We have a long letter (below) written in June 1981 by a young English teacher, Chloe Deakin, begging the master of the college (head teacher), David Emms, to reconsider his decision to appoint Farage as a prefect. Deakin did not know Farage personally but her letter includes an account of what was said by staff at their annual meeting, held a few days earlier, to discuss new prefects.The letter says that when one teacher said Farage was "a fascist, but that was no reason why he would not make a good prefect," there was "considerable reaction" from colleagues.The letter continues: "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."Farage response is that he was "Winding up Left-Wing Teachers".
"I did say things that would offend deeply," he says. "And there were certainly two or three members of the English staff I made arguments against, that I didn't necessarily believe in."But any accusation I was ever involved in far right politics is utterly untrue."
I don't know any Hitler youth songs, in English or German."
But one can only wonder what the youthful Farage considered to be left wing in a school like Dulwich.
My political awareness began about the age of 14 and my views haven't really shifted from a Left Welsh Nationalism inded I've probably grown more left wing..
Other people may have years later different views from their school-days.
One can only hope that Farage views have changed . But I doubt that he would admit it if they haven't.