Five at Eye

Last year the Guardian newspaper revealed that Private Eye ‘may have been used to smear Wilson’. The former editor, Richard Ingrams, told reporters: “Looking back on it, it’s obvious that the Eye could have been used by MI5, but it’s hard to be concrete.” Its hard to be concrete because nobody bothered to look […]

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Destabilising the Wilson government 1974-76

Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher Covert Operations in British Politics 1974-1978 1975, the year that saw the formation of NAFF, was also the second year of an unprecedented smear campaign against the Labour Party, and, to a lesser extent, the Liberal Party. The major target of this campaign, and as far as we […]

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Harold Wilson, the Bank of England and the Cecil King ‘coup’ of May 1968

I: Wilson, Cromer and the City One anniversary which has come and gone this year without much comment is the attempted 1968 ‘coup’ orchestrated by Cecil King against the Labour government of Harold Wilson. The plot was provoked by collapse of confidence in Wilson in the media (led by King’s Daily Mirror), finance, industry […]

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Moscow Gold: ‘the Communist threat’ in post-war Britain

[…] communist control were made at the time, I have seen no evidence to support this view. The second occasion was during the 1966 seamen’s strike when Harold Wilson made his notorious comments in the House of Commons about the role of the CP in the strike, and actually named CP members said to be […]

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Downing Street Diary: With Harold Wilson in No. 10

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[…] of the government’s handling of various incidents, interesting though they are; but for the picture it contains of the people of No. 10 Downing St. in the Wilson administrations of the 1970s and the light it throws on some of the central themes in the smear campaigns run against Wilson. We are talking about […]

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Back to the future: the 1970s reconsidered

[…] London has staged a comeback which would be the envy of any child movie star reaching maturity.’ – Professor Ira Scott, 1969(4) Edward Heath, who succeeded Harold Wilson as Prime Minister in 1970, is conventionally viewed as someone who began as ‘Selsdon Man’, a prototype of the later Thatcher Tory Party, then made his […]

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Historical Notes

[…] a chance to run his own, private crusade. Harold Wilson’s illness In March British television broadcast a number of programmes about the late Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, marking the 30th anniversary of the announcement of his resignation in March 1976. Wilson’s resignation caused a sensation at the time, and many commentators believed there […]

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The view from the bridge

HP source ‘The plot against Harold Wilson’, the drama-documentary broadcast on BBC 2 on 16 March, was a strange affair. It was really little more than a World in Action half hour from the late 1970s puffed-up, complete with redundant reconstruction of Wilson and Marcia Falkender meeting BBC journalists Penrose and Courtiour (Pencourt). Is […]

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Was there a ‘communist threat’?

[…] difficulty for the Attlee government. ‘Cynical manipulation of the red card’ has often been the description of the second occasion, during the 1966 seamen’s strike, when Harold Wilson made his notorious comments in the House of Commons about the role of the CPGB in the strike, and actually named CPGB members said to be […]

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Historical Notes: MI5 and the Wilson Plot. USA and Chile. Hess

MI5 and the Wilson Plot The MI5 website (www.mi5.gov.uk) has a section called ‘myths and misunderstandings’, which features, among other things, ‘the Wilson Plot’. The paragraph it devotes to this episode is worth studying. It refers the reader to Spycatcher and Peter Wright’s allegation that ‘up to 30 members of the Service had plotted […]

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