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Nigel Farage has grow to be the most recent sufferer of a brand new sort of protest motion sweeping the UK concentrating on MPs and politicians: milkshaking.

The humble egg as soon as used on the likes of Gordon Brown and David Cameron is making means for milkshakes being hurled over costly fits throughout public appearances.

Today The Reform UK chief was leaving the Moon and Starfish pub in Clacton when a lady pelted him with what gave the impression to be a banana milkshake.

He was seen with the drink splattered over his go well with as he boarded his marketing campaign bus.

The ex-Ukip chief yesterday U-turned on his earlier choice to not run within the General Election on July 4 in a dramatic change of coronary heart and was out on the marketing campaign path in Clacton, the place he plans to run, when the milkshaking happened.

But what’s milkshaking and why has it grow to be such a preferred type of protest?

Why protesters throw milkshakes on MPs and politicians

It was that protesters chucked eggs on MPs. They are small, simple to disguise and fast to throw in a flash, they usually make an embarrasing mess that is arduous to take away.

Now it appears milkshakes have grow to be the selection weapon. They are innocuous to hold, simple to pay money for, low cost, fast to throw and make a visual mess that is arduous to scrub.

Today wasn’t the primary time Farage has been on the fallacious facet of the icy deal with. Back in May 2019 when he was heading the Brexit Party, Nigel was clocked with a banana and salted caramel flavoured concoction as he raged at his safety crew ‘“You could have spotted that a mile away.”

The first noted milkshake attack appers to be a strawberry shake chucked over Tommy Robinson, or to use his real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, when he was running as an independent candidate for European elections in the North West, twice in two days.

UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin was milkshaked (milkshook?) at least four times in May 2019, which was a period of local council and European elections in the UK.

According to The Atlantic, the issue has become so widespread that police have tried to prevent the sale of milkshakes near political rallies, with a McDonald’s in Edinburgh bowing to police recommendation and taking the ice cream drinks off the menu close to a Brexit Party rally.

Is throwing a milkshake on somebody authorized?

No. Although some argue that non-violent protest is a cornerstone of British democracy, hurling an object at a politician will not be thought of an appropriate type of protest. A person who hurled milkshake on Nigel Farage in 2019 was charged with frequent assault and handed a 12-month group service order and ordered to pay £350 compensation for a broken lapel microphone, dry cleansing and ‘distress and inconvenience’.

At the time, CPS barrister James Long advised a courtroom: “I suppose for the split second the attack took place, Mr Farage would not know whether it was a harmless liquid or something, in this day and age, far more sinister.”