But he faces a fresh row before Ukip’s annual gathering in London after Channel 4 News obtained a letter written 30 years ago by a teacher at Farage’s old school, Dulwich College. The letter to the head of the school, written by Chloe Deakin, expressed concern that Farage had been made a prefect despite reports of “publicly professed racist and neo-fascist views”.
Dated 4 June 1981, the letter says one of Farage’s teachers described how the schoolboy and others “marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hitler Youth songs” while he was in the cadet force. Farage said any suggestion of singing the songs was “complete baloney”, but admitted: “Of course I said some ridiculous things – not necessarily racist things.”
What people do at 16 or 17 is moot: we all do very silly things at that age. There’s plenty who have been communists at that stage for example.
But the thing that worried me about the story was that the music teacher at Dulwich at that time, and thus the man who would have at least tried to teach Nigel to sing, was (and is still) my brother in law.
Fortunately Nipper isn’t the teacher in this story.