guido’s not sure whether this will reassure or worry Rishi…

Two days ago, The i reported that Red Wall MPs are “being courted by the Reform Party as it seeks a wave of Ukip-style defections among dissatisfied Tories,” Tice told the paper:

“I think it’s fair to say, without saying too much, that there’s some very disaffected ‘Red Wall’, industrial heartland, Tory MPs who thought they were joining a Conservative Party and have found themselves in a socialist party. They’re very, very unhappy.”

Guido understands a handful are responding positively, given the ongoing migrant crisis and failures by the Government. If Farage does return to the fray, and the Government fails to address the migrant crisis effectively, Rishi could be facing a major headache.

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Farage Promises to Take “Active Role” to Prevent Brexit Betrayal

Comeback King Nigel Farage has again hinted at yet another return to the frontline of British politics. Last night, the inboxes of Reform UK supporters were hit with a bulletin from Mr Brexit, in which he says whether he takes a more active role in UK politics “will depend on the extent of the betrayal of Brexit”. He adds:

“I didn’t spend 25 years of my life battling to secure a seemingly hopeless cause only to watch Jeremy Hunt give it away”

Nigel’s intervention comes amid an uptick in Reform UK’s fortunes. The party is gaining in the polls, is taking members from the Conservatives and plans to stand a full slate of candidates at the next election. With news of record immigration and potential Brexit betrayal, the tide may be running in Nigel’s favour…

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Farage Hints at Political Return as Reform Membership Surges

Reform UK have been quick to capitalise on the growing dissatisfaction amongst Tory Members over the coronation of Rishi Sunak. The party has gained over 1,056 members in the past 36 hours in addition to 6-figure donations over the last week. It also boasts over 500 vetted candidates and claims to be election-ready. Quite the headache for the new Prime Minister…

Guido spoke to Reform’s founder and sole shareholder Nigel Farage. When asked if he would step in and help lead the party, he responded:

“That’s the great mystery. All options are open”

Watch that space…

Even without one of the most successful political campaigners of recent British history as an opponent, Rishi faces significant internal problems. The Prime Minister was far from the favourite of Tory grassroots supporters and they’re not letting the absence of a contest prevent their grievances being heard. Not least in Guido’s inbox.

There was yet more evidence of a membership mass exodus as the page for membership cancellation on the Conservatives’ website went down due to high traffic yesterday. One fiery activist was especially keen to convey their discontent to Guido, even going so far as to tape a piece of paper to a rusty bin. Co-conspirators are clearly harbouring some burning resentment…

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Nigel Farage Chats Over a Pint With Guido’s Editor
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Clash of the Titans: Farage Challenges Boris to Boxing Fight

With Liz Truss versus Tom Newton Dunn, and Mick Lynch versus Grant Shapps packing the undercard, SW1’s Fight Night final now has its main event: Prime Ministerial prizefighter Boris Johnson taking on the Brexit Bruiser Nigel Farage. Speaking at The O2 Arena over the weekend after YouTuber KSI’s back-to-back victories in the ring, Farage was asked if he could ever see himself lacing up a pair of gloves. While he claimed his age might limit his potential, he admitted he has got one opponent in mind:

“Oh, I could deal with [Boris]… Boris, if you’re listening now, let’s do it.”

As of next week, Boris will have a bit more time on his hands. Time to pump some iron and get training. Nige is waiting…

Hat-tip: Caoimhe Delaire Staines
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