24 02, 2021

MI5 and the BBC: Stamping the ‘Christmas Tree’ Files

2021-03-10T17:23:31+00:00By |Categories: MI5 and the BBC, UK|

If ever there was an example of ‘security’ factors being used as a pretext for political vetting, it is at the BBC. When their security procedures were revealed in 1985, the corporation said that vetting was restricted to a relatively small number of people who had access to ‘sensitive information’. But in reality a large number of BBC employees – ranging from Graduate Trainees and journalists to arts producers and drama directors – were vetted by MI5 via the Personnel Department.

28 12, 2020


2021-03-10T17:34:13+00:00By |Categories: Mark Thatcher, UK|

"Mark Thatcher was trying to cash in on the Al-Yamamah deal . . . In the arms business we met many people, royal hangers on. We called them ‘Black Princes’ and sometimes they had to be bought off . . . Thatcher was acting in the same way, as a kind of British Black Prince, but it was surely not the proper role for a British prime minister’s son"

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