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Nigel Farage: I can't remember whether I've been drunk in the last month

Published 22/10/2015 | 15:11

Nigel Farage enjoying a pint of beer during the election campaign
Nigel Farage enjoying a pint of beer during the election campaign

Nigel Farage joked that he "can't remember" whether he's been drunk in the last month as he faced a quick-fire TV quiz.

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The pint-supping Ukip leader also admitted punching someone, insisted he had never kissed a man "in that way" and declared that he had only ever changed a nappy "in extremis".

BBC2's Daily Politics was inspired by a similarly personal set of yes/no questions fired at New Zealand prime minister John Key by a radio station, which became an internet hit.

Mr Key said he hadn't been drunk over the last month, but asked the same question, Mr Farage, who gave up booze for the whole of January, replied: "I can't remember."

Like the Kiwi PM, he said he had killed an animal bigger than an insect but he was more coy when it came to the question - answered in the affirmative by Mr Key - of whether he had ever stolen anything.

"I've borrowed things," he said with a smile.

He nodded when asked it he had ever punched someone, denied every having parked in a disabled space, admitted Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell was cleverer than him "in some ways".

Pressed on whether he had ever kissed a man, he replied: "Not in that way, no."

His answer to the final question, on whether he had ever flirted with another MEP, was a fine example of politician-speak.

"I like to think that I do my bit to promote good relations between all different countries," he said with a grin.

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