Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam

From the Introduction to Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Britain’s contribution to the rise of the terrorist threat goes well beyond the impacts its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have had on some individuals. The more important story is that British governments, both Labour and Conservative, have, in pursuing the so-called ‘national interest’ […]

Hilary Benn’s speech – The media’s war footing on Corbyn and Syria

Outside of North Korea, speeches by political figures are rarely universally showered with adulation. So the mainstream media’s ravings in reaction to Hilary Benn’s speech to parliament on Syria are especially noticeable. Across the spectrum, the speech has been reported as ‘riveting’ (Guardian), ‘extraordinary’ (Mirror), ‘great’ (BBC News at 6, 3 December) and that of […]

Unilateral nuclear disarmament, 1960

Cabinet Office, ‘Future Policy Study 1960-70: Part III: The Main Objectives of the United Kingdom’s Overseas and Strategic Policy’, January 1960 ‘…Unilateral nuclear disarmament is, of course, within our power. But, although it could be represented as setting a good example, any such action would be gravely damaging to our continued security and would undermine […]

‘The Main Objectives of the United Kingdom’s Overseas and Strategic Policy’, January 1960

Cabinet Office, ‘Future Policy Study 1960-70: Part III: The Main Objectives of the United Kingdom’s Overseas and Strategic Policy’, January 1960 ‘We have the capacity to play a world-wide role only if we are willing as a nation to devote our actions and resources to this purpose. There are many desirable ways of using our […]

The rulers of the Arabian Peninsula, 1958

Joint Intelligence Committee report, “Nationalist and radical movements in the Arabian Peninsula”, 10 February 1958 ‘Arab nationalism, including the urge towards greater Arab unity and the removal of any foreign control, is already the most powerful emotional force in the area and it is beginning to penetrate even the most remote corners of the peninsula…  […]

Corbyn’s threat of democracy

It is delightful to see Labour voters defy the establishment by finally electing a leader on the centre ground of British thinking. Opinion polls suggest that Jeremy Corbyn’s policies of nationalising the railways, energy companies and Royal Mail, along with opposition to the Iraq war and British intervention in the Middle East are all supported […]

British support for Idi Amin, 1971

Richard Slater (High Commissioner, Uganda) to Alec Douglas-Home (Foreign Secretary), ‘The first six months of General Amin’s government’, 6 August 1971 ‘Amin’s performance as leader of the government has been patchy… As a leader of the people..he has grown in stature and his personal popularity is an important asset…the real problems are tribalism, indiscipline in […]

Profiting from Poverty, Again: DFID’s Support for Privatising Education and Health

Report for Global Justice Now Britain’s overseas aid programme is being reconfigured to promote the privatisation of education and health in developing countries. The Department for International Development (DFID) has become the world’s leading donor in spearheading a push for profit making companies to manage and deliver schooling and health care in Africa and Asia. […]

British policy towards the United States, 1968

FCO draft paper, “Longer-term elements in Anglo/US relations”, August 1968 “Even if the United States is a giant in a world where the Soviet Union is the only other giant to talk to, it [the US] feels the need for friends and Britain is probably the best friend they have… We are still the best […]

British policy towards the United Nations, 1970

Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home, ‘British policy towards the United Nations in the 1970s’, 11 September 1970 “Our position as a permanent member of the Security Council gives us special opportunities for using the United Nations as a forum to exert our influence. Indirectly the United Nations development assistance activities may help to preserve Western influence […]