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... orthodox Communism'. 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 the late 1930s and early 1940s ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  13 Aug 2013  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster66/lob66-literary-spying.pdf
42. Thatcher's Secret War (Book review) (Winter 2015) [Lobster #70 (Winter 2015) (free)] [Free Issue]
... trade unions 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 the 'Wilson ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  11 Oct 2015  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster70/lob70-thatchers-secret-war.pdf
... 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, No. 2, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  01 Jun 1996  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue31/lob31-14.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
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 agencies. ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 24  -  01 Apr 1986  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue11/lob11-11.htm
... found that only 19 per cent were in favour of entry and more than half rejected even the principle of negotiating. Ernest Wistrich, director of the European Movement, noted that in December 1970 only 18 per cent supported membership, whilst 70 per cent were opposed. (9) The government enlisted the assistance of the Information Research Department (IRD). This covert unit, established by the Labour Government in 1948, was financed from the Secret Intelligence Services budget, with close links to MI6. The government's campaign had three stages. The first involved the dissemination of information to the press and public; the second, from the announcement of the terms of entry until the end ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 19  -  01 Dec 2002  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue44/lob44-03.htm
47. Was there a 'communist threat'? [Lobster Special Issue: The Clandestine Caucus (199]
... to exaggerate, will be very imprecise at best. Initially, post-war, the major focus of the state's anti-communists seems to have been on the Soviet front groups- the friendship societies etc. Eric Shaw mentions that in 1953 the Labour Party's Proscription List suddenly expanded with information about these groups assumed to come from 'the Foreign Office [i.e. IRD] and Special Branch' run through the International Department of the Party.(163) This focus on the CPGB front groups seems to be attributable to two things. If Bower's recent biography of MI5 head Dick White is accurate, one is the inadequacies of MI5 in the post-war years.(164) The second is the the ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 19  -  01 Jun 1996  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/caucus/lobcc-09.htm
48. The view from the bridge [Lobster #56 (Winter 2008/9)]
... as in: no editorial names appeared in it and the suspicion was that it was being used to run disinfo. This Mountbatten-Kincora story looks to me like just another one of the disinfo stories that were built around Kincora none of which (thus far) have ever amounted to anything, despite the possibility of considerable compensation for the victims. IRD reborn? On 17 October 2008 in 'Paedophiles unite with terrorists online', 'an investigation by The Times' claimed that examination of Jihadists' computers showed that some contained child pornography images.(7) This story included speculation either that there was something about being a Jihadist which leads to paedophilia or that Jihadists were using child porn pictures ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 17  -  01 Dec 2008  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue56/lob56-26.htm
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 Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons capability' ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 17  -  01 Dec 2000  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue40/lob40-02.htm
... /b £8.99 An updated and expanded version of Defending the Realm: MI5 and the Shayler Affair which was reviewed in Lobster 38, this account of MI5's adjustment to the post Cold War world is one of the best books on the UK's intelligence services, up there with Stephen Dorril's MI6 book, Paul Lashmar and James Oliver's book on IRD and Richard Aldrich's The Hidden Hand. Rereading it, I was struck by the following. Although we now know quite a lot about MI5's recent history, almost none of it has come from MI5 itself, despite the talk of openness and its Web site. A good deal of the key information has come from David Shayler who is ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 15  -  01 Dec 2003  -  URL: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/online/issue46/lob46-41a.htm
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