I et intervju med Mail on Sunday forteller Nigel Farage at bilen hans var utsatt for sabotasje i slutten av oktober. Mens han kjørte på motorveien i Frankrike løsnet det ene hjulet og han mistet kontrollen over bilen. Politet fortalte ham at alle hjulene på Volvoen hans hadde blitt løsnet med overlegg. Farage har mottatt mange drapstrusler.
«It was the middle of bloody nowhere, and I was caught in a very bad position,’ he said. ‘There was a huge section of roadworks with cars going back and forth on the same side of the carriageway. I suddenly realised I was losing steering but there was no hard shoulder to pull on to. I slowed down, put the hazards on and then one of the wheels came off. I jumped over the wall as quickly as I bloody well could to get away from lorries and everything.»
The French police looked at it and said that sometimes nuts on one wheel can come a bit loose – but not on all four,’ Mr Farage said.
Mr Farage’s Volvo V70 comes with a single locking nut on each wheel, which should be immune from interference. But if the other four nuts are loosened, then the remaining one is likely to sheer off as soon as the car is travelling at speed.