Nigel Farage schooldays letter reveals concerns over fascism

“Channel 4 News obtains a letter about Ukip leader Nigel Farage, from his days as a schoolboy, in which teachers are quoted as accusing him of being “racist” and “fascist”.

 

“In the late 1970s and early eighties the Ukip leader was a pupil at Dulwich College in south London, one of Britain’s most prestigious schools. Channel 4 News has uncovered strong evidence that teachers at Dulwich thought Nigel Farage was “racist”, and “fascist” or “neo-fascist”.

We have a long letter (below) written in June 1981 by a young English teacher, Chloe Deakin, begging the master of the college (head teacher), David Emms, to reconsider his decision to appoint Farage as a prefect. Deakin did not know Farage personally but her letter includes an account of what was said by staff at their annual meeting, held a few days earlier, to discuss new prefects.

The letter says that when one teacher said Farage was “a fascist, but that was no reason why he would not make a good prefect,” there was “considerable reaction” from colleagues.

The letter continues: “Another colleague, who teaches the boy, described his publicly professed racist and neo-fascist views; and he cited a particular incident in which Farage was so offensive to a boy in his set, that he had to be removed from the lesson. This master stated his view that this behaviour was precisely why the boy should not be made a prefect. Yet another colleague described how, at a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) camp organised by the college, Farage and others had marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hitler-youth songs.”

 

Read the full article here,

 

http://www.channel4.com/news/nigel-farage-ukip-letter-school-concerns-racism-fascism

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  1. “I was at a Prayer for Israel group yesterday when I learned that four dozen or so Conservative MPs had a meeting with Foreign Secretary William Hague to press for better UK support of Israel. Apparantly, Hague gave them short shrift and lost his temper with them. I am a floating voter and voted Tory for the first time in many years on the strength of David Cameron saying he was a Zionist. I feel badly let down. I should have stuck with UKIP. We must all try to get our MPs and the media to see what is really happening regarding Israel and the Arabs.”

    http://www.christiansforzion.com/news/2012/3/30/ukip-support-for-israel.html

    Oh my. Poor CfZs just can’t get it right these days…can they?

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