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41. The 1975 Referendum on Europe, reviewed [Lobster #53 (Summer 2007)]
... had difficulty working together; they didn't produce a professional-looking campaign and were portrayed by the media as a group of oddballs. Meanwhile the 'pros', containing all the centrists who had been promoted by the media as the 'sensible' people, had tons of money and some covert help from the British secret state in the shape of IRD. The only bits of interest are an entertaining account by Alan Sked of his career as a eurosceptic and this snippet from former Conservative MP Richard Body: 'Carefully selected people were invited to luncheon and dinner .. .. .. .. to hear speakers give what they claimed to be confidential briefings "off the record". ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 25  -  01 Jun 2007  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue53/lob53-50.htm
... sponsor with ISC and the National Strategy Information Centre (NSIC) of the so-called 'Freedom Blue Cross' conference in Brighton, apparently an attempt to persuade predominantly British multinational companies to fund a private 'pro freedom' propaganda organisation. David Leigh (Guardian 6 May 1980) saw this as an attempt to create a privately funded version of IRD (IRD having just been finished off by the Labour Government). Little has been heard of 'Freedom Blue Cross' since - nothing at all, in fact - and if the follow-up piece in the Guardian (7 June 1978) is anything to go by, the British companies present were hugely underwhelmed. (On Bluecross ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 25  -  01 Apr 1986  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue11/lob11-15.htm
... the Cominform would actually have written that 'new and and concentrated effort must be made by specially suitable undercover activists to penetrate into that bastion of British capitalism and so set up the strongest possible Communist cells within the Conservative Party .. .. '. This document, I suspect, is a product of the Foreign Office's Information Research Department (IRD). This impression is greatly strengthened by Braddock's report of another document, called 'MVD Information' (MVD became the KGB) 'which circulates to executives of the Soviet secret police and secret service'. In this 'it has been predicted that by June 1962, the number of fully-trained men and women who will be sent to ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 25  -  01 Jun 1992  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue23/lob23-12.htm
... increasingly like IRD's last stand.) The rest of the state's information and diplomatic services involved in the insurgencies frequently objected to this line, sometimes successfully. Quite why the rest of Whitehall put up with IRD's incompetent meddling until 1976 remains a mystery: Carruther's account of the politics of official propaganda does not get that deep. Anybody interested in IRD - or the wider issues of propaganda in British counter-insurgency policies - will find important new material here. A short version of this, concentrating on the IRD sections of the book, is 'A Red Under Every Bed? Anti-Communist Propaganda and Britain's Response to Colonial Insurgency', in Contemporary Record, Vol. 9, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  01 Jun 1996  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue31/lob31-14.htm
45. The central role of MI5 [Lobster #11 (Apr 1986)]
... this network - essentially the armed heart of the state - could hardly have been more explicit. From it she has taken Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet members - Neave, Tebbit, Ridley; junior front bench spokesmen - Biggs- Davison, Mitchell, Churchill; a speechwriter - Robert Moss; foreign policy tutors - Robert Conquest and Leonard Schapiro from IRD and ISC; and her closest political friend, mentor, confidant and ally - Airey Neave. She expressed her faith in Neave by her willingness to have him in the two 'hot' seats; Northern Ireland, on which he was shadow front-bench spokesman, and, had he lived, 'intelligence supremo' - overseeing the intelligence ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  01 Apr 1986  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue11/lob11-11.htm
... ), the Gibraltar, Andersontown and Milltown cemetery incidents, the Birmingham 6 and so on. Quilligan was one of the people linked to the Provos in the FCO 'Background Briefing' issued to the media. (See Guardian 11 May 1988). This 'Background Briefing' differs not a jot from the kinds of 'briefings' put out by IRD in the 1970s and is proof that while IRD may have officially closed, its functions continue in other guises. Canadian Association For Security And Intelligence Studies Newsletter Issue 10 arrived, chock full of news and details of books recent and forthcoming in the intelligence field. It includes a couple of very sharp book reviews from James Rusbridger who, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  01 Jun 1988  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue16/lob16-13.htm
... '. As Ogilvie noted, it was evident from Orwell's recent writings (this was before Animal Farm was published) 'that he does not hold with the Communist Party nor they with him'. Post-war, of course, Orwell became involved with the secret state. Smith quite correctly condemns Orwell's relationship with the Information Research Department (IRD) and his handing over of a list of Party members, sympathisers and fellow travellers as a 'gross miscalculation'. He is, however, less successful in explaining this miscalculation. Obviously, Orwell's anti-Stalinism was a crucial factor, but in the post-War period the nature of that anti-Stalinism changed. Whereas in ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  13 Aug 2013  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster66/lob66-literary-spying.pdf
48. Thatcher's Secret War (Book review) (Winter 2015) [Lobster #70 (Winter 2015) (free)] [Free Article]
... and were attempting to turn Ireland into another Cuba. If the CPGB's role in trade unions was real, there is no evidence that it was being directed by the Soviets – had there been any we would have heard about it – and Ireland-as- Cuba was simply an invention by those creative amplifiers of the 'red menace' at IRD. (Bloom does not mention IRD.) Bloom then tells us that Neave met Wallace three times and 'Wallace was dismissed with £70 for his information. ' (p . 53) Actually the £70 was the fee from the Daily Telegraph for a piece Wallace wrote, anonymously, about the Northern Ireland situation. Further into ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  11 Oct 2015  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster70/lob70-thatchers-secret-war.pdf
49. SISies: MI6 & A Life: A. J. Ayer (Book reviews) [Lobster #40 (Winter 2000/1)]
... that Britain could 'punch above her weight', due to the combination of the possession of the atomic bomb, with a group of wily Athenians back home running MI6, was tested to destruction. In his final chapter, 'The New Agenda', dealing with MI6's future, Dorril drops the minor bombshell that the old black propaganda functions of IRD are up-and-running again with MI6. He maintains that a former MI6 officer (Tomlinson?) has alleged that 'the bread-and-butter work' of the service's psychological warfare I/Ops section is in 'massaging public opinion into accepting controversial foreign policy decis ions'. This includes the 'plethora of media stories about ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 22  -  01 Dec 2000  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue40/lob40-02.htm
... texts of a couple of speeches given at their meetings by the late Brian Crozier.3 In his 1982 speech, in the midst of a gloomy analysis which suggests that the Soviet Union might win the Cold War, he asserted: 'In the United Kingdom, the counter-subversive arm of the Foreign Office, the Information Research Department (IRD) was destroyed in a complex operation in which the CIA traitor, Philip Agee, played a leading part. '4 Oh, really? I had a look at Crozier's memoir, Free Agent (HarperCollins, 1993). 1 At <https://isgp-studies.com/david-teacher>. Teacher writes ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 21  -  17 Dec 2017  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster74/lob74-view-from-the-bridge.pdf
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