The nation owes Nigel Farage a debt. He has endured years of abuse on behalf of the majority of British people who never wanted EU political union. We instinctively favour free trade. We recognise that only governments inhibit it. We tend to favour progress towards it, even if only incremental. That was the basis on which we were persuaded to vote for continued membership in 1975. We were offered a common European economic space without tariff or non-tariff legal barriers to trade and we accepted that offer.
But the offer was a lie. Our leaders lied to us then and they have been lying ever since. The EU was always intended to progress by "ever closer union" to a federal superstate. Most of our establishment both knew and bought into that. To be more precise they were bought into that as the Brussels machine actively sought to make politicians like Mandelson and Kinnock rich in return for switching their loyalty. Betray your voters to us, ran the promise, lie to them and deny the ultimate goal while we move steadily towards it under cover of your disinformation, and when your political career ends in the usual failure, we will see you right.
For the last 43 years, if you pointed out these truths, the establishment derided and defamed you. You were called a fascist, a bigot, a racist and a fool. You were "fruit cakes", "Little Englanders" and "bastards". All for saying what the British people felt in what was supposed to be a democratic nation. Farage and his people walked through great storms of establishment shit on our behalf.
He sacrificed his business career to speak as well as he could for the unrepresented majority. He endured slanders and worse. He has made his mistakes, as an honest man in the sewers of professional politics was bound to do and as he freely admits. But he stood up for what he believed in. Without him and his party of "fruit cakes" the establishment would have denied us our voice forever.
We owe him thanks. When the new reality is finally accepted (and politicians will soon come to realise that they deny it at their peril) I hope the government will acknowledge that on our behalf with a peerage. There is a village near where I grew up in Wales called Hope. I suggest Lord Farage of Hope would be an apt title.