Nigel Farage is the former leader of UKIP, and now serves as a Member of the European Parliament. Currently the Leader of the Brexit Party, last night, he appeared on the Question Time panel. During the programme, the 55-year-old engaged in a heated exchange with Change UK MP Anna Soubry, 62. Ms Soubry accused Mr Farage of presenting “lies and spin” to the audience – before host Fiona Bruce was forced to intervene.
Ms Soubry said: “These are the lies and the spin. Nigel Farage was criticising the return of our customs union and regulatory alignment.”
She also insisted that during the EU referendum, he had promised that the UK would “get a deal”.
He soon hit back with a fiery response, arguing: “I said no deal is better than a bad deal Anna, day after day after day.
“You weren’t listening, were you? God help us.”
What did Mr Farage’s body language reveal?
Body language expert Judi James shared her analysis with Express.co.uk.
“Having stepped back into the Brexit fray, Farage appears to have returned on a cushion of superior status and his body language signals at the point in the debate in this clip with Soubry are a great example of that stance,” she said.
When he did speak his head was on a rotation as he shouted ‘No deal’s better than a bad deal’
Judi James, body language expert’s analysis of Nigel Farage in Question Time row
“While Fiona [Bruce]’s random, crossed-arm, Cheshire Cat-style pointing shows the complicated and heated path of the discussion, Soubry uses a very active and emphatic style of delivery to make her points loudly and emphatically, waving two pointed index fingers simultaneously in the air like windscreen-wipers.”
Upon hearing her views, the politician soon hit back with his own thoughts – as well as through his body language.
“Her passion/anger could have been reflected back in a verbal joust but instead Farage adopts the kind of pose you might have seen from the top chair in boardrooms of the 1980’s.
“Like his hero [Donald] Trump he seems to have sourced some Jurassic-style power moves from that era and this one involved a sit-back-and-look-silently-superior-while-your-rivals-burn-themselves-out ploy.
“While Anna held forth, Nigel sat impassively back in his chair with his fingers meshed in an inactive power steeple clasp in front of his chest,” Judi said.
“When he did speak his head was on a rotation as he shouted ‘No deal’s better than a bad deal’.
“There came a point where his body language did erupt though and it was heralded by both thumbs becoming erect, which is often a gesture of pleasure and confidence during a debate (or sporting event).
“He banged his hands down on the table and leaned forward to make his point before throwing his head back in over-congruent exasperation, closing his eyes and saying ‘God help us’.”
The body language expert went on to suggest that he hoped the audience would support his stance over the MP’s.
Judi said: “The performance of studied calm and superiority followed by an eruption of ‘anger’ and then extreme exasperation would have suggested the audience should come with him to his superior position and lose patience with Soubry as well.”
So what was Mr Farage thinking during the row? Rather than quickly firing back a response in pure rage, according to Judi, he first paused to consider a response.
“In terms of genuine anger there was a pause before his response erupted that could have suggested it was considered rather than spontaneous,” she explained.
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