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Baroness Falkender CBE (Lady Falkender) Biography

Born 10 March 1932 in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire and a graduate of Queen Mary College London, Marcia Field, later Marcia Williams and finally Lady Marcia Falkender was the political secretary to Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the head of his political office in Downing Street during the periods of his premiership 1964-1970 and 1974-76. The American equivalent would have been White House Chief of Staff. Prior to Lady Falkender there was no Political Office that reported directly to the Prime Minster made up of his own personal and political appointees? Prime Ministers were rather dependent on the Civil Service for their advice. This represented an important constitutional change in the Office of the Prime Minister and a slap in the...

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Nationalism vs Globalism: The Mayfair Set

THE real story about nationalism vs globalism is not immigration, Brexit, or any of the other issues that the media packages for the public. The issue is between national culture and the culture of money. Taken to its extreme point, the culture of money would create a repeat of the breakdown of the nation state into warring strongmen with private armies. Europe has seen this in the past, during the Hundred Years War and the Condottiere of Northern Italy, but with modern weaponry and technology these periods of chaos would pale into insignificance. Many of these themes, particularly of the genesis of this movement away from a national economy towards a globalised money economy are explored in this BBC series...

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The Plot Against Harold Wilson (2006) BBC TV

TWO BBC productions were made about Lady Falkender and Harold Wilson’s time in Downing Street. The first, “The Lavender List” was subject to a successful libel suit. The second went uncontested. Ironically the second programme the BBC made was broadcast at the same time as the first, but the fact that the “Lavender List” was actually a continuation of the same plot against Wilson into the twenty first century was lost on the BBC. The plot against Wilson was real. In fact it never ended, which is why we describe the “Lavender List” as a forty year-long British Intelligence operation. This programme is an excellent starting point for an overview of the issues involved around Harold Wilson. As I pointed...

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“The Lavender List” on BBC TV and the Libel Suit that Followed

IT’S always hard to empathise with famous people. In the public’s mind famous people aren’t really human; they are objects of fantasy, ridicule, admiration, contempt, mistrust, worship or lust but not people. They don’t really exist as human beings, and so the public doesn’t think that they have human responses to human situations.  While that may actually be true in some cases, that was not the case with the BBC 4 programme “the Lavender List”. Artistically, academically and morally this programme is a disgrace. It is basically Joe Haines’ entire fantasy world reproduced as historical fact on national television at taxpayer’s expense with the help of some lacklustre writing by the flaccid Francis Wheen. Lady Falkender was never consulted about...

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