Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, proprietor of the Daily Mail, giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Despite being one of Britain’s wealthiest men he pays no tax in the UK. His great-grandfather worshipped Hitler. The Daily Mail supported Hitler and Oswald Mosley in the 1930s
His great-grandfather called Hitler “Adolf the Great”
As the winds of war blew across Europe, one of the most powerful men in Britain was in secret communication with Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader who would soon plunge the world into six years of mass murder and starvation.
It was June 1939, just months away from the outbreak of the Second World War. The would-be British traitor was Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, proprietor of the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror.
Rothermere’s titles were the only national newspapers to support Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. Away from the limelight, Rothermere maintained regular fawning correspondence with Hitler and top Nazi leaders. He even paid a retainer of £5,000 a year – a small fortune in those days – to a London society hostess who was a secret Nazi agent in the hope she would gain him access to Hitler’s inner circle.
“My Dear Führer, I have watched with understanding and interest the progress of your great and superhuman work in regenerating your country,” Rothermere wrote to Hitler in June, 1939. “The British people, now like Germany strongly rearmed, regard the German people with admiration as valorous adversaries in the past, but I am sure that there is no problem between our two countries which cannot be settled by consultation and negotiation.”
Rothermere had earlier congratulated Hitler on his invasion of the Czech Sudetenland in October 1938. “Frederick the Great was a great popular figure in England. May not Adolf the Great become an equally popular figure? I salute Your Excellency’s star which rises higher and higher.”
The 1st Viscount Rothermere and friend
Today, the Daily Mail is owned by Rothermere’s great-grandson, Jonathan Harmsworth, a billionaire supporter of the Conservative Party who inherited the Associated Newspapers media empire when he was just 29 years old.
We know what his great-grandfather believed in, but what does Rothermere Jr believe in? The answer should disturb everyone who loves Britain.
Because the current Lord Rothermere is a traitor who obstinately refuses to pay a penny of income tax in Britain. He is one of the hundred wealthiest men in the country, but while his newspapers attack “scroungers” and “tax-dodgers” the good lord lives off the riches of his £1.3bn fortune in comfy tax exile, flitting between his luxury homes in France, Japan and the United States.
Shortly before his death in 1998, Roethermere Jr’s father Vere, the 3rd Viscount, declared himself a republican – the same crime committed by Ed Miliband’s father and for which he was eviscerated in this week’s Daily Mail – twice.
Does Rothermere share the racist and anti-Monarchist tendencies of his treacherous forbears? Young Jonathan has been strangely silent about the Nazi-loving flirtations of the 1st Viscount Rothermere and the republican, tax-dodging practices of his own father. You would think that anyone with such a dreadful family history would want to go out of their way to disown and repudiate the criminal actions of their great-grandfather, but Jonathan says nothing.
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