Steph and Dom Parker, the bed and breakfast owners best known as the posh couple from Gogglebox, said they liked Nigel Farage when they met him for a special Channel 4 programme – but not so much that they will be voting for his party in next year’s general election.
The three were brought together for a one-off programme, which sees them have dinner and several drinks at the Parker’s guest house The Salutation. Their home also happens to be in the South Thanet constituency that Farage will be contesting in the 2015 general election.
“We did enjoy meeting Nigel in the flesh, he seems a lot shorter in real life, and was immaculately dressed,” the pair told RadioTimes.com in an email.
“The overall impression was of a congenial and charming man, extremely passionate in his beliefs and committed to his vision and his party, exactly what we were expecting. But it is unlikely that you shall see us bedecked in purple on polling day.”
The Parkers said that they would like to see him again, however.
“We would be delighted to welcome him and his family again should they pay us a visit, or indeed if we were to pop over to Brussels for a beer we would be made very welcome we are sure.”
On the thorny question of who drank most during the evening in question, Farage suggested that – true to their reputation – his hosts took the lead:
He told RadioTimes.com: “I like a drink but crikey, these guys are professionals. I think I knew when enough was enough but it was certainly a consistent pace.”
The couple themselves said they could not be entirely sure, which rather suggests that the politician may be right.
“We are not in the habit of counting our drinks so cannot hazard a guess as to anyone’s consumption,” they said.
Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage is on Channel 4 at 10pm tonight (15th December)
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