Pole's sword duel offer to Farage
Published 13/04/2015 | 11:26
Nigel Farage has been challenged to a duel with swords by a man claiming to be a Polish prince.
Yanek Zylinski, in a video posted to YouTube, slammed the Ukip leader's "idiotic" blaming of immigrants for traffic jams on the M40.
Mr Zylinski called on Mr Farage to meet him in Hyde Park in central London to resolve the matter "in a way that an 18th century Polish aristocrat and an English gentleman would traditionally do".
Sitting next to a statue of his war hero father, Andrew Zylinski, who he said led a victorious cavalry charge against the Germans in 1939, Mr Zylinski said he could not take any more anti-Polish discrimination.
Holding his father's sword, Mr Zylinski said: "I've realised that now what I have to do is to stand up in defence of my people in this country in the UK.
"I've had enough of discrimination against Polish people in this country.
"The most idiotic example I have heard of has been Mr Nigel Farage blaming migrants for traffic jams on the M40.
"Enough is enough, Mr Farage.
"So what I'd like to do, Mr Farage, is to challenge you to a duel.
"I'm offering a duel, if you agree.
"I would like us to meet in Hyde Park one morning with our swords and resolve this matter in a way that an 18th century Polish aristocrat and an English gentleman would traditionally do.
"Are you up for it, Mr Farage?"
Mr Zylinski acknowledged that getting Mr Farage to agree to a sword duel may be unlikely and so also offered a TV debate before the General Election.
He said: "Alternatively, if you don't agree, or if your sword is a little bit rusting, Mr Farage, we can meet for a different kind of duel - a duel of words in a TV studio in the run-up to the election.
"I'm up for it, it would be really nice - hopefully you will agree."
During a visit to Clacton, Essex, Mr Farage said: "I would have thought that a Polish prince with a long Polish lineage would rather agree with me that it's a complete tragedy for Poland that it's lost so many of its brightest and best young people.
"It is an impressive sword. I don't have one but I'm sure we could find one if we had to. But I'm not intending to accept the offer."