Arthur Kenneth Chesterton M.C was born at the turn of the century in Krugersdorp, South Africa and went to school in Johannesburg. From there he was sent to England, to Berkhamstead where in 1915 he was quite unhappy and interested only in the war. He persuaded his parents to allow him to return to South Africa where, immediately upon arrival, he slipped away without their knowledge to enlist in the 5th South African Light Infantry, exaggerating his age by four years to gain acceptance. Before his 17 th birthday he had been in the thick of three battles in German East Africa. Later he transferred to the 7 th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers where he served the rest of the war as a commissioned officer on the Western Front. In 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry whilst leading a series of attacks against enemy machine gun posts.
1924 saw him working on the Stratford on Avon Herald and then as editor of the Shakespeare Review. In the early 1930s, when the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened by the Prince of Wales, his speech was written by A.K. In 1933 he married Doris Terry and also joined Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists (BUF). He gained the position of inspector of branches.
After a remarkable service period in the second World War he returned to journalism. 1944 saw him as deputy editor of the journal Truth. When this became debased by its new owner, AK established Candour to ensure that the tradition of fearless comment should not be lost.
His first article was called Sound the Alarm! Candour continued to be his platform and a foremost weapon in the armoury of British Nationalists for over twenty years. He died on Thursday, August 16th 1973.
In this booklet A.K. Chesterton deals with the issue of European Union and Britain's entry into the Common Market (as it then was).His objection centres around the loss of British sovereignty. Naturally he maps out an alternative course for Britain which involves closer co-operation with the British Commonwealth and with what was left of the Empire.
Chesterton describes all the malevolent forces, from Lenin to the New York money power who were actively pushing Britain into Europe and looks at the underlying reasons for their attempt to strip Britain of any chance of ever again being a great power.