He likes to portray himself as a pint-drinking man of the people. But Ukip leader Nigel Farage appears to have met his match – in the drinking stakes at least – in the posh couple from Gogglebox.
The three of them have been brought together for a one-off programme, Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage, which will air on Channel 4 on December 15th. It involved an evening at the Parker’s guesthouse in Sandwich, Kent, imbibing vast quantities of alcohol.
“I had two, two-and-a-half pints in the pub with Dom,” Farage told Radio Times on the phone from Strasbourg, and enjoyed “steady consumption…[so] two pints, about five or six glasses [of wine and champagne]” over the course of the whole evening.
He added with a chuckle: “I rather got the impression that they do this every day.
“They are enormous fun. 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.”
As revealed in this week’s Radio Times, at one point Farage stumbles on a step in their garden and smashes a glass of champagne.
He is then sent off to change his trousers into a pair of ripped jeans thoughtfully provided by Dom (who had thought of proffering a pair of leather slacks).
The smashed glass he blames on “physical incapacity” due to old injuries – he was involved in a plane crash on the day of the 210 election and a serious road accident when he was younger.
But he insisted he got a lot out of the experience and found Steph and Dom “engaging and interesting and fun… I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
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