Western Goals Institute
The Western Goals Institute (WGI) was an ultra-conservative pressure group in Britain, re-formed in 1989 from Western Goals UK itself founded in May 1985 as an offshoot of the U.S. Western Goals Foundation. Its main aim was opposing communism and Marxism ; it also opposed non-European immigration into Europe and Britain. Upon the death in 2001 of its Patron, General Sir Walter Walker, it was felt with the retreat of communism, the Institute's raison d'étre, and its name now clearly dated, that its mission had moved on. It was wound up and replaced by the Traditional Britain Group.
The group started life as Western Goals UK in 1985, as the British branch of the American Western Goals Foundation whose head was Major-General John K. Singlaub (b.1921). He had headed CIA operations in postwar Manchuria during the Chinese Communist revolution, led troops in the Korean War, managed the secret war along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and Vietnam, worked with the Contras in Nicaragua - and with the El Salvador government who were also fighting Communist terrorists -, and worked with Afghan resistance during the Soviet Union's failed invasion of Afghanistan.
In 1988 it was decided to become independent of the USA body and it became the Western Goals Institute. Almost all of the Western Goals Institute's leading members were also members of the UK's Conservative Monday Club. The Institute and its predecessor were affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League, and published in the UK Young European, the "newsletter of Young Europeans for World Freedom". In July 1990, WGI sent a delegation to the 22nd WACL Conference in Brussels and from 1991 WGI was the UK chapter of the senior World League. In 1993 a notable London magazine reported that "Western Goals is devoted to the preservation of traditional Western values and European culture; it opposes communism, liberalism, internationalism and the multi-cultural society."
Western Goals had General Sir Walter Walker & Major Sir Patrick Wall (1916-1998), MC, VRD, as Patrons; Vice-Presidents were Peter Dally, Professor Antony Flew (1923-2010), Linda Catoe Guell (1943-2014)(no.2 at the US Western Goals Foundation), Dr.Tryggvi McDonald (b.1960), Rev. Martyn Smyth, M.P. (UUP), The Lord Sudeley, Dr.Harvey Ward (1927-1995), Rev. Basil Watson (1916-2004) of the Freedom Association, and, from 1989, Gregory Lauder-Frost, the Monday Club's Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, and Club Political Secretary.
Western Goals hosted a great many events, meetings, functions etc. In October 1988 at a Western Goals meeting on terrorism at the Conservative Party Conference, Sir Walter Walker, originally billed to be one of the speakers but who could not come, sent a message to be read to the meeting in which he called for "selective internment, the return of the death penalty, and a crackdown on 'visual news media.'" "The SAS", he warned, "should never be answerable to politicians 'of questionable patriotism and loyalty - such as a leftist Home Secretary'."
In September 1996 the Institute's secretary had a letter in London's Evening Standard supporting the right of revisionist historians to be heard, and for freedom of speech to be available to all, not just the purveyors of 'official' histories.
The Institute developed friendships with numerous overseas political organisations whose aims and objectives were the same or similar to their own, notably the French Front National and on a personal basis, its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, for whom they hosted a widely reported dinner in London in December 1991. There was a large demonstration, by the united Left, against the dinner outside the hotel and some damage to property took place, notably the hotel's front doors and surroundings, which were smashed. Contacts were also made with the German Republikaner Partie, a delegation including Lauder-Frost and WGI Secretary Anthony Murphy from the WGI, travelling to Munich about the same time for talks. On August 12, 1989 a delegation, consisting of Lauder-Frost and the rest of the directorate from the WGI attended a massive anti-communist demonstration at Moln, near Lubeck, organised by 'Die Deutschen Konservativen', where 20,000 people had gathered. On October 12, the Institute hosted a controversial but well-attended fringe meeting at the UK's Conservative Party Conference addressed by the French Front National MEP, Pierre Ceyrac.
The Institute were natural supporters of Chile's General Pinochet, and in Central America, which was being heavily infiltrated by communists and terrorists, supported by Roman Catholic Liberation Theologians like Archbishop Romero and armed by Cuba, the WGI supported the ARENA Party's government in El Salvador. On September 25, 1989 The Lord Sudeley, then one of the Institute's Vice-Presidents, chaired a major WGI dinner in London for El Salvador's President, Alfredo Cristiani, and his inner cabinet. The guest list was packed with the luminaries of the British respectable Right.
The Western Goals Institute supported the European Government of South Africa and maintained strong links with the Conservative Party of South Africa and its leadership team, notably Dr. Andries Treurnicht, the party's leader. The party had 22 seats in government and were the Official Opposition. Delegations from the Institute visited South Africa, South-West Africa, and Angola to observe South Africa's war against the communists and their assistance to UNITA who were fighting Soviet-backed and Cuban forces in Angola. On November 16, 1988, Western Goals issued a Press Release to all the principal agencies urging South African President P. W. Botha not to "go soft" on Communism - "you have brought European civilisation to South Africa...you must not back down!" The Institute published a great deal of information on African communist and Marxist terrorist organisations, and called for Nelson Mandela to be hanged. As a result they were attacked in several UK left-wing organs, in August and October 1989. The latter carried a letter from a Jewish organisation, the International Freedom Foundation, attacking Western Goals' position on South Africa, and called for the release of Mandela, abolition of separate development (apartheid), and the lifting of restrictions on proscribed organisations such as the Communist Party of South Africa and its sister party, the ANC. Western Goals had early on exposed the links between the Communist ANC and the IRA, evidence of which was presented at their capacity meeting on terrorism at the October 1988 Conservative Party Conference, and subsequently summarised into a Briefing Paper.. In July 1993 The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights listed the Western Goals Institute as an "impediment" to the elimination of racial discrimination in South Africa, saying of the Institute that it "claims to be devoted to protecting the Western way of life by offering self-defence training to white South Africans". Disinformation at its best.
On November 20, 1990 the Institute hosted the General Franco Memorial Dinner, commemorating the anniversary of his death. This was also chaired by Lord Sudeley. A WGI notice in The Times stated that the late ruler of Spain was "remembered as a hero against communism." On January 14, 1997, the Institute's Assistant Secretary wrote to the Director of the Imperial War Museum in London opposing the proposal, reported in the media, of the museum mounting a permanent exhibition on the Jewish Holocaust, arguing this event had nothing whatsoever to do with Britain or the British and that British funds should not be channeled into it. On 29 March 1997 Lauder-Frost sent a letter of fraternal greeting, on behalf of the Western Goals Institute, to the annual congress of Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National (FN) at Strassburg which was read by Le Pen to the 2,200 delegates from the podium to much applause. In April 2000 the Institute held meetings in London with a delegation, led by Mr. Krassimir Karakachanov, from the Bulgarian political party IMRO.
Both Western Goals UK and the Institute were prolific publishers of policy papers. One, prophetically entitled Hit-job on Margaret Thatcher, just prior to her fall, another The Finance Factor, by James Gibb Stuart, again prophetically looking at the threat posed by Big Bankers to the freedom and stability of the West. June 1990 saw the Institute's The Mandela Myth, an exposé paper also by Gibb Stuart. In September 1994 Gregory Lauder-Frost's "WGI Viewpoint Paper" was titled The Right Way Forward; in January 1996 another paper said Monarchy in Crisis, followed the next month with a call to Crush the IRA!.
In 1989 they launched their tabloid newspaper European Dawn. The first issue carried an article calling for justice and freedom for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania from Soviet oppression. EEC elections are also covered. The back page features an article on the 50th anniversary of the Winter War when the Soviet Union invaded Finland. Inside pages carried articles about UK "charities' leftist bias", non-European alien immigrants flooding into France, a large article supporting Ukrainian nationalists, successes of the German Right which took 14% of the vote in Bavaria, the October 1917 Russian Revolution and its meaning today, the Hong Kong "sell-out", a tribute by Thomas J. Bergen to Senator Joseph McCarthy, and a long article from the USA's General John Singlaub, Patron of the USA's Western Goals Foundation. The second edition carried a front-page article: "AIDS crisis deepens", citing Jean Marie Le Pen: "AIDS is a plague acquired through through homosexuality and its perpetrators should be isolated in special sanatoria". That was accompanied by a large article entitled "Drugs menace crosses Atlantic", and a report on the Archduke Otto von Habsburg strengthening his links with Hungary. On the back is a full-page article by Paul Gorka on Hungary. Inside articles included "Nationalists Commemorate a Free Ukraine", the UK political parties' "pro-immigrant campaigns", a report on the recent meeting in London of anti-communist European youth leaders, Gregory Lauder-Frost on the West's "Legacy of Betrayal" to communism, a large assessment of Franz Schonhuber's Republikaner Partie successes in Germany, a report on the visit to London of South African Conservative Party Leader Dr.Andries Treurnicht hosted by the Institute, a report on a demonstration outside the First Chicago Bank in that city, which had been found to be providing advantageous long-term credit deals to the Soviet Union, Lauder-Frost on "1789 - Something to celebrate?" attacking Bastille Day commemorations, and a large report by Carlos Godoy Rocca on "Communist Tactics in Chile".
Throughout the 1990s the Institute produced newsletters which from the middle of the decade were quality glossy A4-sized publications and widely distributed. With the demise of European communist countries the Institute spent more of their energies fighting the enemies within the United Kingdom. In 1997 a 'General Election Special Edition' was published, the leading article being "Britain: Province or Nation?" and stating that the EU and its "single currency" would reduce the UK to serf status. Lauder-Frost also contributed an article: "Time to get out of NATO" Subsequent editions attacked Tony Blair's 'New' Labour Government, Immigration, the liberal-left in The Church, Race Relations legislation, the EU - calling for withdrawal, Ulster, building houses in the countryside; with Gibb Stuart returning in September 1998 with a leading article arguing that "21st century Conservatism must be nationalist".
Attacks by The Left
Western Goals was constantly attacked by the liberal-left. In August 1990 the London magazine City Limits ran a full-page article attacking the WGI, attempting to "link" it to organisations with which it had no contacts whatsoever. The Observer weighed in against the WGI six months later with further smears involving the outcome of Monday Club internal elections. In September 1991 'Campaign Against Fascism' demonstrated outside the London home of Lord Sudeley "to expose his involvement in setting up an international network of right-wing extremists." In response Sudeley refuted the claims, describing Western Goals "as being committed to the traditional values of conservatism in England."
Mr Mike Whine, the 'Defence Director' of the Board of British Jewish Deputies described the Institute as "not fascists or anti-Semitic, but they inhabit the shadowy, nether-world of the far right-wing." The Jewish Chronicle reported that one of their adherents, Julian Lewis, then working at Conservative Central Office (and now a Member of Parliament for New Forest, Hampshire) had told them that Central Office would "strongly advise constituency associations that Western Goals was hostile to conservative objectives."
In November 1992 The Observer newspaper again attacked Western Goals with an unbalanced report with the ridiculous headline "Neo-Nazi plan to infiltrate Tory Party's top ranks". It quoted Conservative Party Central Office as saying in a document dated October 6th from Norman Fowler that WGI's "aims and activities are incompatible with the Conservative Party." The Institute's Directors, when asked to comment, said the report was "beneath contempt."
Two of the WGI's executives lost their jobs as a result of both media and Conservative Central Office contacts with their employers, asking them why they were employing 'fascists', and in October 1993 the Sunday Express ran a smear article accusing Lauder-Frost and Sam Swerling of being "veteran neo-nazis", a fantastic libel. Writs were issued followed by out-of-court settlement. Later, in January 1995, Lauder-Frost, WGI's Vice-President, wrote in the Evening Standard that it was time for liberal witch-hunts within the Conservative Party to cease and for "the party to return to its original philosophies."
- Labour Research magazine, November 1988, p.2, has details.
- Young European, Newsletter of Young Europeans for World Freedom, October 1988, p.2-3, "Freedom from Communism - The Hope of Millions" by WG's Director, Andrew Smith.
- Gentleman's Quarterly magazine, July 1993.
- Labour Research magazine, November 1988, p.2.
- See lists on the group's headed notepaper.
- City Limits magazine, October 20 - 27, 1988, "Right Out to Lunch" article.
- The Times, Court and Social page, March 2, 1995.
- Evening Standard, London, September 10, 1996.
- The Mail on Sunday newspaper, December 8, 1991.
- Hamburger Abendblatt, August 14, 1989.
- Global Freedom Report, Bulletin of the World Youth Freedom League, August 1991, p.3, "Central America's greatest enemies".
- The Times, September 29, 1989, Western Goals letter.
- The Daily Telegraph, September 26, 1989, Court & Social page.
- Tribune, August 25, 1989.
- The Guardian, October 27, 1989, Letters.
- City Limits magazine, October 20 - 27, 1988, "Right Out to Lunch" article.
- Labour Research magazine, London, November 1988, p.2: "Right wing at Tory Conference".
- IRA/ANC: Partners in Terror, a Western Goals UK Briefing Paper, May 1989.
- See also Irish Press newspaper, July 3, 1990 which confirmed the links between the two terrorist groups.
- UNHCHR Report
- The Daily Telegraph Court & Social page.
- The Guardian, 'Diary', November 21, 1990.
- The Independent, March 31, 1997.
- James Gibb Stuart (1920 - 2013), author of the book The Money Bomb, was a well-known commentator on current affairs and economics. Of his other books: in 1978 The Mind Benders on "the gradual revolution and Scottish Independence" and in 1980 The Lemming Folk on "those, consciously or not, who work for the overthrow of our social system."
- European Dawn, London, July 1989.
- European Dawn, London, September 1989
- The Independent, June 2, 1989.
- Tribune, June 2, 1989
- The Guardian, June 6, 1989
- Western Goals Newsletter, 1997 General Election Special Edition.
- The Observer, February 24, 1991.
- The Jewish Chronicle, September 13, 1991, p.5.
- The Jewish Chronicle, October 2, 1992.
- Hammersmith Chronicle, December 19, 1991.
- Evening Standard, London, January 4, 1995.