Tony Kerpel

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Person.png Tony Kerpel
(politician, activist)
Tony Kerpel.jpg
Born 1956
Founder of Policy Research Associates
Tony Kerpel is a politician and former activist with the Coalition for Peace through Security.[1]

Background

He studied sociology, at the Bath University of Technology (later University of Bath) 1964-1968. He was president of the University Students’ Union, 1968-69.[2]

Politics

He was national Chairman of the Young Conservatives 1975-1976.[2]

Career

He was a press spokesman at the Department of Education and Science and later transferred to the Home Office, where he "specialised on the prison side".[2]

Kerpel resigned as leader of the Conservative group on Camden Council in July 1985. Alan Rusbridger states that "He explains his reasons for stepping down in a letter to fellow Tories which even some of his own colleagues have dismissed as juvenile. It all is to do, he says, with disenchantment -'particularly with the loathsome nature of the Socialists .. the totally unscrupulous use of intimidation .. the corrupt use of public money . the exposure to Socialists and their co-opted mercenaries. I feel soiled by contact with these people, many of whom have no business in public life. I'm not prepared to accept the loss of self respect entailed in sitting with these people or being forced to listen to their endless verbal garbage."[3]

In 1993 he was Adviser to President de Klerk in South Africa, until black majority rule in May 1994.[2]

Campaign Against Council Corruption

Following his resignation, he set up the Campaign Against Council Corruption (CAMACC). Kerpel was later appointed to the post of special adviser to Secretary of State for the Environment Kenneth Baker. In Parliament, CAMACC's main activist was Edward Leigh MP (The 61, Le Cercle). CAMACC briefed various peers and drafted speeches for them in relevant debates in the House of Lords. Letters and news coverage were secured in national papers and the councils were branded in much of the British public's imagination as "loony lefties" who were misusing public funds.[4][5]



References

  1. Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Diary / Putting up with verbal-garbage, The Guardian, 5 July 1985.
  2. a b c d http://www.bath.ac.uk/about/our-alumni/alumni-profiles/kerpel.html
  3. Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Diary / Putting up with verbal-garbage, The Guardian, 5 July 1985.
  4. http://www.bilderberg.org/bap.htm
  5. Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Diary / Putting up with verbal-garbage, The Guardian, 5 July 1985.