By Chris York
The former Ukip leader made the bold assertion in a tweet on Tuesday night and then, having still not seen it, repeated the claim on a host of TV shows.
Theresa May’s Brexit agreement is the worst deal in history.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 13, 2018
Speaking to Good Morning Britain from Strasbourg, he said: “We’re giving away in excess of £40 billion in return for precisely nothing – trapped, still inside the European Union‘s rulebook, continuing free movement of people, continuing with a foreign court having a say over our own country.
“Nothing has been achieved other than giving away a huge sum of money.”
More than a few people took issue with what Farage said and were eager to highlight the multitude of other things that are more worthy contenders for “the worst deal in history”.
Looking In The Mirror
Things started off on a personal note. One user replied to Farage simply: “You did this. You don’t get to blame anyone else.”
You did this. You don’t get to blame anyone else.
— Nunc Est Tempus (@ARD1one) November 13, 2018
Dutch MP Sjoerd Wiemar Sjoerdsma suggested Farage himself was the architect of the worst deal in history, when he “deceived Brits into voting for Brexit while you got to keep your sizeable EU pension.”
No, the worst deal in history is how you deceived Brits into voting for Brexit while you got to keep your sizeable EU pension. https://t.co/4OwHWCK8iK
— Sjoerd Wiemer Sjoerdsma (@swsjoerdsma) November 13, 2018
Last year Farage was accused of hypocrisy for saying he would claim his £73,000-a-year pension from the European Parliament after Brexit.
He also said he is “skint” after spending 18 years as a Ukip MEP.
There were numerous examples of history dishing out arguably far worse deals to people.
The Historical Record
Peter Warner suggested that a contender for the “worst deal in history” should in fact go to the Treaty of Breda in 1667, which saw the Dutch gave away Manhattan to the English, in return for the tiny Indonesian island of Run.
The Dutch agreeing in 1667 to swap Manhattan for Run, a small spice island in Indonesia, is the worst deal in history.
— Peter Warner (@Peter_Warner) November 13, 2018
At the time the deal made sense for the Dutch – Run was a prolific producer of nutmeg at a time when the spice trade was worth the equivalent of billions.
Manhattan was merely a small trading village in some swampy marshland.
But the boom days of the spice trade were short-lived, and eventually the Dutch were left with an unprofitable tiny island while Manhattan went on to become the booming metropolis it is today.
Ian Burnet, author of East Indies, describes it as “the real estate deal of the millennium”.
The Second World War
Then there is the non-aggression pact signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939.
I though the german-soviet non agression pact was the worst deal in history 🙁
— Dominique (@skaichan) November 14, 2018
Signed just days before the outbreak of World War Two, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin agreed not to attack each other as they both invaded Poland and divvied up the spoils of war between them.
But two years later, Hitler reneged on the deal, invading Russia and creating what became the bloodiest theatre of war in history – and around 30 million people died as a result.
Keeping It Local
Of course not all deals are so global in their nature. Danny here is simply annoyed that Kal Naismith has only scored one goal this season.
— Danny (@Danny_Wafc) November 14, 2018
And it seems football is a bit of a sore point.
Chris Samba, Jose Bosingwa, Sean Wright-Phillips, Armand Traore. I could go on. And that was in a 2 year period. So no, not the worst deal in history https://t.co/sscT3dco5k
— Will McGonagle (@willspector) November 14, 2018
— Owen Riches 🌹 (@Owen_Riches) November 14, 2018
The Worst Music Deal In History
In 1962 a music executive told the manager of a pop group angling for a record deal: “Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr Epstein.”
Only that pop group was The Beatles, and Dick Rowe had just turned down what would become one of the biggest musical phenomenons the world had ever seen.
Derek Rowe of Decca records rejecting the Beatles and signing Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead is the worst deal in history. https://t.co/4m6lt678z2
— Iain Martin (@iainmartin1) November 13, 2018
Author Chas Newkey-Burden also didn’t agree with Farage’s assetion. He pointed out that he had once agreed to write a biography of Paris Hilton…
He doesn’t specify how much he received but he still seems sore about it.
Nigel Farage says Theresa May’s Brexit agreement is “the worst deal in history”. Bruv, I once agreed to write a biography of Paris Hilton, so let’s keep some perspective.
— Chas Newkey-Burden (@allthatchas) November 14, 2018
(the book is Paris Hilton: Life on the Edge)
And To Finish…
Not a deal as such, just a fantastic meme.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has branded the agreement as the “the worst deal in history”.
— Comrade Tadpole No 3 #GTTO (@tadpoleno3) November 14, 2018