Another example of racist sloganeering in 1964 election

Following on from this post last week, I found this leaflet on the Hayes Peoples’ History blog today (although this posted back in 2010):

Tory leaflet

The leaflet was apparently circulated in South Lambeth in 1964. I don’t think that this would have produced by the Conservatives, but by one of the anti-immigrant pressure groups (or even the fascist groups) around at the time. The fact that it calls for a Tory vote suggests to me that it is more likely the work of one of these pressure groups (ala the Racial Preservation Society, the Birmingham Immigration Control Association or the Southall Residents Association), rather than one of the fascist parties, who often put up their own candidates for election. The idea of a ‘Ministry of Repatriation’ was popularised by Enoch Powell in the late 1960s after his ‘rivers of blood’ speech, but was not something (I believe) was considered by the Conservatives at this time (except, maybe, for a few backbenchers). It is also interesting to note that the flyer says that the Tories ‘once in office’ will introduce repatriation, but in 1964, the Tories were already in office!

So who produced this flyer? Who knows…

Any suggestions?

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7 comments

  1. I haven’t seen that book before. Thanks for the reference.

    Do you have the reference for the article in The Australian? I’d be interested to see what Australia was promoting on ‘race’ grounds. I’m assuming it would be something along the lines of white British people being sick of non-white migration to the UK, so come to Australia. Same rhetoric that Ian Smith used in Rhodesia and why many right-wing UK activists spent substantial time in South Africa (namely A.K. Chesterton and Ray Hill). Would there be anything on this in the NAA?

  2. Good reminder! Sorry to be pedantic, but Tories were ousted from office October 1964 and Smethwick by-election followed as Harold Wilson wanted Patrick Gordon Walker (defeated in his constituency) in to office via a safe seat (an MP stood down for this to happen) and Smethwick was a racist tide that defeated Labour.

    1. No this is wrong. PGW was defeated at Smethwick in the 1964 general election and stood in the Leyton by-election in early 1965, which he also lost. He then won at Leyton in the 1966 general election and held the seat until retiring in 1974.
      There was a Smethwick by-election in 1945 which first saw PGW elected/

      That’s if you believe Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Gordon_Walker

  3. I remember this made the news. The flyer is one of several hundred printed up by Colin Jordan’s National Socialist Movement, which had its headquarters in Notting Hill, though Jordan was then based in Coventry. This tiny group achieved publicity out of all proportion to their size.Jordan also disrupted public meetings during the election – one of the newsreel archives has footage of this. Nothing the NSM did was really secret as it had been infiltrated by a mole from the 62 Group.

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