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Nigel Farage, the politician who led the successful Brexit campaign in the UK, is coming to Auckland in September as part of an Australasian tour.
The former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) will be on his An Entertaining Evening With Nigel Farage speaking tour. Ticket prices start at $49 for students, while general admission is $89, then it’s $295 for a meet/greet ticket, and $495 for a backstage pass.
A promotional email from Australian celebrity management organisation Markson Sparks described Farage as the “world’s most charismatic politician”, who “changed the world of politics as we know it”.
Sounding a bit like British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Farage is quoted saying: “Never in the history of Western civilisation has the fight for democracy, individual liberties and free speech been more important.”
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Last December, Farage was quoted in the Daily Mail, saying he was “53, separated and skint”.
“There’s no money in politics, particularly doing it the way I’ve done it – 20 years of spending more than you earn,” he said. “I have big expenses – lots of kids to pay for and things like that.”
International speaking tours seem to have become an important way for prominent former politicians to boost their earnings.
Former US President Barack Obama was rumoured to have been paid a fee of $US400,000 when he visited in March. The cost was covered by sponsors, which included Air New Zealand.
The woman who failed in her bid to become his successor, Hillary Clinton, was here in May, with tickets ranging in price from $195 to $595.