From Uganda to UKIP: Carswell grew up under the benign rule of the great African nationalist leader and "Scotophile" Idi Amin.
UKIP, the civic-nationalist-lite Eurosceptic Party, has just lost its only member in the UK Parliament, Douglas Carswell. The Libertarian ex-Conservative resigned over long-running differences with the rest of the party, including its former leader Nigel Farage.

Although UKIP played a major role in securing BREXIT and won millions of votes at the last general election, Carswell was its only MP. He defected to UKIP in 2014 in response to David Cameron's extremely pro-EU policies, a move which helped push Cameron into holding a referendum on EU membership that he subsequently lost, so Carswell already has already secured a small but important part in World history. 

The same can be said for his father. Carswell grew up in Uganda, the son of distinguished Scottish doctor Wilson Carswell, who diagnosed the first confirmed Ugandan cases of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s and helped publicise the epidemic that has blighted African and gay communities in particular. His father's experiences in Uganda were also the inspiration for the character Dr Nicholas Garrigan in Giles Foden's novel "The Last King of Scotland," which was later turned into a relatively successful feature film "The Last King of Scotland" in 2006.

The title of the book and movie referred to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's claim to be the "Last King of Scotland," a sign of the African strongman's deep love and respect for the Scottish people.

Many "Kippers" (UKIP members) welcomed Carswell's exit from the party, saying that he had been a divisive figure and not a true "civic nationalist." Carswell identifies strongly as a "Libertarian." UKIP started out as a Libertarian Party, but has moved towards a more statist approach in order to capitalise on the decline of the Labour Party. 

Carswell will now be an independent MP, aligned with no party. This will probably see him defeated at the next general election so, if he chooses to stay active in politics, it his highly likely that he will simply return to the Conservative Party. But will they have an MP who has clearly been something of a special snowflake?

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