Spinning the European Union: pro-European propaganda campaigns in the British media

See note (1) This article explores the three pro-European Union propaganda campaigns mounted to date: in 1962-63 to secure public support following Britain’s first application to join the EU; in 1970-71 to prepare the public for accession; and in 1974-75 to ensure continued EU membership in the 1975 Referendum. For simplicity, the term European […]

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Post-war: private sector propaganda begins to regroup

Post-war: private sector propaganda begins to regroup As the war ended domestic politics returned to normal. The propaganda organisations of domestic capital restarted, though without the frenzy which had marked the post 1918 period. Their big issue was the threat of nationalisation of companies. The so-called Mr Cube Campaign of 1949/50, against the possibility […]

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The Ultranationalist Right in Turkey and the Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II

[…] quite difficult to be certain just which category a given work falls into. (4) The first such category is literature which is consciously produced and/or disseminated for propaganda purposes, often by people with direct or indirect links to the intelligence services of countries that are members of either NATO or the Warsaw Pact. These […]

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Fascism, the Security Service and the Curious Careers of Maxwell Knight and James McGuirk Hughes

[…] Organisation, however, acquired something of an official sanction when, in October 1919, Lloyd George called upon the services of Admiral Sir Reginald Hall and his organisation, National Propaganda, to assist the government to defeat the Railway Strike.(28) National Propaganda was employed by the Publicity Sub-committee of the STO to produce unofficial propaganda for the […]

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[…] To, by Phil Edwards, in Lobster 42. It contains a venomous and completely idiotic attack on Noam Chomsky (and indirectly on me as a co-author of the propaganda model), and it has other deficiencies as well. Let me elaborate. Edwards quotes Kick on the meaning of a lie, which Kick says is ‘elastic’, encompassing […]

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In a Common Cause: the Anti-Communist Crusade in Britain 1945-60

[…] in April 1946 to coordinate policy towards the Soviet Union. On May 7th the committee recognised a need for a ‘defensive-offensive’ policy and drafted guide-lines for a propaganda counter-offensive. Foreign Secretary Bevin, however, was not then convinced such tactics were necessary and Warner’s proposals remained unapproved until November 1947, after the Cominform declaration against […]

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George Orwell and the IRD

In their recent history of the Information Research Department (IRD), Paul Lashmar and James Oliver discuss George Orwell’s decision to collaborate with that organisation’s anti-Communist propaganda operations. They write that ‘George Orwell’s reputation as a left-wing icon took a body blow from which it may never recover when it was revealed in 1996 that […]

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Right-wing Terrorists and the Extraparliamentary Left in Post-World War 2 Europe: Collusion or Manipulation?

[…] that tightly enmeshed each person in an elaborate, all-encompassing infrastructure geared towards exerting social control;(64) the skilfull and systematic application of action psychologique, which included both mass propaganda directed at groups and ‘thought reform’ employed against particular individuals; (65) and the ruthless but controlled utilization of terrorism, whether discriminate or indiscriminate, to intimidate the […]

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Britain, America and Anti-Communist Propaganda 1945-53

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[…] when there was almost nothing else on it and so they loomed large. Second, the discovery of an official state organisation which had apparently been putting out propaganda against sections of the British Left, and had cosy relationships with a large chunk of the British media, confirmed some of the worst suspicions on the […]

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The Tory Right between the wars

[…] these two groups, largely funded and supported by the same members of the ruling elites, are almost a right and left ‘face’ of the anti-socialist, ‘class peace’ propaganda movement which dominated much of British domestic politics in the decade after the Russian revolution. (5) These ‘class peace’ groups form almost half of the 20 […]

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