Fishy: Why did nobody think of grabbing a haddock out of Nigel Farage’s hands and slapping him in the face with it? Then we really would have been in Monty Python territory.

Once upon a time, Nigel Farage knew he could make a big impact with a well-publicised – and televised – stunt.

Now, not so much.

Yesterday (March 21), Nigel Farage dumped a box full of haddock into the Thames to signify the way the Tory government’s Brexit deal with the EU will harm the UK’s fishing industry, as some fish must be discarded to meet quota rules…

… and was ridiculed…

… and was reported to Westminster Council for fly-tipping.

Worst of all, Mr Farage gave his critics a chance to point out that he himself was on the European Parliament’s fisheries committee and could have made a difference – but he didn’t bother showing up, attending only one meeting out of 42 over a three-year period.

And he was compared (unfavourably) with celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – whose ‘Fish Fight’ actually did make a difference – unlike Mr Farage’s silly stunt.

It could have been worse.

Amid all the humiliation heaped on Mr Farage, at least he could take comfort from one fact:

He isn’t Jacob Rees-Mogg!

Let’s let the Evening Standard explain:

A protest by Brexiteers over fishing policy descended into farce today as high-profile Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg was blocked from boarding a trawler on the Thames.

The protest was hit by farcical scenes when a harbourmaster prevented the boat from docking at several piers – meaning Mr Rees-Mogg, who championed the protest – could not board.

Transport for London officials stopped several Tory MPs, including Mr Rees-Mogg, boarding the trawler at Embankment and Westminster piers because of a licensing problem.

A TfL spokeswoman said: “It’s a standard procedure which we have that you have to book in advance to dock. This is to allow commuters to use regular riverboat services. You can book online on the TfL website.”

Mr Rees-Mogg then fled the protest.

Tory MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Craig Mackinlay gave a short press conference alongside the Fishing for Leave campaigners who organised the stunt but disappeared before Mr Farage[‘s] arrival.

If Farage thought he came in for a battering (sorry), it turned out to be nothing compared to what Mr Rees-Mogg caught:

It was his own fault.

Mr Rees-Mogg belongs to a tiny minority whose members think they can do whatever they like, whenever and wherever they like, without ever having to seek permission for it. He’s a Tory.

Today, he discovered he thought wrong.

But you can guarantee he won’t learn from his mistake – they never do.

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