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Harold Wilson vs Fleet Street: Who Governs Britain?

WHETHER poli-sci textbooks admit or not, the media is central to an accurate understanding of modern democracy.  The elephant in the room of all modern political discussions, the role of the media is almost never discussed in the UK. In America the elephant finally became visible to enough of the population to affect real world events with the 2016 election. Later that elephant broke its bonds and went rogue with the issue of “Fake News”: the pivotal question of whether the media is actively lying to the population in order to pervert the outcome of elections. Such is the power of the modern media to affect thought, that should this be proven true then it nullifies any idea of democracy....

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Britain's Watergate: MI5, Spycatcher, the Lavender List and the Dirty Tricks Campaign against Harold Wilson

MI5 IS Britain’s Secret Police. Every country has a Secret Police, but the British people are alone in the world in believing that they do not. MI5’s official remit is “counter intelligence” and during the Cold War they expanded their domestic espionage activities considerably on the pretext of countering the activities of the KGB and preventing “domestic subversion”. What constitutes subversion is defined by MI5 themselves, of course, and in practice this meant targeting the Labour Party or at least that part of the Labour Party that might be a threat to the City of London. Despite what ideologues might think, the main threat to the City of London does not come from Marxists, since the ideological roots of Marxism...

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Dramatis Personae: The Who's Who of the 1976 Resignation Honours List

Sir Harold Wilson Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party: Winner of four general elections albeit with microscopic majorities. A pudgy man who was cursed by being of average height during an era of tall world leaders. Next to JFK, Lyndon Johnson and Charles De Gaulle Wilson looked small: literally and figuratively. Notoriously limited in his imagination and interests outside economics and politics he was completely unable to decisively deal with any serious problem. But was rather skilled at creating elaborate and fantastic houses of cards balancing out various institutional interests that, once his own influence was no longer present, disintegrated from their own internal contradictions. He was the last of the British Prime Ministers of the nationalist, or...

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The Political Landscape Behind the Lavender List

The “Lavender List”: Harold Wilson’s 1976 Resignation Honours List THE Mail on Sunday recently described the “Lavender List” as the “the most notorious resignation honours list in this country’s history”.  Is this true and if it is true what is the real story behind Harold Wilson’s 1976 Resignation Honours List? And why should anyone care about this today? After  all isn’t this just of historical interest? What does this have to do with the world of 2018? Well, “plenty” is the answer to the last question. In fact the “Lavender List” is probably the most important issue of the last 40 years, not because of what it says about Westminster and Downing Street, but rather what it says about the mismatch between the...

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