I was slightly worried reading this about Farage

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.

17 comments on “I was slightly worried reading this about Farage

  1. Strange how many Labour mps were ex communists and no one seems to mind. After all Stalin killed more people than Hitler.
    The double standards is shocking.

  2. 1. What the fuck werwe Dulwich doing employing this Deakin woman?

    2. How on earth can things a guy did while at school possibly be thought a suitable basis for investigative news items by Channel 4?

    It’s almost like they have an anti-UKIP agenda.

    3. I don’t believe it, either. I was in the CCF – this being the 70s, we all fantasised about killing Jerries, not being them.

    (I’m not a member of or voter for UKIP, though the more they character assassinate them the more I’m tempted.)

  3. 2. How on earth can things a guy did while at school possibly be thought a suitable basis for investigative news items by Channel 4?

    You should see some of the things dredged up about Tony Abbott to try and smear him as an “anti-science, misogynistic, racist, anti-gay Murdoch crony.” It wouldn’t surprise me if they went back to the time when he threw up on his mum at six weeks of age and used that to call him anti-women.

  4. I don’t believe it, either. I was in the CCF – this being the 70s, we all fantasised about killing Jerries, not being them.

    this is an interesting point. Although I might have thought that the enemies were the russkies by then. I was in the CCF in the late 90s and when we did display war games the enemies were some sort of generic middle eastern*

    That said, everyone says a few silly extreme things when young.

    *clearly, this being post Gulf I, they were meant to be Iraqi, but you couldn’t come out and say that explicitly. But it was interesting that it rather prefigured the next decade of war…

  5. “do at 16 or 17 is moot”: for Christ’s sake, Worstall, did they teach you nothing at your secondary school?

    Shoulda gone to Ampleforth.

  6. @Sam ‘I might have thought that the enemies were the russkies by then.’

    Interestingly, no-one of my acquaintance ever saw Russians as the enemy in jeuvile war gaming, or compulsory CCF stuff.

    Battle Action comic had Johnny red flying a Hurricane with the Russians, for instance. There was no Action man in Commie, as far as I can recall, but there was an excellent Wehrmacht version.

    Arnald – what happened to the business your old man ran that you worked for? Did it go bust through your old man’s incompetence, or because of his predeliction for spending company money on prossies he could beat up? Must be a bummer, having to do what you do now! :-)

  7. for dearieme’s benefit:

    moot
    adjective
    1.open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful: a moot point.
    2.of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic.
    3.Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.

  8. In the show it was agreed that a lot of the teachers were the sort of leftist coterie (even they agreed though not in that language). One can see why any intelligent child would find it easy and enjoyable to wind them up. Good for him.

    Of course C4 news, being an honest and balanced news reporter rather than a wholly corrupt fascist propaganda organisation desperately pushing smear stories (& having done 3 recent smear stories about UKIP and no policy ones) must intend tonight, to broadcast several thousand stories about the inanities of numerous Labour politicians (eg Jack Straw) back when they were students.

    Or not as the case may be.

  9. Mind you the Horst Wessel lied is a bloody good song. When I looked it up on YouTube I got a special little pre-warning that I might be offended. I don’t get that with the numerous equally good Soviet songs I look up.

  10. “There was no Action man in Commie”

    There was definitely an Action Man WWII Russian Soldier uniform.

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