From 1900 to 1902, during the height of the Second Boer War between the expansionist British Empire and the allied European colonies known as the South African Republic and the Orange Free State, Britain interned over 150,000 civilians in dozens of concentration camps dotted around what was to become modern South Africa. Over the course of two years some 50,000 internees died from disease, malnutrition and physical ill-treatment, over 20,000 of whom were children under the age of sixteen. The details of the United Kingdom’s actions during its “scorched earth” campaigns in southern Africa are rarely discussed in the contemporary UK, which emphasises the “glorious” nature of the country’s imperial past. So this contribution from Jacob-Rees Mogg, the Conservative Party MP and one of the leaders of the Brexit movement in Britain, defending the reputation of the British concentration camps in the first decade of the 20th century is fascinating. As is the audience reaction.