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Perfect putdown for political pretenders

WM favourite Will Self ’s encounter with Nigel Farage on BBC Question Time last December proved that his unsurpassed way with words goes with a killer instinct for the perfect putdown. Debating whether Donald Trump was a worthy recipient of Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year,’ Award, the US President-elect’s bosom buddy, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who was also nominated, fawned: ‘Oh yes. Oh yes.’ Presenter David Dimbleby said that this award had also been given to Hitler, and Stalin. ‘And Churchill,’ Farage helpfully pointed out. And then it was over to Mr Self. ‘Trump? Nigel? This is not Hitler, Churchill and Stalin – thank God. These are not great statesmen, or people. They’re grubby little opportunists who are riding the coat-tails of history.’

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