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Nigel Farage blasts BBC’s Nick Robinson in furious R4 spat

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Nigel Farage clashes with Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4

Nigel Farage has slammed BBC’s Nick Robinson during a furious debate over his “condescending tone” about his “debanking” from Coutts.

Farage had been asked by Mr Robinson on Radio 4’s Today Programme to address crticis’ suggestions he may have used fall out from the scandal to get back into politics.

He mentioned Farage had “run seven times and lost seven times” in becoming an MP before the GB News presenter cut him off.

Mr Farage furiously responded: “I’m really not going to have this. I am sick to death of your condescending tone.”

Mr Robibson insisted he was just “teasing” the former UKIP leader but Farage hit back again.

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He said: “No, no actually you weren’t. What you should say to people is, ‘you’re the only person in British history who has won two national elections leading two different parties.’ Let’s try that for size shall we.”

Mr Farage added: “I’m now a champion and a crusader for men and women who’ve been closed down by the banks, and I want cultural changes within the banks, and I want legal changes and I do not want cash driven out of the system and us pushed towards central bank digital currencies.”

Mr Farage had been responding to questions after NatWest’s chief executive Dame Alison Rose was forced to quit over the scandal that saw his Coutts account closed.

Dame Alison Rose had tried to cling onto her £5million a year post despite admitting she was behind the leaking of a customer’s financial details.

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But following an intervention from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Chancellor she admitted she had made a “serious error of judgement” when discussing Farage’s relationship with private bank Couuts, owned by NatWest Group, with a BBC journalist.

In a statement released early on Wednesday, NatWest Group chairman Sir Howard Davies confirmed Dame Alison was stepping down.

Farage called for a wider shake-up of the NatWest board following the resignation of Dame Alison. He welcomed the exit of Dame Alison as “a start”, but said changes need to go further.

He said: “Anybody on that board that backed that statement that was put out at 17.42 yesterday, a totally unsustainable and untrue statement, anybody that backed that behaviour, should be gone.”

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