Nigel Farage had a disastrous interview on LBC this morning. Photo: YouTube
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“What is racism?” Nigel Farage’s disastrous interview on LBC

The Ukip leader had a car-crash interview with LBC's James O’Brien this morning, only made worse by his director of communications Patrick O’Flynn interrupting him live on air.

Nigel Farage was mauled live on air by LBC's James O'Brien this morning, in over 22 painful minutes of questioning over whether his party is racist, how comfortable he is with his wife speaking German, and his financial arrangements. During a heated exchange about his MEP expense allowances, his communications director, former Daily Express journalist Patrick O'Flynn, felt the need to interrupt the interview live on air: "I'm sorry, we had an agreement about timing, you've massively..." The Ukip leader waved him away, looking, if possible, even more flustered.

Watch the interview here:

And if it's too eye-watering for you to watch, here are the worst bits:

 - Referring to a comment Farage made recently about non-English speakers on a train journey, he was asked whether he feels "uncomfortable" that his wife speaks German. "I don't suppose she speaks it on the train", he replied.

 - Having been repeatedly asked what the difference is between having German people living nextdoor, or Romanians, he said, "you know what the difference is".

 - On being questioned about racism in his party, he asked, "what is racism?"

 - Being interrupted live by his comms chief, Patrick O'Flynn, formerly of the Express – who O'Brien pointed out as someone who could reasonably be referred to as "a friend in the media" or "a member of the political class", traits Farage condemns in the other political parties.

Anoosh Chakelian is senior writer at the New Statesman.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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