Sunday, 20 July 2014

July 2014 Edition.


July 2014 edition

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, the bloodiest conflict in human history in which tens of millions of Europeans of all nationalities needlessly lost their lives. Moreover, it has rightly been observed that whilst this basically European conflict was taking place the non-White races around the world had every reason to sit back and smile.

Worryingly there now appear to be certain pro-EU elements around the world who are asserting that Germany did not initiate WWI. Strictly speaking they are of course correct, as it was Austria-Hungary who first unjustifiably declared war on Serbia. Closer investigation, however, reveals that the fossilized Austro-Hungarian government was pressurized into this declaration of war by their far more dominant ally Germany. Furthermore, it was Germany who subsequently declared war unilaterally on France following Russia’s mobilization of troops in support of the Serbian people – and then invaded totally neutral Belgium in order to attack France!

But of course Germany had been itching to initiate a massive European war for some time, with the clear aim of establishing Berlin’s hegemony across the whole continent. In 1905 the Tangier Crisis first threatened to unleash such a continental conflict, and was only defused when Germany found itself practically isolated at the Conference of Algeciras. Tensions rose again during the Agadir Crisis of 1911, another clear attempt by the German government to provoke a European conflagration. There can be no doubt whatsoever therefore that the blame for starting World War One lies squarely at the door of Germany, and Germany alone.

Perhaps however it is inaccurate to blame Germany per se for all this warmongering. When the history of the 19th century is examined it can clearly be seen that 20th century German aggression was simply a continuation of Prussian expansionism. Both during the war of 1848-51 and again in 1864 Prussia fought unprovoked wars against Denmark simply in order to seize the Danish duchies of Schleswig and Holstein (areas which still haven’t been returned to Denmark!). In 1866 Prussia fought another totally unjustifiable war, this time against Austria-Hungary, purely in order to establish itself as the dominant German-speaking state. Then of course there was the inexcusable Franco-Prussian War, after which Prussia not only transmogrified itself into the German “Empire”, but also made a further illegal land-grab, this time of Alsace and Lorraine. Quite clearly therefore there has been a devil at work for the past 200 or so years somewhere in the German – or should we say Prussian – soul.

But to return to World War One, the centenary of the start of which we are marking this month. Not only was Germany the clear instigator of this conflict, but was also guilty of a whole range of atrocities which today would be regarded as war crimes. Their use of poison gas was the first example of WMDs being deployed, and the arbitrary executions of captured prisoners, the shootings of French and Belgian civilians simply for protesting against the invasions of their countries, and of course the sadistic bayoneting of Belgian babies, were all examples of pure evil which can never be justified by any civilized person. The horrendous atrocities committed by the Germans during World War Two are alas often white-washed by claiming that they were “Nazi atrocities” rather than “German atrocities” – but except for scale is there any real difference between the evils of the Holocaust and the evil actions of bayoneting Belgian babies?

It is a big unsolved mystery why at the Versailles Peace Conference, unlike what happened to the two lesser belligerent powers of Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, Germany wasn’t also split into its component parts, or why areas of its European lands weren’t handed to those countries which it invaded as compensation. “If” of course is always a big word in history, but is seems quite clear that if Germany had been split into its component parts like Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire then there would have been no Nazis, no World War Two, a probable collapse of the Soviet Union far earlier, and no disintegration of the great European global empires. In short the world today would be a far better place than it actually is!

What is even more inexplicable is why the lessons of this mistake were not learnt after the end of WWII. Although Germany was partitioned between the Western Zones (which became the GFR) and the Soviet Zone (which became the GDR), these two states were easily reunified following the collapse of the Iron Curtain. If Germany had instead been split into its several pre-19th century nation-states, with only a shrunken Prussia too weak exercise any hegemony, then this spectre is highly unlikely ever to have come about. As it is, of course, during the latter half of the 20th century Germany simply tried to achieve by “peaceful” means what it had twice earlier that century failed to achieve by more violent methods, in the form of the establishment of the EU. As a result of this “European Project” – more accurately called the “German Project” – most southern European nations, and increasingly eastern European states also, now live in penury and under the dictat of their German masters.

Let’s not be too pessimistic however. Although twice during the first half of the 20th Century Germany tried to conquer and control the whole of Europe, they failed on both occasions. There is no reason therefore to doubt that they will now fail again in their more “peaceful” attempts to achieve the same aims – especially as EuroScepticism is now so firmly on the ascendancy in so many European countries. Once they fail again then some means must be found to do what should have been done in 1919 and again in 1945, namely to split Germany into its various component parts. Such an outcome will be the only valid and accepted memorial to all those innocent Serbs, Russians, Frenchmen and women, Belgians and Britons who needlessly lost heir lives as a result of German aggression during World War One.



Unfortunately the inclement weather meant that the turnout for the Springbok Club’s June activity, the trip to the Olympic Park and the rejuvenated Lea Valley, was not as large as was hoped and expected. Once the rain had cleared away those who did attend enjoyed a most pleasant and inspiring day however, which included a trip inside the Olympic Velodrome to see some of the training runs being made by national and local cyclists, and outdoor viewings of the Copper Box, the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatic Centre. After the stroll down the picturesque Lea Valley the remaining members of the party adjourned to a hostelry at the near-by Westfield Centre in Stratford for a most convivial ending to a very enjoyable day.


For its July event the Springbok Club will be joining forces with the Swinton Circle in order to stage a meeting to be addressed by a leading official of a pro-British Overseas Territories organization. This promises to be a most enthralling event, which will be held on Thursday 31st July at a venue in central London, commencing at 19.00 hrs. All members of both the Springbok Club and the Swinton Circle will be notified of the precise details of this event in due course, but if any other reader would like to attend simply e-mail: for more information.


In September the Springbok Club will be staging a meeting which will be addressed by a leading member of the organization who will have just returned from a professional contract in the “new” South Africa, and who will tell something about the true conditions currently prevailing there. In November the Springbok Club plans to stage its annual UDI Day celebration buffet, at which there will be a guest speaker with strong Rhodesian connections.


Later during the year the London Branch of the Springbok Club is planning a trip to a special exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, and the Kent Branch will be organising a trip to see some of the historical sites of the Medway Towns, as well as staging an informal social gathering in Canterbury



In June the Swinton Circle gave its full support to New Britain’s annual Canada Day celebrations, which this year took the form of a musical evening at a venue in the City of London. There was a very high percentage of Swinton Circle members and supporters who attended this event, thus illustrating the increasingly close friendship and co-operation between the two organizations, and they were all in agreement in praising New Britain for organizing such a splendid event.


On Thursday 31st July the Swinton Circle will be joining forces with the Springbok Club in order to stage an meeting to be addressed by a leading official from a pro-British Overseas Territories organization, as detailed more fully in the Springbok Club column above.


In August the Swinton Circle will be staging a meeting to be addressed by a prominent former Conservative MP. Fuller details will be given in next month’s SCN.


As part of its campaign in support of a “No” vote in the forthcoming Scottish Constitutional Referendum the Swinton Circle has sent the following letter to all Scottish daily newspapers :-

“Dear Sir,

“It is often claimed by the ‘Yes’ campaign in the Scottish Referendum debate that most English people secretly hope that Scotland breaks away, or at least couldn’t care less. As a London-based Conservative organisation with our finger very much on the English political pulse we can assert categorically that this is not the case.

“The vast majority of English people value the Union, and do not wish to see their Scottish brothers and sisters become foreigners. The Union has been one of the world’s greatest success stories, which has benefitted us all. We have fought together in two world wars against tyranny (as well as in many other conflicts against threatening despots); together we initiated the industrial and agricultural revolutions; together we created the greatest and most benevolent Empire which the world has ever seen, which transformed effortlessly into today’s Commonwealth (shortly to be gloriously manifested by the Glasgow Commonwealth Games!); together we have been in the forefront of global free trade and technological advance.

“With Britain’s relationship with the European Union about to be renegotiated and probably relaxed, our future appears to be even more exhilarating. The days ahead therefore seem likely to inspire us all, and to herald an even greater chapter in the saga of our island nation. This exciting future can clearly only achieve its full potential if we remain united.

“It is therefore the ‘No’ vote, not the ‘Yes’ vote, which is the positive vote for the future.

“Yours sincerely,

“( The Executive Committee of the Swinton Circle.)”


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

“This time around our mailer is all about rhinos and their safety and what you can do to play a meaningful role in rhino conservation.

“For us at SanWild it has always been and will always remain about individual animals. We believe that we deal with one animal at a time and because of this approach we have managed to save thousands of wild animals.

“Now let's talk rhinos for a moment and how you can help us right now to make a real difference in the lives of three orphaned rhinos! This trio is waiting for a safe home and a long-term future. Their mums were all slaughtered by ruthless poachers in an ongoing war that is being waged against South Africa's rhino and they were very fortunate to survive. Through great team work and with the help of dedicated rangers they were fortunately found in time to be rescued. Since their rescue they have been cared for pretty well, but it is now time for these little rhinos to find a new and secure home where they will be protected in perpetuity by professional and well-armed rangers while living in the wild where they belong.

“We really would like to help these little ones to find a safe home, but we simply cannot do it without your help.

“While we are setting up a very well protected rhino sanctuary and are funding the land, the training of professional counter poaching units and the deployment of the units, we need some help to raise the funds to purchase the calves. A substantial amount of money has already been spent on the rescue and subsequent feeding of these rhino calves, but the owners are keen to ensure that the animals go to a safe destination and they have agreed to allow us to make an offer to purchase the animals. I am confident that our offer will be favorably accepted and we have therefore already started on repairs on our current facilities in order to accommodate the new arrivals.

“The safety and the security of the calves makes fund-raising very difficult as we need to protect them against the preying eyes of animal traders that are buying rhino calves for export to China and Vietnam. Although calves may not be exported right away they are taken to care-giving facilities and when they are old enough these young, relatively tame animals are sent to a life in hell in China and Vietnam's rhino farms.

“We therefore ask that you place your trust in us for the time being while we give it our all to raise the required funds. Should we fail to be successful in our bid to acquire the calves it is our intention to reimburse donors or alternatively should they choose, put the funds raised into a special rhino calf trust fund that will only be used for rhino calves. However should we be successful in our efforts we will give you all the details in due course after the arrival of the animals at SanWild.

“In preparation of the arrival of the calves we are sending three staff members to a workshop presented by Karen Trendler (South Africa's leading wildlife rehabilitation expert on rhino calves) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust in Johannesburg on the 13 & 14th February 2014. We will also be most grateful for sponsorship of the three staff members to the value of R5000.00.”

SanWild can be contacted in this regard via their web-site at:



Two years after the triumphant London Olympic and Paralympic Games the UK is fortunate once again to host another major global sporting extravaganza when Glasgow hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We do not doubt that Glasgow will excel in providing an equally spectacular and inspiring Games as that which London produced in 2012.

The only drawback to this year’s Commonwealth Games is that they will take place against the backdrop of the controversial Scottish Constitutional Referendum, which means that the Neanderthals from the “Yes” campaign will inevitably be able to make capital out of Scottish successes both in competitions and organizationally. Those in authority therefore erred extremely badly in allowing the splittist referendum to be held so close to such a headline-grabbing event. Serious questions must be asked therefore regardless of the result of the referendum (though happily the latest opinion polls continue to show a clear majority in favour of the Unionist “No” campaign), with those responsible held to account.

The Swinton Circle received significant global interest earlier this year for their campaign to initiate regular Winter Commonwealth Games, and once the current Games are concluded the organization intends to initiate another Commonwealth Games-orientated campaign, this time advocating that only a united GB & NI team should compete in future. In this regard it was most encouraging to hear Dan Snow advocating that a united GB & NI team should compete in future Soccer World Cups on Newsnight shortly after England’s sorry early exit from this year’s tournament in Brazil!



The London-based South African “freebee” newspaper “The South African” isn’t particularly our favourite publication. They carried a wicked smear report on a Springbok Club meeting in 2010 in which they libeled a then recently deceased member of the Springbok Club’s Executive Committee. Yes, it’s easy to libel a dead man isn’t it!

As a result the speculation was that “The South African” was controlled – or certainly heavily influenced – by the ANC. A recent report which appeared on their on-line news service dated 8th April is therefore very significant, as in it even they had to admit that “Nigeria overtakes SA as Africa’s biggest economy”.

Prior to Klerk’s treason and sell-out of 1990 South Africa was universally accepted as “Africa’s super-power”. It was a first-world nation with an economy which was believed to exceed all of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa put together. Nigeria, on the other hand, was – and indeed still is – a third-world basket-case. Although it has massive oil reserves these remain largely unexploited due to widescale Islamic control and terrorism in the north, and rampant corruption, lawlessness and anarchy in the south. For such a chaotic nation now to have overtaken South Africa with all its natural mineral resources in the economy stakes surely says all that needs to be said about the disasters of ANC rule.

In the 25 short years since Klerk’s surrender of the nation South Africa has therefore descended from being a first-world super-power to being placed even below the Nigerian basket-case. A very clever man was Mr. de Klerk.



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The narrative gives the reader an overview of the history of the White man in southern Africa with detailed emphasis on the Rhodesian story through the life and times of PK van der Byl, one of the major players in a political drama that ended in the accession to power of Robert Mugabe under the auspices of the British government. By his very nature PK was controversial and confrontational. This account is likely to give offence to some because it portrays him as bluntly as he was in real life. Much can be contested about PK van der Byl but few will dispute he was an extremely colourful character with a devilish sense of humour. This memoir covers his life with a full flourish while doing nothing to detract from the seriousness of the international political and military conflict in which he was engaged. The reader will glean new information on a highly controversial subject and emerge with a more sympathetic understanding of what PK van der Byl and his colleagues did and strove for. The human tragedy that has followed the removal from power of Ian Smith and his Rhodesian Front party will almost certainly force the reader to deal with some uncomfortable conclusions, of value to anyone sincere about grappling with the volatile and deeply troubling challenges that confront all Africans today.

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"BLUE WATCH" by Gwyn Fford-Osborne

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.188 : Mr. BRUCE ILLINGWORTH of Rhodesia.

Bruce Illingworth was a proud Rhodesian who travelled to work for a few years in the UK during his youth in the early-1970s, becoming a successful manager of a Bingo hall in the south of England. He returned to Rhodesia in 1974 however, intending to establish a sanctions-busting export business specializing in soapstone carvings. Contact with him was alas lost shortly after this, but it would be very interesting to learn where he is now,



Although now slightly dated, our friends in the Australian Monarchist League constructed an excellent web-page in order to celebrate the recent highly successful visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Australia. This site is still of great interest, and can be accessed at :-





I am sickened by the programmes on the BBC applauding Mandela and inferring that he is some kind of “saint”. Far from this he and that wife of his Winnie were murderers and terrorists.

I resent the brainwashing of lies that are being told to our children and the way some so called celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon.

The truth will out and posterity will condemn evil.

Yours etc.,

Mandy Lloyd, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.




I see that that old scoundrel Allan Robertson is struggling to obtain decent speakers for the pathetic outfit which he established after he was expelled from the Swinton Circle.

In April he had as his guest speaker Mr. David Silvester, who had earlier been expelled from UKIP after making a bizarre statement that the Somerset floods were divine punishment for the legalization of same-sex marriage. Of course all decent people will oppose same-sex marriage, but to claim that the Somerset floods were caused by this is, quite frankly, bonkers!

At his next meeting in June Robertson had a well-known Holocaust-denier as his guest speaker. Bad enough in itself of course, but in a circular he sent out afterwards he boasted that the vote of thanks at this meeting was given by Christopher Luke. Not only was Luke expelled from the Swinton Circle along with Robertson after it was revealed that he was involved in the unsuccessful coup attempt, but he is also a quite open and unapologetic homosexual!

I wonder if Mr. Silvester, who in view of his opposition to same-sex marriage is presumably not particularly enamoured towards homosexuality, realizes that he graced an outfit which harbours both holocaust-deniers and overt homosexuals to its bosom? The hypocrisy seems unbelievable all the way round!

Yours etc.,

“Loyalist”, London, U.K.




At British Commonwealth meet-ups which are held across the country, the UK/Australia/NZ are of course main topics, but South Africa comes up occasionally, usually from a "Cautionary example" point of view. Praise for Mandela was conspicuous by its absence!

Our very best wishes to Springbok Club members everywhere...

Yours etc.,

Alan Truelove, Washington D.C., U.S.A.




As a British Nationalist and Unionist, I am utterly opposed not only to Scotland's seceding from the United Kingdom but to all devolution. There should be one nation with one system of local government combining the best of the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish systems. I would restore the old pre-1964 counties and boroughs with six county councils in Northern Ireland, elections by STV and referenda on major issues.

As a monarchist, I am not only in favour of keeping existing monarchies but to restoring overthrown ones. Any growth in republican sentiment in Australia must be largely due to the anti-Australian policies of various British governments regarding immigration and the EU. We should restore the old position of Canada, Australia and New Zealand and we and all those countries should restrict immigration to those non-refugees able to read, write and speak fluent English and with something to offer them.

Reactionary, nostalgic, out of date? What if I am? It's better than being PC!

Yours etc.,

M. Taylor, London, U.K.




It was with great sadness that we recently learnt of the death of Russell Stotter at the tragically early age of only 61.

Russell Stotter was born at Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1951. He grew up in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia, and was educated at Churchill School in Rhodesia and at Dale College in King William’s Town, South Africa. He started his working career with Standard Bank in 1970, being stationed at branches throughout Rhodesia. At the same time he of course did his National Service, serving with the Rhodesian Corps of Signals. In 1976 he moved to Victoria Falls where he trained as a croupier. Once qualified he worked in casinos at both Kariba and Inyanga, before being appointed manager of the Montclair Casino Hotel at the age of only 32.

In 1979 he met his future wife Alice Tromm, and together they moved to Alice’s native Amsterdam in 1984, marrying five months later. They bought a cafĂ©-bar on the fringe of Amsterdam’s red-light district, which they turned into a popular sports-themed venue showing South African rugby videos, evidently obtaining more customers than the near-by red-light district attractions! The South African Cricket team patronized the venue during the 1999 Cricket World Cup, and they sponsored a Dutch team in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament, as well as an Amsterdam students’ rugby club. It was here that we first met Russell when the Springbok Club staged a trip to Amsterdam in 1999. A quite and unassuming man, Russell impressed us greatly by his clear enduring love for Rhodesia, particularly concerning its history, sporting achievements and wildlife.

Shortly after this, frustrated by all the massive business regulations in the Netherlands and wishing to live in a warmer climate, Russell and Alice moved to Tavira in Portugal, and it was here that Russell sadly died in May 2013. He was dressed in his Springbok tracksuit for his funeral, the Rhodesian flag was draped across his coffin, and “Rise Oh Voices of Rhodesia” was played. Alice then returned briefly to Zimbabwe where she scattered Russell’s ashes over Lake Kariba.

Russell Stotter was a great man, the kind which Rhodesia regularly managed to produce. We are honoured to have been able to meet him, and our sincere condolences are extended to Alice and to all the many other members of his family.


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