Wishful thinking is a risky thing to indulge – it can lead people not to ask sufficiently tough questions to test the things that they are told.
Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
Given that most people don’t really understand what it is or how it works, it’s a field ripe for under- or over-reaction. Or, indeed, both at the same time.
A small proportion of those who voted Remain are simply unable to move on from the referendum result – and taking refuge in conspiracy theory.
And here’s the thing: Banks knew it. Farage knew it. But they didn’t care. Their primary objective was to be seen to lead the campaign, not to win it.
If this odd couple succeed, the millionaire gets to claim he made Brexit happen and the paper gets to imply that Brexit is illegitimate.
If he wants to rejoin the Conservatives, he should be readmitted. But that’s not to say that he should be the candidate in Clacton in 2020.
Plus: Dealing with news of terror attacks as a radio host. Was it really necessary to send Steve Uncles to prison. And: Jacqui Smith and Sky – its goodbye from me and its goodbye from her.
The multi-millionaire has been suspended from the party after criticising Nuttall’s leadership.
The “People’s Army” is an unpopular party and an unattractive brand. They always have been, and Brexit has changed nothing.
Daggers are drawn yet again, as Arron Banks seeks to take the party over after the Stoke result undermined its leader.
His critics have fallen for the Fact-Checking Fallacy: the illusion that in politics or journalism, accurate facts are all that matter.
Plus: Farage’s new radio show. Tim Barrow’s new appointment. And: the worst Christmas that I’ve ever had.
He might have got his life back, but he doesn’t seem to want to give up the limelight.
There is a misunderstanding about Arron Banks’s claim that Brendan Cox has chosen “to massively politicise” the murder of his wife, Jo Cox.