UK POLITICIAN AND the former leader of Ukip Nigel Farage has claimed that he is “skint”, and has said that there is “no money in politics”.
In an interview with the UK Daily Mail, Farage talked about his personal life, relationships and how he can’t walk around outside on his own without fear of being attacked.
“My life is not easy. There’s a lot of aggro to deal with,” Farage told the paper.
I can’t walk down the street in London on my own. The level of aggression and unpleasantness is constant. I’ll never be able to live a normal life in London.
Farage has recently separated from his wife and currently lives on his own in Chelsea, in London.
In the interview, he describes himself as “53, separated and skint”.
“There’s no money in politics, particularly doing it the way I’ve done it – 20 years of spending more than you earn,’ said Farage.
Farage is currently an MEP, and has been since 1999. He founded Ukip in 1993 and has run seven times for Westminster but has never been elected.
Despite this, Ukip and Farage played a role in last year’s Brexit referendum.
Farage has come in for criticism on social media following the interview, with people pointing out that he lives in a £4 million townhouse in Chelsea and has been taking an MEP salary since 1999.
According to the EU parliament’s website, the average monthly pre-tax salary of an MEP is €8,484 per month – which adds up to about €101,000 per year.
The Daily Mail interview is sympathetic to Farage, saying that he “cares deeply about his country” and calling him “one of the most successful politicians of his generation”.
Farage stepped down as Ukip leader in July, 2016, following the Brexit vote.
He faced criticism for having one of the worst voting records in the European parliament.