Oxford academics have called on students to launch a ‘Mosley Must Fall’ campaign and urged the charity watchdog to investigate after the university accepted £12million from a trust fund set up with money inherited from fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley.
Education chiefs have been accused of ‘grotesque hypocrisy’ and a ‘total moral failure’ after the university and two colleges accepted the trust’s donation while kowtowing to Left-wing projects to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum, and considering calls from Black Lives Matter activists to tear down Cecil Rhodes’ statue at Oriel College.
Professor Lawrence Goldman, a former vice-master of St Peter’s who lost relatives in the Holocaust, said he had spent five months trying to persuade the college to reject the donation from the Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust, adding: ‘The university has gone off the scale in wokery, but they go ahead and take money from a fund established by proven and known fascists. Its moral compass is just not working any more.
Max Mosley pictured in 2011: The trust was named after the son of the late Formula One tycoon Max Mosley, whose support for his father Sir Oswald’s far-Right party, the British Union of Fascists, and its successor, the Union Movement, is well documented
‘There has been a total moral failure.’
Professor Robert Lyman, a military historian, urged students to protest like they did during the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign against the statue at Oriel College, adding: ‘It’s time for those renowned Oxford student activists to advocate that Mosley Must Fall.’
Oxford defended the donations, saying they had been approved by an independent committee.
But a Charity Commission spokesman said: ‘We will assess whether or not there is a role for us as regulator.’
The trust was named after the son of the late Formula One tycoon Max Mosley, whose support for his father Sir Oswald’s far-Right party, the British Union of Fascists, and its successor, the Union Movement, is well documented.
A damning dossier in the Daily Mail in 2018 exposed how Max Mosley published a pamphlet during a 1961 by-election as a Union Movement agent claiming that ‘coloured immigrants’ spread leprosy, venereal disease and TB, and should be repatriated.
He attended an antisemitic rally in London’s Jewish East End and backed South Africa’s apartheid regime.
Lord Mann, the Government’s antisemitism tsar, said: ‘If Oxford is trying to rehabilitate the Mosley family name in any way, they can expect a very hostile response.
Alan Rusbridger, a former editor of The Guardian newspaper, was head of Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University until last summer, signed a letter with other college heads pledging to ‘work together towards a world free of systemic racism and discrimination’
‘Anything that glorifies the Mosley name is a problem. I don’t imagine people would be very happy to have a Mussolini building, or a Hitler scholarship.
‘People in this country will feel the same way in relation to the Mosley name.’
In the 1930s Sir Oswald Mosley’s fascist supporters, the Blackshirts, wore Nazi-style uniforms and were notorious for their violence against Jews and Left-wing groups.
Sir Oswald married his second wife Diana Mitford in 1936 at the Berlin home of Joseph Goebbels, Nazi minister for propaganda, with Adolf Hitler as guest of honour. In the war Sir Oswald was interned and held under house arrest,
The Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust was named after Max Mosley’s son, who died aged 39 from a heroin overdose in 2009. It gives money to charitable causes and supports a form of state-approved Press regulation which many regard as a move to shackle the free Press and crush the public’s right to know.
Max Mosley – who, in 1962, visited the Dachau death camp while en route to a conference with several Nazis and two ex-Waffen SS officers – was said to be worth £11 million when he died in May aged 81. In 2008, his reputation was tarnished by taking part in a sadomasochistic orgy with prostitutes, exposed in the News Of The World. He successfully sued for breach of privacy.
A spokesman for The Campaign Against Antisemitism said: ‘The Mosley family has an infamous record in relation to antisemitism. Oxford University should think hard about accepting a donation from the family’s trust, ensuring that a portion of the money funds education about anti-semitism or supports Jewish life at the university.’
Nick Lowles, from anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate, revealed that his organisation had rejected £50,000 from Max Mosley ‘on principle’ some years ago. Mr Lowles said: ‘There has to be a higher bar in cases like this when money that is potentially tainted is offered. I know Max Mosley’s past. As a youngster he was actively involved in fascism.’
The Mosley family’s £6 million donation to Oxford, revealed by the Daily Telegraph, will go towards a new physics laboratory, while £5 million for St Peter’s will help build a student accommodation block named after the college’s previous head, Mark Damazer, a former BBC boss.
Another £260,000 has been given to Lady Margaret Hall, whose head until last summer was Alan Rusbridger, a former editor of The Guardian newspaper.
Last year he signed a letter with other college heads pledging to ‘work together towards a world free of systemic racism and discrimination’.
Oxford University said that the donations were reviewed by a committee in a ‘robust’ manner, taking ‘legal, ethical and reputational issues into consideration’.
St Peter’s said the trust’s ‘generous’ donation will make a ‘transformative’ difference to students. Lady Margaret Hall said the money ‘enabled a cohort of students from very diverse and low-income backgrounds to attend Oxford.’
Husband of Madam Thao, Thanh Hùng, and and China President Xi Jinping rubs shoulders with Communist leaders
However, Robert Halfon, Conservative chairman of the education select committee of MPs, said: ‘I find it distressing that Oxford University is so keen to go on about diversity and inclusion, but is prepared to take the shilling from such sources.’
Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who read history at Oxford, said: ‘It is a grotesque hypocrisy if you spend so much time and energy talking about tearing down statues of people for something they’ve done 200 years in the past but you agree with taking money left behind by fascists.’
Tory MP Sir John Hayes said: ‘The ludicrous campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes reflects Oxford’s inadequate grasp of history and woke prejudices. Yet simultaneously they seem happy to take money from almost any source that fills their coffers.’
Vietnam tycoon who gave college £155m has links to brutal Communist regime
By Jonathan Bucks and Will Stewart
The Vietnamese tycoon whose name is being adopted by an Oxford college has close links to the country’s brutal Communist regime.
Linacre College is set to become Thao College after Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietnam’s first self-made female billionaire, made a ‘transformative donation’ of £155 million.
The deal sparked controversy amid claims that the college – described as ‘one of the greenest’ in Oxford – is honouring a tycoon who founded the budget airline VietJet Air, and has been fined several times for using semi-naked stewardesses on flights.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Madam Thao and her husband Nguyen Thanh Hung have close ties to the Vietnamese government, which is judged to have one of the world’s worst human rights records.
Linacre College, named after 15th century scholar Thomas Linacre, prides itself on its commitment to freedom of expression and even insists students follow a code of conduct that describes free speech as ‘the lifeblood of a university’.
Yet, according to the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch, ‘basic rights, including freedom of speech, opinion, press, association and religion are restricted’ under the Vietnamese regime, while ‘rights activists and bloggers face harassment, intimidation, physical assault and imprisonment’.
VietJet Air’s parent company Sovico boasts on its website of having ‘excellent relationships with the Vietnamese government, ministries and localities’. Earlier this year, it donated around £200,000 to the country’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, named after the brutal former Communist leader who led North Vietnam in its war against the US.
Dr Hung was photographed at a reception last March with Cao Tien Dung, a senior Communist government official. Dr Hung has also been pictured at parties rubbing shoulders with China’s totalitarian leader Xi Jinping and Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Madam Thao retains close links to the Kremlin after becoming one of Russia’s first female millionaires – at the age of 21 – by importing fax machines and latex rubber to Moscow. She had been sent to the USSR as a brilliant 17-year-old student by the Communist authorities in Vietnam.
According to records from the time, she drove a blue Mercedes 500 with a diplomatic number plate, indicating she was on the technical staff of the Vietnamese embassy and benefited from diplomatic immunity.
It was in Moscow that Madam Thao met her husband. One ex-business partner told the MoS: ‘I know them very well. They had a lot of support from the Vietnamese trade mission in Russia.’ According to the ex-associate, support from the Vietnamese regime was the ‘key to their success’.
The family relocated to Vietnam after a decade in Moscow, but maintained close ties in both Russia and ex-Soviet republic Kazakhstan through Sovico where their burgeoning business empire was involved in building new capital city Astana, now called Nur-Sultan.
Dr Hung, an expert in cybernetics, was made an honorary consul for Kazakhstan – a country widely seen to have a deeply corrupt ruling class – in 2013. Last night, neither Sovico nor Linacre College responded to requests for comment.
Billionaire Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, founder and chief executive officer of VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co, has close links to the country’s brutal Communist regime
Woke-wash Jesus College’s cash from Beijing tech giant
By Glen Owen and Georgia Edkins
A Cambridge University college at the centre of rows over funding linked to the Chinese Communist Party has been accused of ‘woke-washing’ by returning a colonial statue to Nigeria.
Concerns have been raised about the links with Beijing after Jesus College accepted a £200,000 grant in 2018 from an agency linked to the ruling communist party for its Global Issues Dialogue Centre.
It also accepted £155,000 from Chinese technology company Huawei, sparking fears that Beijing was exerting undue influence.
Last month, in an apparent bid to ‘right wrongs’, the college returned an antique ‘Benin bronze’ to Nigeria that was looted more than 120 years ago by British forces. Last night a senior Government source accused officials of trying to ‘distract attention’ from its dealings with the Chinese.
The source said: ‘How convenient that they are making a big hoopla about returning the bronze at a time when their links to China are coming under the microscope. It’s woke-washing.’
Last night, a Jesus College spokesman said; ‘We returned the bronze to the people of Nigeria because it is the right thing to do.
‘The college announced its decision to repatriate the bronze in November 2019, three months before the first unjustified attack on our China-related academic work in February 2020.’
Cancel threat to scientist by uni with Chinese military ties
By Jake Ryan and Brendan Carlin
A university debating whether to ‘cancel’ a 19th Century scientist over his theories on race has close links with some of the world’s most sinister regimes.
Imperial College London has established multiple ties to Chinese military specialists as well as forging relationships with Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Imperial is considering a proposal to rename a campus building honouring biologist Thomas Huxley and removing a bust of him. It follows an independent report that claimed an essay by Huxley on the link between race and intelligence ‘fed the dangerous and false ideology of eugenics’.
The Mail on Sunday has uncovered more than a dozen projects that show Imperial scientists working on potential military technologies.
Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith, co-chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, said: ‘Imperial is seeking to ‘cancel’ a world-famous scientist but it has no qualms about forging close links with a Chinese regime guilty of genocide.’
Imperial last night said: ‘This bizarre attempt to connect Imperial’s open dialogue about its history with international scientific research is totally misleading and baseless.
‘Imperial is not ‘cancelling’ anyone.’