Nigel Farage has said he was duped into ending a paid for birthday greeting by saying “Up the Ra”.
Farage, who is the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and Brexiteer, joined Cameo – a video sharing platform to which he offers to record messages for money.
Farage said in a birthday greeting: “This message is for Brian Ó Céileachair, Brexiteer, and I hope you have a great birthday. This comes from your good friend Aidan. Now, it’s a bit early in the day, so all I’ve got, actually, is coffee. But I hope you enjoy a few pints with the lads tonight. Up the Ra!”
O Céileachair posted the video on social media saying: “Quite possibly the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten courtesy of Aidan Hart and my mate Nigel Farage.”
Farage said: “If I saw ‘Up the ’Ra!’ I would have looked at that as something very innocent, and wouldn’t have even known there was an implication to it.”
Asked if he would have read the message if he knew it supported the Irish Republican Army (IRA), Farage replied: “Are you joking? I had a face-to-face death threat from them.”
IMAGE – “Nigel Farage” by Gage Skidmore (CCBYSA2.0)