Is ‘milkshaking’ the new egging?

Staff Writer | May 22, 2019
Milkshake emerges as a new weapon of choice in dousing the egos of politicians.

Footage has emerged of Nigel Farage, leader of the new Brexit Party in the United Kingdom (UK), being ‘milkshaked’ in Newcastle. 

During a campaign walkabout in the northern English city, a passer-by threw his milkshake over Farage. The footage also showed Farage furiously berating his security staff for this lapse.

This could well be something of an emerging trend in the UK. Farage is not the first figure on the right to be ‘milkshaked’. Tommy Robinson, the controversial figure on the English right, also had a milkshake thrown over him while campaigning for the European election earlier this month. Robinson is also an advisor to the leader of the United Kingdom’s Independence Party (UKIP), which Farage founded and led.

Fraser Anning, another far-right politician, this time from Australia, was also attacked, with food being the weapon of choice. He had an egg broken over his head while speaking to the media earlier this year. Anning also lost his seat in the Australian senate in that country’s recent federal election.

It is not only politicians on the right who get egged – Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party, also had an egg thrown at him in March. The man who threw the egg at Corbyn, John Murphy, had apparently carried out the egging because he felt British politicians were not carrying out the mandate of the British people, by respecting their decision to exit the European Union. Murphy was subsequently jailed for 28 days.

Although the idea of  throwing an egg or a milkshake at a politician one dislikes may seem funny, it fails as a principle of opposition in a democracy. One cannot oppose only the ‘milkshaking’ or ‘egging’ of politicians one supports. And, should it become acceptable, the risk is that a brick will be what is thrown next.

Closer to home, it’s safe to say there will be no ‘milkshaking’ of politicians implicated in the Estina dairy debacle … because there is no milk.

 

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