Letter reveals what Nigel Farage was like at school

A letter from Nigel Farage's school days has revealed that his schoolteacher asked that he not be given authority due to "publicly professed racist and neo-fascist views".

The letter, obtained by Channel 4 News has resurfaced after Nigel Farage said in his goodbye speech that "the real me will now come out".

People have been speculating online whether the "real Farage" will be anything like the boy who, according to the letter, "marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hitler-youth songs."

"Fascist, but that was no reason why he would not make a good prefect"

The letter goes into the details of what happened when Farage was elected as a prefect, against the wishes of several masters at his school and fellow pupils.

The teacher at Dulwich College, who penned the letter, said that they were "happy to say" that they were "not acuqainted with N. P. Farage because judging from the reports I have received he is not someone with whom I would wish to be acquainted."

According to fellow teachers, however, Nigel was "a fascist, but that was no reason why he would not make a good prefect."

The letter goes on to describe incidents where Farage was so offensive he had to be removed from lessons:

"Another colleague, who teaches the boy, described his publicly professed racist and neo-fascist views; and he cited a particular incident in which Farage was so offensive to a boy in his set, that he had to be removed from the lesson. This master stated his view that this behaviour was precisely why the boy should not be made a prefect. Yet another colleague described how, at a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) camp organised by the college, Farage and others had marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hitler-youth songs."

The full Nigel Farage - 1981 school letter by Channel4News


The letter, which makes for horrifying reading, describes Farage as a boy with intolerant and extremist views, who nevertheless got elected as a prefect through the democratic process.

The teacher expresses concern that fellow pupils would be "shocked, saddened, angered, and disheartened" by his election to the office of prefect.

No doubt they will be pleased he has stepped down as head prefect of the UK Independence Party, if the boy described in this letter is the "real Nigel" he's about to unleash.

Here's hoping that by "the real me" Farage means this:

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