UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage has been forced to defend himself against claims he was viewed as "racist" and "fascist" when at school.
Channel 4 News said it has obtained a 1981 letter expressing concerns that he was being made a prefect at Dulwich College despite worries about his stated views. The letter is said to detail allegations including a young Mr Farage having "marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hitler youth songs".
The show also said the letter to the master of the college, written by Chloe Deakin, stated: "You will recall that at the recent, and lengthy, meeting about the selection of prefects, the remark by a colleague that Farage was 'a fascist, but perhaps that was no reason why he would not make a good prefect' invoked considerable reaction from members of the Common Room."
Bob Jope, a former English teacher who taught Mr Farage, alleged staff made accusations that Mr Farage voiced views that were not simply right-wing but "quite clearly racist".
Mr Farage described the Hitler youth song allegation as "baloney" and said he was a bolshy teenager who pushed the boundaries of debate further than he perhaps should have done. He also rejected suggestions he was excluded for making racist remarks.
Mr Farage told the programme: "Yes of course I said some ridiculous things." Asked if they were racist, he said: "Not necessarily racist things. It depends how you define it.
"You've got to remember that ever since 1968, up until the last couple of years, we've not been able in this country intelligently to discuss immigration, to discuss integration, it's all been a buried subject and that's happened through academia, it's happened through politics and the media."
When questioned about an alleged incident in which he was excluded for taunting a fellow pupil, Mr Farage replied: "I was excluded from class dozens of times over the years for all sorts of reasons." It was put to him if these exclusions were for racist comments. The Ukip leader said: "No, no, no. I don't accept that."
When told fellow pupils remembered him making "racist comments", Mr Farage replied: "Oh well, I might have wound some of them up too. All through the 1970s and 80s I would counter any received wisdom on any subject quite deliberately - I wasn't alone in doing that."
On the allegation of singing Hitler youth songs in a Sussex village, Mr Farage said he did not know the words. He added: "People often want to believe what they want to believe. That is complete baloney."