Monday, 19 January 2015

January 2015 Edition.


January 2015 edition

At times we feel like Cassandra. Destined to be able to forecast the future, but equally destined not to be believed.

We have predicted constantly that the lack of Western willpower in pursuing the War against Islamic Terror would only be perceived as weakness by the Islamic minions around the world, and that as a result they would only become ever more daring and ferocious in their attacks against Western targets. And so of course this came to pass in Paris earlier this month.

Equally inevitable, alas, has been the reaction of so many liberal commentators throughout the West to the terrorist atrocities carried out by Muslims at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cachet supermarket. “These were not true Muslims”, “Only a small minority of Muslims support such terrorist acts” were the parrot-cries spewed out seemingly instinctively by liberal Western media and politicians alike. Such observations, of course, fly in the face of history.

Rather than the terrorists who carried of the Paris outrages being “not true Muslims” – it was actually the likes of Ahmed Merabet and Lassana Bathily, who disobeyed Islamic teaching by so bravely siding with the secular French state and protecting Jewish “infidels”, who were “not true Muslims”. A simple reading of history will show that ever since its inception during the 7th century the Mohammedan cult has been a vicious expansionist power forcibly converting by the sword and hell-bent on conquering the entire world – and thereby oppressing and enslaving all of mankind. This first manifested itself when the Muslim hordes swept out of Arabia and then through the Middle East, Egypt, North Africa and up into the Iberian Peninsular and Sicily during the 7th to 11th centuries, and then by the Islamic Ottoman Empire which invaded Europe as far as the gates of Vienna from the 15th to the 19th century.

Far more recently, however, there has been a third Islamic invasion of Europe – apparently far more peaceful at first, but as recent events in Paris have confirmed at heart just as fanatical and murderous as the first two waves. Do we have to remind everyone yet again about the continuous wave of Islamic terrorist atrocities which have taken place throughout the world over the past two decades – 9/11, 7/7, Madrid, Bali, Bombay, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the sadistic murder of Lee Rigby, Sydney, the Taliban attack on the Pakistani school, Brussels – and now Paris? There have now surely been far too many such incidents for them all to be dismissed as “not representative of true Muslims” – they clearly mark the very nature of the beast! History has shown us in the past that if we don’t crush them, then they will crush us.

Charlie Hebdo may appear a very unlikely champion of Western values. It is after all a satirical anarchist magazine which attacks all and every form of authority – but in its bravery to expose the true insidious nature of the Mohammedan religion it has done a priceless service to us all. To paraphrase Voltaire: “We may not agree with what you say, but we’ll defend to the death your right to say it”! The attack on the Jewish supermarket Hyper Cachet also demonstrates yet again how the Jewish people around the world – and not just in the State of Israel – are all on the frontline of the global struggle against expansionist Islam. For this reason it was most encouraging to see that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given a prominent position in the Paris march in honour of the victims of the atrocities.

But there have been a few glimmers of hope that the West is at last waking up to the Islamic threat which is endangering us all. Shortly before the Paris outrages the British government announced that it would shortly be establishing a new Royal Navy base in the Arab world at Bahrain, and that British troops – albeit regrettably few – would be returning to Iraq. In France itself the terrorist attacks have evidently resulted in an upsurge of support for the Front National, and in Germany (a most ironic location in view of the German-orchestrated EU drive for more non-White immigration into Europe!) demonstrations by the anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement have gained in strength.

As we’ve said before, however, in order for the global Islamic threat to be eliminated there must not only be renewed and decisive Western military action against the Islamic terrorists in their own homelands, but also moves to repatriate all Islamic “Fifth Columnists” currently resident in the West. Until sufficient willpower is exercised by Western leaders to take these necessary steps then all we can do is to declare defiantly: “Nous Sommes Tous Charlie Hebdo”, “Nous Sommes Tous des Juifs Français”!



Unfortunately the Springbok Club’s December event, a trip to the “Gardens and War Exhibition” at the Garden Museum in London, was unexpectedly poorly attended, but even so those who did join the party enjoyed a most pleasant day, which was rounded off by a visit to a former venue for Springbok Club events, the Morpeth Arms on Millbank. The “Gardens and War Exhibition” was primarily concerned with illustrating the saga of how those British and Commonwealth citizens who were interned by the German authorities at the start of WWI spent their recreational time cultivating gardens in their internment camps, gaining recognition for their resulting achievements from the Royal Horticultural Society in London! Of particular interest was the revelation that the inmates in the camp were racially segregated, with West Indian prisoners who were interned from a British-registered ship seized in the port of Hamburg at the start of hostilities having their own separate internment huts – but were still able to participate in the gardening exploits!


The Springbok Club will be holding its 2015 AGM on Thursday 22nd January, and all current members of the organization should already have been informed of the precise details. Following the business side of this meeting there will be a full “report-back” on last year’s “Raising of the Flag” ceremony in Norfolk, at which a leading official of the Springbok Club was most honoured to be invited to give one of the three key-note speeches. Although only fully paid-up members of the Springbok Club will be entitled to participate in the business side of this AGM, membership fees and renewals will be accepted on the day, and all supporters will be welcome to attend the latter “report-back” side of this event. If you are therefore interested in attending please either e-mail or ‘phone 07711188430 in order to obtain more precise details.


Saracens RFC have given the Springbok Club a most generous discount offer for a party to attend their match against the Northern Transvaal Blue Bulls on Saturday 31st January 2015. In order to take advantage of this offer we need to know all those interested in attending as soon as possible, so if you would like to join the party please either e-mail or ‘phone 07711188430 as soon as possible with your details.


Later during 2015 the Springbok Club plans to hold meetings to be addressed by a long-standing British friend of South Africa, by a prominent ex-Rhodesian and by a visiting South African personality.



The Swinton Circle welcomed Mr. Marko Gasic, a leading Serbian spokesman in London, as guest speaker last month. Mr. Gasic gave a most captivating speech in which he outlined the struggle of the Serbian people during the past 100 years since the outbreak of WWI, and how they had managed to overcome so many phenomenal obstacles in order to survive as a nation. He also emphasized how Serbia and Britain were natural allies who had fought together during two world wars, and that as a result Serbia was Britain’s greatest and most natural friend in the Balkans today. There was most encouragingly a very high turnout at this meeting, with some people even having to stand at the back of the function room. The Swinton Circle is therefore definitely advancing fast.


The Swinton Circle has decided not to stage any meeting of its own during January, but instead to give its full support to New Britain’s annual Australia Day event, full details of which are given in the “New Britain News” section below. The Swinton Circle is however planning a series of interesting meetings in conjunction with another political entity to be addressed by leading political figures during February, March and April in the lead-up to the 2015 General Election.


As one existing Committee member of the Swinton Circle has requested to resign, and another has decided to stand-down because of ill-health, a special Committee meeting of the organisation was held earlier this month, at which two new Committee members were appointed. The resulting re-organised Committee has all the hallmarks of being far more dynamic and motivated than the previous Committee, and indeed steps are already in place to establish a book-selling arm of the organization.


Membership fees and donations to the Swinton Circle can be made via PayPal on the organisation’s web-site home page at - simply 'click' on the line "PayPal = the safer, easier way to pay online" at the bottom of the home page; if the error message "This content cannot be displayed in a Frame" appears then simply 'click' on the line "Open this Content in a New Window".


The Swinton Circle is also happy to announce that after a hiatus of a few years the organisation’s Twitter presence has now been re-activated. This can now be followed on Twitter @SwintonCircle.


Many readers may be aware of an article which appeared in The Guardian of 17th December 2014 which attacked a couple of Conservative backbench MPs for speaking at meetings staged by an organization calling itself “The London Swinton Circle”, which it was claimed had neo-fascist connections and which had evidently been circulating extremist material. We would like to emphasize therefore that this phony outfit has absolutely no connection to the official Swinton Circle, but is the creation of Messrs. Allan Robertson and Daniel Wilkinson who were both expelled from the Swinton Circle for gross misconduct following an EGM of the organization which had to be called in January 2009. Both individuals have apparently been living in denial ever since, so hopefully this exposé by The Guardian of their extremist connections will put a stop to their deceptive antics once and for all. Unfortunately this exposé may also reflect badly upon the real Swinton Circle, so we would ask all readers who might hear reference to this article to emphasise that it did not refer to the true Swinton Circle, but rather to a small clique of disgruntled expelled members.



After a very problematic year we are pleased to be able to report that New Britain is fully back and running for 2015, and will be staging their annual Australia Day celebrations later this month, the details of which are as follows:-

Date : Monday 26th January 2015

Time : To commence at 19.00 hrs

Venue : St. Botolph’s Hall, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL (adjacent to Liverpool Street Station).

Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Heros Band”, keynote speeches will be made, and letters of solidarity with Australia will be signed to be sent to the Australian Prime Minister and the Australian High Commissioner.



The BBC’s annual “Sports Personality of the Year” (SPOTY) award has often produced surprising winners – but none so controversial as in 2014. After his truly triumphant year, which saw him win two of the four Golfing majors, Rory McIlroy was the odds-on favourite with bookmakers and sporting enthusiasts alike. Instead, however, the award (which was decided by a telephone poll of viewers) went to Lewis Hamilton, who had won the 2014 World F1 Motor Racing Championship in reality simply by beating his team-mate. So dumbfounding was the result that even Hamilton himself – to his credit – expressed great surprise and stated that he would have voted for McIlroy. There certainly seemed to be something very suspicious at play here therefore, and the suggestion of “politically correct” interference in the poll cannot be ruled out. This suspicion is not only because Hamilton is non-White, but more importantly because McIlroy, who hails from a sectarianly-mixed Ulster background, is torn between representing Great Britain (as he should) or the Republic of Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Although the Golfing authorities have put pressure on McIlroy to represent the RoI, his final decision is by no means certain – but a snub like that apparently given to him by his fellow-countrymen in the SPOTY contest might well make such a regrettable decision final. The fact which makes this situation even more suspect is that both the total number of votes cast and the number of votes received by the winner were considerably lower than in recent years – in spite of viewing figures being much the same. The circumstantial evidence therefore certainly suggests that thousands – if not tens of thousands - of telephone votes were simply not counted. We therefore call upon the BBC authorities to conduct a full investigation into this poll, and if it is discovered that counting errors occurred then the award should be re-allocated.



We have recently received the following very important circular from the SanWild Wildlife Trust. We hope that readers might be able to help :-

“The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is listed as vulnerable, facing various threats including competition with and predation by other carnivores, a gene pool with very low variability, and persecution by mankind. It is a charismatic species and many captive cats are ‘ambassadors’ for their species and wildlife conservation in general.

“Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species (African subspecies threatened, Asiatic subspecies in critical situation) as well as on the US Endangered Species Act: threatened species - Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

“Approximately 12,400 cheetahs remain in the wild in twenty-five African countries. Namibia has approx. 2,500, Botswana has around 2000 cheetah remaining in the wild and South Africa comes in third with approximately 1140 animals remaining in the wild.

“Another fifty to sixty critically endangered Asiatic cheetahs are thought to remain in Iran. There have been some successful breeding programs, including the use of in vitro-fertilisation, in zoos around the world.

“Cheetahs are notoriously poor breeders in captivity, however in the wild the cheetah is a prolific breeder, with up to nine cubs in a litter. It is therefore crucially important that conservation projects are encouraged where cheetahs can breed under natural conditions.


“In December 2010 the South African National Parks Board donated three cheetah males to SanWild. The coalition of brothers was kept in a temporary holding boma to acclimatize and lose their homing instinct. They were returned to the wild on the 9 August 2011. One of the brothers was unfortunately killed by a zebra while attempting to catch a zebra foal soon after release, but the other two brothers have been thriving since then and have now reached full maturity and are ready to breed.

“With the help of the Endangered Wildlife Trust SanWild has secured two suitable young females that can be introduced to the males at SanWild in order to start up a breeding program in the wild. The animals were sourced from a private reserve in the Eastern Cape.


“The majority of cubs do not survive to adulthood, mainly as a result of depredation from other predators such as the lion and spotted hyena; none of which are found at SanWild in a free-ranging situation therefore making it an ideal habitat for cheetah release. SanWild also have sufficient prey species available to accommodate a viable cheetah breeding programme.

“The rate of cub mortality varies from area to area, from 50% to 75%, and in extreme cases such as the Serengeti ecosystem, up to 90%. It could also be that genetic factors play a role in cub mortalities.

“It has also been suggested that the low genetic diversity of cheetahs is a cause of poor sperm, birth defects, cramped teeth, curled tails, and bent limbs. Some biologists even believe that they are too inbred to flourish as a species. Note, however, that they lost most of their genetic diversity thousands of years ago, and yet seem to have only been in decline in the last century or so, suggesting factors other than genetics are mainly responsible.


“SanWild urgently needs to secure R91,200.00 for this conservation project. The amount will include the relocation (by air) from the eastern cape, temporary holding, rehabilitation, introduction to the males and return of all the cheetahs to the wild where they will be provided with supplementary feeding until such time that the females are hunting and providing for themselves which with the help of the males are expected to happen relatively soon.”

Donations towards this project can also be made directly via the SanWild web-site at:



We have recently received the following latest news about the condition of that great South African patriot Clive Derby-Lewis – so wickedly incarcerated by the ANC regime – from his wife Gaye. We trust that all readers will continue to keep Clive’s plight constantly in their thoughts, and if anyone can help in any way to procure his release we hope that they will do the best they can :-

“You have probably seen that the attorneys have lodged an application with the courts to release Clive on medical grounds.

“We did apply for medical parole, which is different. This was lodged firstly in March of this year, then they came back with technical questions and it was again lodged in early July. A few weeks ago the Medical Parole Board sought an update on Clive’s health, and we haven’t heard anything since. There is no time limit applicable to a Medical Parole application being granted so they can drag their feet as long as they like.

“Hence the new court application for release on health grounds. Not a parole condition, just a release. Period. We’ll see what happens.

“Clive has responded well to the radiation and chemo treatment but he still of course has cancer. In addition he underwent two further operations, one on his throat and he also had a hernia. For a person of his age (he’s 79 next birthday – January 22), he’s remarkably fit to withstand all the op’s he’s had over the past few years.

“He is being well looked after in hospital and gets visitors, but he’s of course sick of the whole double standard story, the so-called justice system and in fact the whole thing. All our work and suffering for nothing! What a story! Had we known this when we started out, would we have proceeded along the path to try and save White South Africa?

“Can’t answer that. Who knows? It seems to me however that White South Africans are not really interested in being ‘saved’. They think they’re OK! Many of them don’t even see the dangers. They might as well be living in Southern California for all that this calamitous government has affected them. This of course excludes those who voted No, who have no jobs because of discrimination, and the farmers who are continually under the yoke of the ANC’s hatred (and can they hate!), and various other people who still need to deal with them.

“Be that as it may! We are hoping that this new move will work and that Clive will be out. Some kind person has guaranteed his living when he comes out such as frail care and other possible necessities. We can never thank this person enough!

“We’ll keep you posted on the proceedings and once again thanks for your support over the years. Who knew when we started out that the collapse would have been so spectacular, and that those who handed us over would be lauded throughout the world. What a strange turn of events!

“Anyway keep up the prayers and we’ll let you know the outcome.”



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"LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALFRED JAMES TOMLINSON: MEMOIRS OF AN AFRICAN PIONEER AND BSAP OFFICER" is now available at, and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. This book contains excerpts from Lieut. Tomlinson's writings detailing his experiences as a member of the BSAP in Southern Rhodesia, where he rose from the rank of an ordinary trooper to retire as the commanding officer. It also includes the personal story of Majaqaba Ncube, a man who was enslaved by Lobengula when his entire village was massacred by the chief's soldiers. After he escaped, Lieut. Tomlinson saved him from certain death and gave him a job. They lost contact and were reunited after 45 years, when Majaqaba presented Lieut. Tomlinson with an earthenware jar.

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The narrative gives the reader an overview of the history of the White man in southern Africa with detailed emphasis on the Rhodesian story through the life and times of PK van der Byl, one of the major players in a political drama that ended in the accession to power of Robert Mugabe under the auspices of the British government. By his very nature PK was controversial and confrontational. This account is likely to give offence to some because it portrays him as bluntly as he was in real life. Much can be contested about PK van der Byl but few will dispute he was an extremely colourful character with a devilish sense of humour. This memoir covers his life with a full flourish while doing nothing to detract from the seriousness of the international political and military conflict in which he was engaged. The reader will glean new information on a highly controversial subject and emerge with a more sympathetic understanding of what PK van der Byl and his colleagues did and strove for. The human tragedy that has followed the removal from power of Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front party will almost certainly force the reader to deal with some uncomfortable conclusions, of value to anyone sincere about grappling with the volatile and deeply troubling challenges that confront all Africans today.

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"BLUE WATCH" by Gwyn Fford-Osborne

Rhodesia, in 1975 and a bloody vicious civil war is at its height. A war between the White minority supported by the Black majority and the ZAPU and ZANU terrorist groups, supported by Zambia and Mozambique. Kensington, a small town in the farming belt has been the subject of several terrorist attacks but with only a small police force for defence, the local T.A. unit having been called up for service on the Zambia border the situation appears grim. Until Iffor Meredith turns up on a pilgrimage to meet up with his wife and son of his old army buddy, recently murdered by terrorists. A deadly ambush on the "Dix" family and his escape from a land mine attack makes Iffor determined to offer resistance of some form or other to the terrorists. His application to join the Rhodesian Army has been accepted and he sets about forming a small militia. With all the fit men already on call up, who can he recruit from. Then he's invited to a darts match at the Moth Club and meets up with the remnants of the town's Fire Brigade, the men considered too old for call up. Blue Watch.

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No.194 : Mrs, BARBARA OWEN of Durban.

Our very great friend and supporter Maurice Owen from Durban of course sadly died several years ago now. We have however been wondering what has happened to his lovely wife Barbara and the rest of his family? If anyone knows anything about their present situation then we would be very interested to hear.



Mr. Brian Danes, the hard-working and highly respected patriotic activist and long-standing stalwart of the Swinton Circle, launched his 343 Group shortly after the 2010 General Election. The main purpose of this initiative was to produce and distribute various “Fact Sheets” which Mr. Danes had researched and written over the years. A rudimentary web-site has now been constructed for the 343 Group which carries a number of these “Fact Sheets”, and this can be accessed at :-





Whether or not we should intervene against Isis or anyone else, I trust that various people will now realise that cutbacks in defence were a short-sighted mistake and should be reversed - by which I mean, restore our defences to Thatcher-era levels. The money can be found by ending all funding of the EU and slashing overseas aid - for a start; but if we have to increase taxes as a last resort, so be it. We have been governed for far too long by anti-military Labour social workers and penny-pinching Tory accountants who would rather save money than their country.

Yours etc.,

Mark Taylor, London, U.K.




So [Anthony] Tony Hancock was a flasher! Can’t say I was really surprised. I knew his family vaguely during the 1970s. They were all dysfunctional. His father Allan was a pre-[Second World] War Mosleyite and his mother was a German Nazi. The family ran a Bed-and-Breakfast in Brighton called the “Heidelberg Hotel”, which was reputed to serve the worst food in Brighton. They lost their local council approval rating on several occasions. Allan Hancock committed suicide at his print-works in Uckfield (where he started the “family business” of publishing Holocaust-denial rubbish) around 1989. Don’t know the reason why, but I suspect because it finally clicked what nonsense Holocaust-denial was. Tony evidently found his body and it had a devastating effect upon him. Strange therefore that he continued publishing all that Holocaust-denial stupidity – but after all anyone who went round wagging his genitals at women on the beachfront can’t have been all right up top!

Yours etc.,

J.H.S., Rye, Sussex, U.K.




Sure there are a lot of people in Europe, and even in the USA, who can really understand what happens in the Ukraine. It is significant that more people abroad have known about Ukrainian Hitlerizm. By the way, Russian mass-media does not criticize NATO bombing ISIL troops - they are our common enemies. Putin tries to find some ways to support Iraqi state army and Iran in the struggle against ISIL. I think Western coalition can stop ISIL's offence. Besides, Turkey and Iran are n your side as well.

Yours etc.,

Boris Grig, Kaliningrad, Russia




I have to be careful regarding the analysis of the Scottish Referendum result, however it cannot be denied that the 4 districts which voted YES are the areas which have the highest proportion of Roman Catholics of Irish descent in them.

That is not to say all of them voted YES. I personally know RCs who voted NO. Jim Murphy, John Reid and other prominent RCs voted NO and indeed were big hitters in the NO campaign.

Salmond has recently been sucking up to the RC voters and is now a supporter of separate education for RC children. He also, Janus like, has been - it would seem successfully - campaigning hard in traditional Labour heartlands, coincidentally the 4 districts who did vote YES.

The big surprise for me was that in districts where the SNP have Westminster MPs and have done for years, they lost the vote. This is due to the vagaries of the 4 party election system in Scotland which splits the vote and allows SNP Westminster members to be elected. Just the way it is. He fully expected to win those districts.

Let us face it, despite what we think, devolution is here to stay, wish it wasn't but it is. Blair's constitutional vandalism needs to be fully addressed in a systematic, logical manner. The only logical solution is a Royal Commission to examine the issue and give recommendations as to the future constitutional set up. This to be done after the English votes for English laws quick fix is effected.

The old unitary state is dead and the future may be federalism where the 4 nations exist in a Union ala the Bundesrepublik or such like. The quid pro quo for this could be that all future constitutional issues are a reserved power for the UK main parliament and are never, ever outsourced to a constituent nation as was disastrously given to Salmond by Cameron.

Yours etc.,

“Loyalist”, Glasgow, U.K.




During my 13 years in New Zealand I have spoken to a lot of South Africans and am surprised how little they knew of what went on in the old days in South Africa. They must have lived with blinkers on and know very little of the actions of the ANC.

I worked for the Durban Corporation Telephone Department during the 1950's until 1960. Because I am not a racist I got on very well with my Black worker Johannes. One day he disappeared; after several months his wife came to collect his payout, I asked her if she knew what happened to Johannes, she replied “he was killed by the ANC because he refused to join them”. This was repeated a year later to another worker, namely Petrus. I lost 2 friends, and then on the 30 October 2003, 12 years ago, I lost my own brother outside his farm to the ANC. I am 75 now and the truth needs to be told about Mandela and his ANC. There many, many more stories, I will never forget the story I told you about the day in July 1964 when I had the fortune to miss the bomb blast at Johannesburg Station.
I still feel very sad when I read the articles from the Freedom Front Plus newsletter like the one I sent you recently.

Keep up the good work

Yours etc.,

Ray Absalom, Auckland, New Zealand



There were no tears from our movement when we learnt the news of the recent death of Jeremy Thorpe. Thorpe truly epitomised all that was rotten about 20th Century Liberalism.

Born into a family that was traditionally Conservative, Thorpe “rebelled” at an early age and started to identify with all that was degenerate. At University he first started dressing in eccentric style (a peculiarity which stayed with him throughout his life), which as was later admitted was a sign of his homosexual dalliances. His increasing liberal tendencies also caused him to oppose all forms of national defence, so that when it came time for him to enlist for National Service he tried to avoid his call-up. Unsuccessful at first, he soon discovered that bed-wetting was an easy way to be classified as unfit for military service. He therefore drunk vast quantities of water every night before retiring to bed, with the inevitable result – and thus obtained a dishonourable discharge!

Seeking to embark upon a political career, it soon became obvious that as he was by temperament anti-conservative and as his upper-class origins would make it difficult for him to join the Labour Party, the [then] tiny Liberal Party was the only avenue open to him. He was selected as Liberal candidate for North Devon (an area with a long non-conformist tradition) and narrowly won the seat in 1959, then somehow managed to retain it for the next 20 years. This was particularly surprising as he was forthright in his opposition to the death penalty and opposed support for his Southern African kith and kin – two issues where local opinion polls showed that the vast majority of his electors were fully in favour of! Following the resignation of Jo Grimmond, and with only 12 Liberal MPs in Parliament, Thorpe was elected Liberal leader by this limited electorate, which clearly had very little talent available. Soon after becoming Liberal leader he became notorious for, regardless of his otherwise opposition to all forms of “militarism”, advocating the bombing of road links between Rhodesia and South Africa following Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence. So appalling was this idea that even Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson (no friend of the White Man in Southern Africa!) castigated him scathingly, coining the nickname of “Bomber” Thorpe for him, which stuck ever after.

Thorpe subsequently became immersed in two severe scandals. He was a Director of the London and County Securities Bank, an institution which turned out to be little more than a scam, and which failed after swindling many small investors out of their savings. For some unknown reason Thorpe was never prosecuted for any wrong-doing whilst a Director of this bogus bank. A far more dramatic scandal was soon to engulf Thorpe however. It came to light that he had seduced a shy and impressionable young man named Norman Scott during the early 1960s. As Thorpe rose in fame Scott became increasingly sickened by memories of what had happened to him, so decided that it was in the national interest to expose Thorpe as the pervert which he was. When Thorpe caught wind of the fact that Scott was trying to alert the press to his terrible experiences he decided that the only solution was to eliminate Scott. With the assistance of a group of leading Liberal Party officials Thorpe therefore conspired to have Scott killed. Whether this plot simply “went wrong”, or whether the hired hit-man simply couldn’t go through with the planned murder will never be known, but in the end it was Scott’s pet dog Rinka who was shot, and not Scott himself (something of an irony, as Thorpe had earlier gained further notoriety by saying that he would go miles to see a dog fight!). Thorpe was subsequently tried for conspiracy to murder, but astonishingly was acquitted. Even his own defence team subsequently admitted that they were greatly surprised by the verdict!

Regardless of his acquittal very few people believed the verdict, and Thorpe’s public and political career was thus over. Even ultra-liberal organisations such as the United Nations Association and the National Council for Civil Liberties refused to have any dealings with him when he applied for positions with them. This was not surprising, for another equally embarrassing scandal was subsequently exposed concerning Thorpe, for it was revealed that his fellow Liberal Party MP, the obscenely obese Cyril Smith, was a notoriously evil paedophile, and that Thorpe, whilst Liberal Party leader, had assiduously covered up this fact.

Jeremy Thorpe was therefore a man with seemingly no redeeming features. He was a predatory homosexual, he was a financial swindler, he was a would-be murderer, he was a hater and would-be slaughterer of his own kith and kin, he was a liar, he was a protector of paedophiles – and he was a bed-wetter. So much for 20th Century Liberalism.


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