The leader of the Brexit Party and the main architect of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, Nigel Farage, has been roundly mocked and accused of forgery after posting a photo of a bizarre letter he claims to have received from a 10-year old ‘fellow leaver’.
Earlier today, Farage tweeted that he had recieved “An amazing letter received from fellow leaver Matthew, who is 10 years old“, and attached a photo of the letter.
In the letter, the ten year old child claims, in impeccable handwriting, that “the majority of MPs in Parliament want to ignore democracy and over turn [sic] the referendum result“, before adding that his school supposedly tries to “brainwash us to be pro-EU“.
However, Matthew – who is only old enough to be in year 4 or 5 of primary school – insists that he is not falling for his teachers’ supposedly pro-EU propaganda, adding that “me and my friend Jim know their tricks“.
The full letter reads:
I’m a ten year old boy and I’m writing to express my gratitude to you and your Party. Without you the Leave Voters would have nobody to represent their opinions as the majority of MPs in Parliament want to ignore democracy and over turn [sic] the referendum result. At my school they try and brainwash us to be Pro-EU but me and my friend Jim (fellow Leaver) know their tricks.
Many thanks and good luck,
An amazing letter received from fellow leaver Matthew, who is 10 years old. pic.twitter.com/6ZDTAeOanj
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 21, 2019
However, not everyone was convinced that the letter was genuine, with Farage’s tweet receiving significant criticism and a huge numbers of particularly humourous replies accusing him of posting a blatant forgery:
This is possibly the lamest attempt at fraud ever
— Ian McDougall (@IanMcDougall1) June 21, 2019
How many 10-year-olds are called "Jim" in 2019?
This letter was written by a 67-year-old woman named Janet who thinks you make a good politician because you're good at shouting angrily at the people she hates.
— Simon Bruni (@SimonBruni) June 21, 2019
I’ve fixed that for you. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/KEkOQlyejU
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) June 21, 2019
so glad this isn't fake and you definitely didn't write this with your left hand to yourself like a bananas person this is entirely normal go you
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) June 21, 2019
hello Mr nigel (farage) i am a 10 year old boy who spends all day railing against the stifling influence of meddling brussels bureaucrats on britain's autonomy with my fellow brexit pals (also 10) we tell our teach it's nothing to do with racism but he just wants us to do maths
— Stan The Golden Boy (@tristandross) June 21, 2019
Yes, this 10 year-old child conveniently gets the wording bang on brand. pic.twitter.com/jZptUJTudp
— Andy Okay in Spanish (@AndyVale) June 21, 2019
Yes this is definitely real and in no way made up. pic.twitter.com/beaAXLpMFK
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) June 21, 2019
It’s remarkable how a 10 year-old understands the complexities of Brexit and is able to compose a letter praising you, while being delicate enough not to go so far as to call you a superhero.
So remarkable in fact, it didn’t happen.
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) June 21, 2019
10 year old boy repeats Farage's rhetoric back to him word for word and says that he knows the tricks of people who try and brainwash him! Remarkable.
— Francis Fisher (@frankotron) June 21, 2019
Hilariously, even Farage’s mates over at The S*n appear to be sceptical about the letter, describing the ten-year old’s handwriting as oddly “immaculate”.
And, perhaps most surprisingly, even The S*n’s notoriously gullible readers didn’t seem to be buying it, with 3 of the 4 comments on their own article expressing doubt:
When even people who read The S*n have enough independent mental fortitude to doubt the veracity of something they are told, the jig is probably up.