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Farange Makes his own Exit

Another Brexit leader is making their own exit (via the BBC):  UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down.

So, Boris Johnson will not stand for the Prime Ministership and now Farange is quitting as leader of UKIP.  On the one hand, I can’t say that the UK is worse for either move, but it is striking that these two helped create a bit of a mess (to use a little Britishesque understatement) and now they are stepping away from dealing with it.

Profiles in courage, and all that.

(Or, at least, one gets the feeling that the dog caught the car and now doesn’t want to be bothered as to what to do with it.)

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. edunnicliff says:

    I have a feeling that this is Donald Trump’s secret mindset right now. He is great at building things up and than having them collapse on everybody involved but somehow he finds a way to still profit from it.

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  2. Jenos Idanian says:

    (Or, at least, one gets the feeling that the dog caught the car and now doesn’t want to be bothered as to what to do with it.)

    Alternately, he got into politics with one specific goal — get the UK out of the EU — and, now that he has achieved it, is going back to his life. He always said his goal was to put himself out of his job, and he succeeded.

    If he wanted to hang on to power, he could easily justify it as saying he is needed to oversee the proper dissolution. Instead, he’s voluntarily giving it up.

    Regardless of whether or not you agree with his beliefs, you need to respect his principles — he doesn’t believe in career politicians, and he’s acting in full accordance with those beliefs. That puts him in the company of Cincinnatus and George Washington.

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  3. @Jenos Idanian:

    Alternately, he got into politics with one specific goal — get the UK out of the EU — and, now that he has achieved it,

    Except that he hasn’t. The actual hard work of getting the UK out of the EU is not yet done.

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  4. @Jenos Idanian:

    That puts him in the company of Cincinnatus and George Washington.

    LOL, as they say.

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  5. James Pearce says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    Regardless of whether or not you agree with his beliefs, you need to respect his principles

    “Need to,” huh?

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  6. An Interested Partyy says:

    That puts him in the company of Cincinnatus and George Washington.

    Good grief, what’s next? Donald Trump being compared to Winston Churchill, perhaps…

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  7. PJ says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    Regardless of whether or not you agree with his beliefs, you need to respect his principles — he doesn’t believe in career politicians, and he’s acting in full accordance with those beliefs. That puts him in the company of Cincinnatus and George Washington.

    Which is why he quit twice before (in 2009 and 2015).
    And why he’s not resigning from the European Parliament.

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  8. Grumpy Realist says:

    @Jenos Idanian: that would hold true if Farage had any beliefs. Notice that he quits the office that actually requires hard work and clings to the EU position where he has to do nothing.

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  9. Jeremy says:

    To be fair, Boris was campaigning hard to be Prime Minister and be the one to take the UK out of the EU and do all the Article 50 stuff…until he had the rug pulled out from under him by Michael Gove. (I wouldn’t be surprised if he found a way to 10 Downing anyways.)

    And to be fair to Farage, he has been campaigning for an exit vote for the past 20 years and has finally succeeded. The guy can take a break if he wants, even if, yes, the UK isn’t formally out of the EU. And knowing that this is Farage and this is UKIP, it will probably be reversed within a month anyways.

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