Nigel Farage has ‘summoned juggernaut’ in Britain - but he must change Reform UK’s mindset, says Carl Benjamin

Nigel Farage has ‘summoned juggernaut’ in Britain - but he must change Reform UK’s mindset, says Carl Benjamin
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Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 09/07/2024

- 17:24

Updated: 10/07/2024

- 09:50

Nigel Farage is the leader of Reform UK and was elected into the Commons last week

Nigel Farage has "summoned a juggernaut" in Britain, Carl Benjamin has claimed.

The Reform UK leader was elected as the MP for Clacton last week and ended his election hoodoo at his eighth attempt.

The Brexit stalwart, who received 46.2 per cent of the vote, was joined by four other successful Reform UK candidates.

Farage's victory was declared just hours after Lee Anderson was returned as the MP for Ashfield.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage was elected into parliament last week


When asked whether he believes that Reform in the "solution" to the Conservative Party's problem in the UK, Carl Benjamin told GBN America: "I think Reform is not yet the solution, but it could become the solution.

"The best thing about it is it begins within a quite authentically British paradigm. We're not revolutionaries. We don't want to overthrow the state. We don't want to get rid of our glorious country, but we do want to change it to suit the times. And so Reform has a very strong branding and message."


He added: "Nigel Farage is too much in campaign mode now. It's not, I think, something to blame him for. Nigel Farage is a superb campaigner as I think the result in the recent election shows to get five seats in the first past the post system with 4 million votes.

"Everyone is complaining. If only we had proportional representation. I think really highlights the juggernaut that Nigel Farage has summoned up out of the British public and that there is a real appetite for where he's going.

"Nigel now has legitimized himself. He was right. He won the Brexit vote and now he's in Parliament on the strength of the anti-immigration vote. He's right. He knows he's right and everyone else knows he's right. And they should really start listening. But they're not going to.

"So now what this means is he needs to move into the statesman mode. And he needs to know he can stop fighting people. He's won the arguments. He's won all of these arguments. Now he can begin persuading people and winning over people who otherwise might not have been natural voters of him.

Carl Benjamin

Carl Benjamin said that Farage "summoned juggernaut" in Britain


"I mean, it really is the source of all of the major problems that Britain has at the moment. It stems back to simply demand excess demand. And if you want the NHS to be saved, for example, you're going to have to make sure it's just a national service and not an international service.

"If you want your children or grandchildren to have houses, well, you're going to have to make sure that foreign peoples aren't able to buy them.

"Why is that the case? There are lots and lots and lots of strong arguments, and I think in the next few years, Nigel will be able to professionalise Reform. I think they'll be able to come up with a very good manifesto, a very well-written agenda and promote it very effectively. I think it will be very persuasive to the British public.

"I think he's really got a shot in 2029 of flipping the entire table over the uni party consensus between Labour and the Conservatives and the reason I think this is because of Labour's reaction to Reform.

Nigel FarageNigel Farage is the leader of Reform UK GB News

"There are only five MPs and yet I never. Since the election, I have not heard a single Labour politician talk about the Conservatives.

"They do not care. They have conquered that party. But Nigel Farage is an insurgent force and they can see it. He is dangerous to them.

"He is already the second party in the North and they know it. And after five years of Keir Starmer's internationalist, metropolitan upper middle-class management of this country, why would a single working-class northerner even think about voting for them? He's just going to be against their interests.

"Whereas for us, Farage he's going to be that guy."

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