Just saw this thread shared on Twitter and thought I'd add some extra information on UKIP/Tory links to Springbok and the Swinton Circle.
There were originally several Swinton Circle groups, but the London branch was the only one that prospered.
This original Swinton Circle was notorious in the 1980s and still exists today. It was part of the Conservative Party, much like the Monday Club and
considered as being on the far-right of the Party, linked to pro-Apartheid views, neo-Nazism and neo-colonialism. It isn't however part of the Party
any more but Tories still affiliated on an individual level such as Liam Fox. They were Powellist, colonialist and undoubtedly racist. During this
time the Swinton Circle was led by Beryl Carthew, who would go on to run UKIP's London office.
Those who have spoken at Swinton Circle events include Nigel Farage, Neil Hamilton, Douglas Carswell and Liam Fox.
They've always been very supportive of Lain Duncan Smith and supported his candidacy for the leadership, whether he's directly linked or spoken at
events is unknown.
Their current views espouse mass deportation alongside current UKIP policy such as leaving the EU and the more far-right things Farage has come out
with such as on immigrant rapists.
From their February 2014 newsletter:
"Whilst only a few blacks were actually transported, the episode serves as a precedent. As the principle of the mass movement of people is accepted by
all the mainstream parties, then would it not be difficult to argue against the mass movement of people from Britain to say some part of Africa?"
Alan Harvey, who also ran the Springbok Club, was Chair of the Swinton Circle till 2008 when he was kicked out under suspicion of being an agent of
the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight. He then set up a rival group, also under the name Swinton Circle or Real Swinton Circle, which didn't gain much
traction in 2009 and was mostly comprised of Springbok loyalists. Harvey was a former member of the National Front in the 1970s and has been a member
of the North Thanet Conservative Association since 1994. Nigel Farage of course contested South Thanet in 2015.
Farage spoke at an event for the original Swinton Circle where he spoke about the EU in 2005.
Douglas Carswell was guest of honour at the Swinton Circle's 2006 summer buffet.
Harvey was Chairman when both these individuals spoke.
Neil Hamilton's links to the Springbok Club and Alan Harvey are covered here
Current members of the Swinton Circle include former National Front leader Ian Anderson.
The Springbok Club meanwhile was founded in 1996 as a merger between the White Rhino Club and the Rhodesian Forum by Harvey and Bill Binding.
Bill Binding is a former deputy head of the British Klu-Klux-Klan.
Claudia Dalgleish, formerly a high ranking BNP member, close confidant of Nick Griffin and partner of Eddy Butler, was secretary to Harvey. Since she
left the BNP she's been linked with the Rochester Conservative Party and photographed with Mark Reckless MP.
In February 2001 Alan Harvey was quoted on WorldNetDaily saying that he personally believed that "the white man will return to Africa and rule one
Later, in July 2001 the Nationalist Movement of the United States stated that Alan Harvey says that he is working to restore the British Empire
through the Springbok Club.
"Re-establishment of a British colony—any colony—would make it infinitely easier to remove the dangerously large number of aliens from the UK," he
The journalist Johann Hari stated in an article in The New Republic in 2007 that "The British High Commission in South Africa has accused the club of
spreading 'hate literature' "
Thomas Mair had incredibly strong views on South Africa as you can see here m.facebook.com...
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