Nigel Farage blasts Jo Brand over 'acid attack' remark on Radio 4

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Nigel Farage today called Jo Brand an 'overpaid, left wing, so called-comedian' as the backlash over her acid throwing joke intensified.

The Brexit Party leader called her remarks 'completely and utterly disgusting' after he claimed she was 'inciting violence' with her comments on a BBC Radio 4 panel show.

Brand, 61, said on Radio 4 show Heresy that yobs who doused politicians like Farage with milkshakes were 'pathetic' and added: 'Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?' 

The corporation has so far defied calls to axe her, and broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has so far received 65 complaints about the episode.

The BBC has been inundated with complaints and are facing accusations of 'hypocrisy' after bosses  decided to sack Radio 5 Live presenter Danny Baker over offensive behaviour, but stood by Brand. 

Farage, who has called on the police to open an investigation into the remarks, said today: 'I am sick to death of overpaid, left wing, so-called comedians on the BBC who think their view is morally superior. 

'Can you imagine the reaction if I had said the same thing as Jo Brand?'

In a video posted to his Twitter feed he wrote: 'I think we know fairly clearly who Jo Brand was aiming that comment at. 

Brand (pictured), said on Radio 4 show Heresy that yobs who doused politicians like Farage with milkshakes were 'pathetic' and added: 'Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?'

Farage (speaking today) called the comments 'appalling'

Brand, 61, (left) said on Radio 4 show Heresy that yobs who doused politicians like Farage (right, speaking today)  with milkshakes were 'pathetic' and added: 'Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?'

Nigel Farage called Jo Brand an 'overpaid, left wing, so-called comedian' as the backlash against the comedian intensified

Nigel Farage called Jo Brand an 'overpaid, left wing, so-called comedian' as the backlash against the comedian intensified

Nigel Farage yesterday said that Brand's remarks on the comedy panel show amount to hate speech and has called for the police to intervene. It came after Jo Brand (pictured) joked on Radio 4's Heresy that battery acid was a better option than milkshake for throwing at Brexiteers

Nigel Farage yesterday said that Brand's remarks on the comedy panel show amount to hate speech and has called for the police to intervene. It came after Jo Brand (pictured) joked on Radio 4's Heresy that battery acid was a better option than milkshake for throwing at Brexiteers

'A lot of people, like Jo Brand, think the referendum is a terrible mistake.

'They have a view that is morally superior to everybody else's and therefore it seems, that anything can be used in defence of their arguments.

'Frankly I think this sort of behaviour is completely and utterly disgusting.

'Can you imagine if I was to tell a story like that, about somebody on the other side of me, an Anna Soubry or someone like that?

I reckon the police would knock on my door within ten minutes. I think it's appalling.''

Speaking outside Brand's semi-detached home in the leafy south London suburb of Dulwich this morning, a friend said Jo was 'away working'.

Pictured: Nigel Farage in Newcastle on May 20, when an activist threw milkshake on him

Pictured: Nigel Farage in Newcastle on May 20, when an activist threw milkshake on him

The man, in his late forties, added: 'She is away working and won't be back until midnight at least.

'I'm not lying to you - she's not here.'

Organisers of the Henley Literary Festival in Oxfordshire today confirmed Brand is due to appear there twice today with performances penned in for 2pm and 7.30pm.

The sold-out shows revolve around a 'darkly funny guide to being a woman' and comes with a free book.   

On the Radio 4 panel show broadcast on Tuesday night, Coren asked Brand whether she believed the country was united in agreeing we are living through a 'terrible' time in politics.

She responded by calling milkshake a 'pathetic' thing for people to have thrown at their political opponents during May's EU election campaigning.   

She said: 'Well yes I would say that, but I think that's because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they're very, very easy to hate. 

'And I'm kind of thinking, 'why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery

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