The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners
Verso, 2004 - 439 pagina's
Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike "the enemy within." With the publication of this book, the full irony of that accusation became clear. Seumas Milne revealed for the first time the astonishing lengths to which the government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain's miners' union. There was an enemy within. It was the secret services of the British state, operating inside the NUM itself.
Milne revealed for the first time the astonishing lengths to which the government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain's miners' union. Using phoney bank deposits, staged cash drops, forged documents, agents provocateurs and unrelenting surveillance, M15 and police Special Branch set out to discredit Scargill and other miners' leaders. Planted tales of corruption were seized on by the media and both Tory and Labour politicians in what became an unprecedentedly savage smear campaign.
In this new edition, published for the twentieth anniversary of Britain's most important postwar social confrontation, new material brings the story up to date† – and, in the wake of the Iraq war intelligence scandals, highlights the continuing threat posed by the security services to democracy today.
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action agent Alain Simon allegations Altaf Abbasi Arthur Scargill bank Britain British miners broadcast campaign Channel Four Channel Four Dispatches chief executive claimed coalfields Cook Report court Daily Mirror Dalyell Dave Feickert December dispute donation former Gaddafi Gavin Lightman GCHQ Guardian Hart headquarters Ibrahim industrial insisted interview with Lorraine journalists July June Kevin Barron Kim Howells Kinnock Labour Party later leaders leadership left-wing Libyan money Lightman Inquiry Lightman Report London Lorraine Heggessey March Margaret Thatcher Maxwell Maxwell's million Moscow MTUI November NUM's October operations organization Parker Peter Heathfield picket police political president Prime Minister Roger Windsor Roy Greenslade Sarah Burton says Scargill Affair Scargill and Heathfield Scargill's secret secretary security services sequestration Sheffield Soviet miners Srebny Stella Rimington story strike Sunday Tam Dalyell television Terry Pattinson Thatcher told Tory trade trade-union Tripoli Yorkshire