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Nigel Farage MEP: Too Much Government

This is part of a series of blogposts republishing previous events of the Oxford Hayek Society and the Oxford Libertarian Society. The original blogpost was published here.

On Monday 26 October 2009, Nigel Farage MEP, Member of the European Parliament and former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), spoke to the Oxford Libertarian Society at Manor Road on the subject of: 'Too Much Government: Westminster and Brussels'.

You can find a YouTube video of the event below. The original Vimeo recording release is available here.

In his talk, Nigel speaks about the growth of the state in recent years and the most effective means of rolling back government intervention at the national and European levels.

Writing about the narratives and mass appeal of Eurospectic politicians, Dalibor Rohac's survey of conservative euroscepticism summarised Nigel's talk in this way:

Farage gave a talk to the Oxford Libertarian Society, a student group promoting free-market ideas. The lecture theatre...was packed with young conservatives and libertarians who nodded in agreement as Farage deplored the growth of government in the West and the corruption of the UK's entrenched political class. Farage enumerated the various defects of the European project, the senseless bureaucracy, and the erosion of UK sovereignty. He made a powerful case for Brexit, which, according to him, would not mean the end of economic, social and cultural ties on the continent - merely a liberation from the diktat of unaccountable European institutions.

(Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the EU (2016), Dalibor Rohac, p. 62)

Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party until 2009, Nigel Farage is a Member of the European Parliament for South East England and one of Britain's best-known Eurosceptics. First elected to the European Parliament in 1999, then re-elected in 2004 and 2009, in which UKIP came second to the Conservatives, Nigel is a vocal advocate of British withdrawal from the European Union and limited government within the UK. In September, Nigel announced his intention to fight for a seat in the House of Commons at the next general election over the issue of MP expenses, challenging the newly-elected Speaker, John Bercow, in his constituency of Buckingham.

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