Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brace Yourselves for a Farage Broadside on Migrants and EU; Domino's Pizza Exploits Lithuanians Living 12 to a Flat and Eurocrat Who Called UK 'Nasty' Is a Bugger, He Says

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brace Yourselves for a Farage Broadside on Migrants and EU; Domino's Pizza Exploits Lithuanians Living 12 to a Flat and Eurocrat Who Called UK 'Nasty' Is a Bugger, He Says

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Byline: Joseph Watts talks to Ukip leader Nigel Farage THE POLITICAL INTERVIEW

NIGEL FARAGE launched a scathing attack on Domino's Pizza today, claiming that the company benefits from having "Lithuanians living 12 to a flat". The Ukip Leader lashed out after Domino's boss Lance Batchelor said the takeaway chain needed 1,000 migrants to fill jobs that Britons do not want.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Mr Farage argued that more UK nationals might work for the pizza firm if it paid better. And he called EU Commissioner Laszlo Andor "a bugger" for saying Britain is at risk of becoming Europe's "nasty country".

Mr Farage warned his rivals he is ready to fight next year's European elections, despite gruelling surgery that saw two vertebrae removed through a hole in his neck.

His return to politics was marked this week by polling that shows how Ukip draws chunks of support from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, as well as from the Tories and those who have previously chosen not to vote.

It was last week that Domino's chief executive Mr Batchelor called for more immigrants to come to the UK because his chain had 1,000 unfilled jobs. Mr Farage claimed this was only because the Domino's boss benefited from paying staff a minimum wage that was low given growth in London's economy. The Ukip leader added: "It suits him to have Lithuanians living 12 to a flat, on a shift basis, and to pay them less than is reasonable for people to live.

"If he paid them a little bit more and had slightly less corporate income, he'd find British workers to do the job, in my opinion."

A spokesman for Domino's and its franchisees said the firm backed equal opportunities and was committed to employing "talented people and supporting them to achieve their highest potential". The spokesman added: "Our franchisees set their own pay rates for their staff in line with sector and market norms."

The operation that left Mr Farage in hospital for days this year has not blunted his opinions -- he also fired off a broadside at Mr Andor, the EU commissioner for employment and social affairs.

Mr Andor, from Hungary, had claimed David Cameron's action to curb immigration was "making Britain the nasty country of Europe".

Reminded of his name, Mr Farage said: "I know who the bugger is, don't worry about that. He sits in the [European] Parliament not more than six feet away from me.

"How anybody that comes from a country in which vile anti-Semitism is still rife and in which the Roma minority are treated like animals can dare call us the nasty country, I do not know."

Mr Farage broke two vertebrae when a plane he was in nosedived into the ground while towing an election banner in 2010.

As the bone fused together abnormally, it put pressure on nerves in his neck, causing pain and numbness and restricting movement. …

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