Farage threatens rival broadcast
Nigel Farage has threatened to broadcast a rival show to voters if his UK Independence Party is excluded from televised debate between political leaders at the next general election.
Prime Minister David Cameron has made clear he does not believe Ukip should be represented if agreement is reached to repeat 2010's groundbreaking TV showdowns.
He says the debates - which are yet to be agreed but last time featured the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders - "predominantly should be about people who have a prospect of becoming Prime Minister".
Mr Farage - whose party has no MPs but is favourite to win the European elections in the UK next year and is consistently outscoring the Lib Dems in national opinion polls - has argued strongly in favour of being allowed to appear.
But he said he was working on some "fun" alternatives if he is not allowed to join the main event.
"If Ukip has good cause to think that it should be in the TV debates and it's excluded, we will provide an alternative form of entertainment on the evening," he told Total Politics.
"I'm working on some ideas.
"The internet is quite big these days.... you could live stream.
"There's one or two technical things we are working about and thinking about.
"It would be quite fun wouldn't it?
"People would have their TVs and their laptops next to it.
"They might think they can exclude us but modern technology has such a power.
"To be honest, if it wasn't for the internet we wouldn't be here.
"Youtube and Facebook and all of this has helped us to reach an audience we would not have reached."
Mr Farage said he would not rule out working with Mr Cameron in future - but only in the same way he could not rule out risking life and limb jumping out of a high window if a room was on fire.
"I'd have thought David Cameron would rather go to his political grave rather than ever contemplate doing a deal with the ghastly UKIP - that's my judgment, I could be wrong," he added.
He also conceded that he had in the past allowed the party to "look a bit like the rugby club on a day out" but that there had been an "astonishing" increase in the number of women now involved, who now dominated candidate lists for the European elections.
"We still have a preponderance of male over female voters, but it's nothing like the gulf that it was and I think get some of these women elected and into senior positions in the party and I think that image will change - and none of it done with an ounce of positive discrimination," he said.
He added that he relished outspoken attacks on him by other parties - such veteran Tory minister Ken Clarke's dismissal of his party as "clowns".
"Keep it coming, be as rude as you can, because actually, out there, people still have a tremendous sense of fair play in this country... and people see through it.
"I think much of the abuse has helped us, I think the 'clowns' comment was worth a couple of per cent, I really do."
It was an "outrage", he added, that no-one in Ukip had been offered a peerage.
"Cameron blathers on about wanting a House of Lords that represents the way people in this country vote, well crikey O'Reilly, we've been offered nothing."