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No Repentance

Steve Ely, 24 January 2019

... slid off, like his vest was made of mithril. Lothlorien, Gonvilnd Keys. A gift from the Lady, or Arron Banks. Barings Bank. The plunderous karats of Antwerpus Loup. The bayonet tip wunt bite in the thick-seamed ephod, its armour of urin and bummin. Deep bruzing, dribling facets. Sum wailing: Paedo/haemo-philiac sadness. Bayonet tip at bay, tight-mesh ...


Alan Finlayson, 18 May 2017

... negotiating position of Estonia or the prospect of continued passporting rights for London-based banks. ‘Nobody can know the future.’ For the confirmed Brexiter there is no such thing as a more or less reasonable judgment of things to come. If you don’t know everything – about climate change, the economy or the political trajectory of Slovenia ...

Now to Stride into the Sunlight

Ian Jack: The Brexiters, 15 June 2017

What Next: How to Get the Best from Brexit 
by Daniel Hannan.
Head of Zeus, 298 pp., £9.99, November 2016, 978 1 78669 193 4
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The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign 
by Arron Banks.
Biteback, 354 pp., £9.99, June 2017, 978 1 78590 205 5
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All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class 
by Tim Shipman.
William Collins, 688 pp., £9.99, June 2017, 978 0 00 821517 0
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... never happy unless he’s hogging centre stage. But a rival account of the same events, Arron Banks’s The Bad Boys of Brexit, suggests the snarling was sometimes understandable. It is Banks’s contention, for example, that ‘arrangements were put in place’ for Ukip to pay Carswell ‘a considerable sum ...

The Two Jacobs

James Meek: The Faragist Future, 1 August 2019

... nice house in the middle of London, but it won’t be his house. Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Arron Banks bought it for him. They own 10 Downing Street, and they own him. Amid a cascade of extreme events and consequences, we all tend to lose focus – not just the humble citizen but those charged with steering us through. Early in the struggle to ...


Susan McKay: Pro-­Union Non­-Unionists, 4 March 2021

... chortled: ‘Go to the chippy!’ Poots responded to a triumphalist tweet from Ukip’s backer Arron Banks with ‘thank you for all you done to make it happen.’Foster, who initially described the protocol as ‘serious and sensible’, is now leading the charge to have it scrapped. Hardcore DUP members are demanding that the party should withdraw ...

Capitalism in One Family

Jan-Werner Müller: The Populist Moment, 1 December 2016

... they buy without question the story that populists sell about their own successes. When Arron Banks proclaims that ‘Facts don’t work … You’ve got to connect with people emotionally,’ they just nod. But it isn’t true that ‘the masses’ are emotional basket-cases ready to be seduced by a charismatic demagogue. For a start, the neat ...

Nigels against the World

Ferdinand Mount: The EU Referendum, 19 May 2016

... the bad blood between the rival Leave organisations. is financed by the insurance tycoon Arron Banks and blessed by Nigel Farage and Ukip. Vote Leave is led by Michael Gove, Gisela Stuart and Boris Johnson, with the support of other longstanding Eurosceptic ministers and former ministers, such as Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Lawson and David ...

Cronyism and Clientelism

Peter Geoghegan, 5 November 2020

... through secretive clubs and offshore companies: a recent National Crime Agency investigation into Arron Banks, who made donations to the Brexit campaign through a company based in the Isle of Man, found no evidence of law-breaking. For £50,000 a year, donors get to meet the prime minister and other members of the cabinet at the quarterly ...

Brexit and Myths of Englishness

James Meek: For England and St George, 11 October 2018

... Britain) and uncertainly sourced donation of £8.4 million from the insurance salesman Arron Banks, who stood at Farage’s shoulder when he addressed the cameras on referendum night. Lies were precision-targeted to voters through a £2.7 million deal with Facebook. Most frequent were the lies that Turkey was about to join the EU (it ...

Where are we now?

LRB Contributors: Responses to the Referendum, 14 July 2016

... SpiceAnyone​ who thought Boris Johnson was the rough beast whose hour had come, should consider Arron Banks. In 2014, Banks, a businessman with an estimated wealth of £100 million, defected from the Tory Party to fund Ukip. As the main backer of Leave.EU, the unofficial Leave campaign, ...

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