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.” He told Channel 4: “It depends how you define it. You’ve got to remember that ever since 1968 up until the last couple of years, we’ve not been able in this country intelligently to discuss immigration, to discuss integration. It’s all been a buried subject – and that’s happened through academia, it’s happened through politics and the media.”