Monday, 26 September 2016

September 2016 Edition


September 2016 edition

The victory of the “Vote Leave” campaign in the EU Referendum held in the UK on 23rd June was of course a glorious triumph in itself, but even more encouraging developments have subsequently transpired both in the UK itself and in the Western World as a whole. It is just as if an entirely new – and better – zeitgeist has suddenly emerged!

The first such development has been the spontaneous emergence of what the liberal/left media refers to as “post-Brexit racial attacks”. Although there have been a few isolated examples of physical attacks against members of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population (both Third World from the immediate post-WWII decades, and more recent from eastern Europe as a direct result of Britain’s EU membership) these have in reality been very few and far between. The far more common form that these “attacks” have taken has been verbal and involving wall graffiti. Although perhaps unpleasant, are such expressions of opinion really as reprehensible as the liberal/left media would have us believe? The immigrants (although perhaps in many cases their parents and grandparents) made the voluntarily decision to move to another more advanced country where they must have known that they would not be welcome, so therefore only have themselves (or their parents or grandparents) to blame if they have been upset by any unpleasantness. The surprising thing is that it has taken so many decades for the British people to voice their opposition to these unwelcome waves of immigration, as they were cowered into silence by anti-free speech “race relations” legislation enacted by the Wilson/Heath/Callaghan socialist administrations of the 1960s and 1970s – and more recently by the “politically correct” zeitgeist of the 1990s. The fact that the British people have now been liberated in this regard can therefore surely only be regarded as a good thing for all concerned – particularly as so many of the immigrants and their descendents are now re-locating back to their own countries where they will undoubtedly be far happier and feel more at home.

The second development has been the fact that it now appears “trendy” to have supported Brexit – indeed it seems very difficult to find many people who now openly admit to have voted to Remain! The most pro-EU party, the Liberal Democrats, continue to languish in the opinion polls in spite of the fact that the Labour Party is currently in such complete disarray, and despite the fact that many commentators predicted that as their main aim had been accomplished UKIP would simply wither away, their support under their new leadership has actually been rising! But it is with the governing Conservative Party where this new pro-Brexit energizing has been most noticeable and important however. Although Prime Minister Theresa May supported the Remain side at the Referendum (albeit only luke-warmly) she has now emphatically stated “Brexit means Brexit”, and clearly means it – and 90 to 95% of the Conservative Party have swung into line behind her! The doom-mongering Remainians who predicted economic collapse and disaster immediately following the Brexit vote have been proved to be catastrophically wrong, and most of them have now simply shut up and sulked away into a corner – from where they will probably emerge in a few years time claiming that they secretly supported Brexit all along!

The final development has been that the defiant spirit of Brexit has now spread beyond Britain’s borders, not only to other European nation-states still trapped within the EU, but also to the wider Western world. Already terms such as “Frexit” and “Nexit” etc. have been termed as opinion polls show that the majority of citizens in both France and the Netherlands etc. now favour leaving the EU (indeed the word “Frexit” was seen painted on the road at several places during this year’s Tour de France!). The euphoria of Brexit has furthermore removed the ongoing Greek financial crisis from the international media spotlight, but it is actually continuing unabated, and with one of the main cash-cows keeping the Greek economy afloat soon to leave the EU it means that “Grexit” – at least from the Euro currency – now appears even more inevitable. Meanwhile the current Hungarian government is defiantly opposing the German-inspired mass invasion of the European continent by swarms of Third World migrants, and as a result may be forced out of the EU (which of course will probably be welcomed by the majority of Hungarian people!). This same spirit of national re-assertion is manifesting itself elsewhere around the globe however. As we have observed in the past, the New Zealanders’ decision to retain their true national flag in the Referendum of 24th March of this year can be viewed as the “morning star” of the Brexit triumph, but it is to the United States where perhaps the most encouraging development of this magic year of 2016 may occur. Although just a few months ago a victory for Donald J. Trump in the US Presidential Election seemed impossible, it is now looking increasingly likely – and the invocation of the spirit of Brexit (erstwhile UKIP leader Nigel Farage has already spoken on an official Trump election platform!) has clearly been a major contributing factor for this.

If Donald J. Trump is victorious in November, and if this can then be followed next year by a victory for Marie le Pen in the French Presidential Election (something again which just a few months ago was considered impossible, but is now seeming to be within the bounds of possibility), then quite clearly we will shortly be living in a far different – and far better – world than as recently as 2015! The days ahead will inspire us.



We are most pleased – and indeed euphoric - to be able to report that this year’s “Raising of the Flag” ceremony in Norfolk, marking the 126th Anniversary of the foundation of Rhodesia, proved a great success. The turnout at the event this year was clearly higher than last year, and the number of Springbok Club members and supporters in attendance was also a significant increase on previous years. Peter Sladden, who has been organizing these inspiring events at his Manor in Norfolk since 1980, deserves hearty congratulations – a true hero of our times if ever there was one! Robert Mugabe might have thought that he had destroyed Rhodesia when he was handed power in 1980, but he was wrong. The spirit of Rhodesia lives on! A host of pictures from this year’s ceremony can be viewed on the Springbok Club’s FaceBook Page and Group, and a copy of one of the two keynote speeches made at the event can be accessed at :-

The date of the 2017 “Raising of the Flag” ceremony has already been set for Sunday 10th September 2017. We would therefore ask all supporters to diarise this date NOW. There will therefore be no excuse for anyone to claim that they weren’t notified far enough in advance!


The Springbok Club will be making a visit to the Imperial War Museum on Saturday 22nd October, specifically to see a special exhibition being staged there entitled “Curiosities of War”. Provisional arrangements are to assemble in front of the main entrance of the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ (alongside the huge naval guns) between 14.00 hrs. and 14.30 hrs, but for more precise details please either e-mail: or 'phone: 07711188430.

In November the Springbok Club will be holding its annual UDI Day Buffet, at which the guest speaker will be a leading military expert who served in the British, South African and Rhodesian armed forces. More details about this event will appear in next month’s SCN.



It now looks as if the planned official re-launch of the Swinton Circle featuring a leading personality from the “Vote Leave” campaign in October may have to be put back slightly because of the guest speaker’s tight schedule. This may however prove to be a blessing in disguise, as discussions for a merger between the Swinton Circle and another patriotic organization have still to be finalized (this is in addition to the earlier decision by the 343 Group of Brian Danes and Lindsay Jenkins to merge with the Swinton Circle), and so the planned re-launch meeting could therefore become the first event to be staged by the new larger merged organization. Further details will of course be given in due course in future editions of the SCN.

[ Most readers will probably recall the severe problems experienced by the Swinton Circle which caused the temporary collapse of the organization following a most problematic meeting which the Swinton Circle tried to stage on 31st July 2015. At this meeting the Swinton Circle had invited the leader of an outfit calling itself “Liberty GB”, a certain Mr. Paul Weston, to address the gathering, but in thanks for this act of friendship certain leading officials in “Liberty GB” chose to issue totally unauthorized “invitations” to members of several extremist organizations, who then proceeded to hijack and wreck proceedings. Recently, however, we have learnt of two further most sickening revelations concerning this “Liberty GB” outfit. Firstly they have evidently decided to field a candidate in the Batley & Spen by-election, caused by the terrible murder of the sitting Labour MP Jo Cox, in spite of the fact that all the major parties have decided not to oppose Labour as a mark of respect. This decision by the “Liberty GB” outfit is therefore clearly in shockingly bad taste. Even more significant in this regard, moreover, is the fact that the “Liberty GB” candidate, one Jack Buckby, was clearly implicated in the distribution of the mischief-making unauthorized “invitations” to the disastrous Swinton Circle meeting of 31st July 2015. Secondly a doom-mongering statement issued by Mr.Weston in which he propagates the completely unsubstantiated idea that a Muslim could become British Prime Minister within the next 25 years has recently appeared on the Gatestone Institute’s internet news service. Quite clearly therefore this “Liberty GB” outfit is an unsavoury and indeed highly sinister organization which shouldn’t be touched with a bargepole! ]



We have recently received the following message from the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary :-

“SanWild does not normally raise funds to help domestic animals, but in our immediate area a crisis has come up that needs to be addressed urgently.

“A small organization which does community outreach work have been doing a sterling job in our immediate area. Unfortunately they have now run out of funding and it is our moral and ethical duty to help them avert a crisis, failing which they will have to cease operations. This will be a real tragedy as there is simply no other to take their place to alleviate the suffering of domestic animals in the local communities.

“We will be extremely grateful for your support for this particular project. If you could help we will appreciate cash donation via the link we set up for them on PayPal. Please click here to be directed to the PayPal link.

“You can also send them dog and cat food. For a delivery address please e-mail Louise Joubert on Cash donations received will be used to pay their veterinary bills for emergency treatment for injured and sick animals.

“It would be wonderful if you could invite your friends to join our FaceBook fundraiser in order to help us to keep this wonderful initiative going.

“We will really appreciate your help! Thank you to those who have already contributed to this worthy cause.”

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Since writing last month’s SCN the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games have taken place, and just as was the case with the earlier Rio Olympic Games they proved to be a great success, and all those pathetic doom-mongers who predicted that there would not be sufficient funds to stage them and that attendances would be poor were proved categorically wrong! For Britain the outstanding triumphs of the 2016 Olympics continued – and indeed were increased on – in the Paralympics, and our hearty congratulations are of course extended to all the worthy British medal winners. The only objection which we have about Britain’s participation concerns those selected as flag-carriers at the respective opening and closing ceremonies. Of these four nominees two were openly-admitted sexual perverts. What an absolutely appalling example to set to the youth of Britain – and indeed to the youth of the world! We therefore call upon those responsible for these disgusting selections to be dismissed and to be barred from all future participation in Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies.



Heather Wheeler, the Conservative MP for South Derbyshire, issued an excellent tweet following the Rio Olympics, in which she drew attention to the fact that sportsmen and women from Great Britain and from the former and current countries of the British Empire won more medals at the 2016 Games than both “the Post-Brexit EU” and “the Rest of the World”! Headlined “Empire Goes for Gold”, Ms. Wheeler listed the number of medals won by GB and the Empire (396) against those won by the post-Brexit EU (258) and the Rest of the World (320), and then went on to state “Now that’s what I call winning! Well done Team GB and our Commonwealth friends; now for the trade agreements”. Predictably this tweet met with odium from yesterday’s men and women of the “politically correct brigade” (still smarting after their crushing defeat in the EU Referendum!), but we – and of course the vast majority of British people around the globe – fully support these positive sentiments so splendidly expressed by Ms. Wheeler. She is certainly a person to watch out for in the future, and we trust will soon obtain a higher government position!



On 27th August Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled “The Good Terrorist” which told the story of the evil White ANC terrorist John Harris who constructed and planted the bomb which killed Ethel Rhys and badly injured several other people at Johannesburg Central Station in 1964.

In spite of its most offensive title, this documentary did a great service by reminding everyone about this criminal atrocity, and the fact that terrorist activity in South Africa during this time actually involved more White traitors than Black malcontents (the vast majority of Blacks of course lived perfectly happily under civilised White rule – far more happily indeed than most do today under ANC rule!). Harris is a mainly forgotten person today, but his name should always be remembered in ignominy. He was revealed as a truly evil entity – he even looked evil (though to be fair perhaps Channel 4 deliberately chose the worst available pictures of him!) - with a clear self-loathing which manifested itself in hatred for his own kith and kin. Thanks to the efficiency of the SAP he was speedily arrested, and rightfully was hanged for his act of terrorist murder. It was also most significant that this Channel 4 documentary had no qualms about reminding everyone that the notorious trouble-maker Peter Hain knew Harris personally, and indeed read the oration at this terrorist vermin’s funeral. Surely there is still time for Hain’s association with this satanic creature to be investigated further, and to be brought to book if any direct involvement with terrorism can be confirmed?

We also couldn’t help wondering what a far better place South Africa would be today – and indeed what a far better place the world as a whole would be now – if Harris’s fellow ANC terrorist murderer “Nelson” Mandela had been sentenced to the same rightful punishment as Harris for his evil crimes.



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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.214 – Miss DIANE BLEASDALE of Rhodesia and Durban

Diane “Di” Bleasdale was Rhodesian-born, but moved to Durban where she became a high-flying secretary with the Unilever company during the late 1970s. A very attractive woman, she initially showed great interest in the work of the Save Rhodesia Campaign (a number of whose leading local members worked for the Unilever organization), but alas she never became active in any way within the campaign, and indeed became inexplicably “cool” towards one of the leading members. Instead she seemed to devote her considerable energies and talents to the “Rotaract” organization (the junior wing of the international Rotary Clubs). Subsequently it came to light that her parents had been killed in a terrorist atrocity in Rhodesia, and this might well explain why she decided to turn her back on the Save Rhodesia Campaign and instead devote herself to the non-political “Rotaract” organisation. Even so we would be very interested to learn whatever happened to her, and where she is now.



A supporter still based in South Africa has recently informed us about a most interesting YouTube video featuring the Russian anti-Communist activist Vladimir Bukovsky in which he explains the frightening similarities between the former Soviet Union and today’s European Union. It is well worth a view, and can be accessed at :-





I am well aware that Muhammad Ali's views on what can term race in the 1960s and 1970s earned him the approbation of segregationists in Britain and the US; indeed, in 1972 he said of the South African government that "they believe in the same thing I do - segregation."

However, I see no reason to condemn him. He made the eminently sensible statement that "I don't believe in forcing integration. I don't want to go where I'm not wanted."

Forced integration is no more acceptable than forced segregation. It is a question of freedom of association. I wish that the illiberal liberals behind such things as the legalised kidnapping of forced bussing due to their obsession with a "proper racial balance" had had as much sense as the now late and lamented Mr.Ali.

Yours etc.,

Mark Taylor, London, U.K.




I see from last month’s SCN that Mr.Paul Griffin is still causing you problems. I’ve been informed that one of the two Springbok Club committee members who he persuaded to resign was Ms.Claudia Dalgleish, otherwise known as Claudia Bryan. I’ve been doing a bit of investigation and see that Ms.Dalgleish was involved in a previous controversy with someone named Griffin when she was sexually harassed by the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin :-

One would have thought that after suffering at the hands of one political extremist named Griffin she would have been very careful about becoming involved with another!

Yours etc.,

J.B., London, U.K.




Alas life did not deal Brian Vernon Baker, who sadly died earlier this year at the age of only 66, a very good hand of cards. His mother died within 25 minutes of his birth, and he was involved in a road accident when aged only 10.

Whilst at junior school he sat in their South Africa House, and his father Charlie Baker, an inspector of shipwrights at Chatham Dockyard, carved a superlative plaque for the House featuring a Springbok superimposed on a wooden map of the whole of Africa! Although even by his own admission he was not academically brilliant, he was even so a skilled writer and story-teller, and his Friday afternoon stories which he regularly composed and delivered at junior school proved more popular than those of anybody else.

Unfortunately he didn’t receive very good career advice at school, and left aged 16 to join the Post Office, which subsequently metamorphosised into British Telecom and then BT, where he stayed until he took premature retirement. During his time with BT he was seconded twice to India in order to assist their local subsidiary. As a result of his time in India he wrote a brilliant and most amusing book about his experiences, but alas in spite of much trying he wasn’t able to get it published.

Brian was a staunch British patriot, and proudly served with the Royal Naval Reserve. He also expressed interest in the work of the Springbok Club, but alas was only able to attend one of the organisation’s activities, a trip to the Royal Engineers’ Museum and re-enactment display in Gillingham, as failing health and his distance from London prevented further participation. Although never very sporting, he did take up both rifle-shooting and croquet with a relish whilst serving in the RNR. His main passion in life, however, was nature (he was a keen lifelong animal lover) and in his retirement served as a leading official supervising the Beregrave Nature Reserve in Rainham.

Happily Brian did enjoy one positive aspect of life, as he was blessed with a wonderful charming wife, Rhona, who bore him two children. Sadly however bad fortune struck him again towards the end of his life, for Rhona died a sudden and unexpected death a year before his own tragic death, which came after a long and debilitating illness.

Brian Baker was a great man who served his country well to the best of his abilities. Alas however his country often seemed to fail him. Our sincerest condolences are extended to his two children.


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