Posts Tagged ‘Margaret Thatcher’

ClandesTime 103 – MI5 Censorship of Panorama

In 1980 the BBC's documentary series Panorama began developing an episode on British intelligence.  This was the first of its kind, at least by such a prominent and respected series, but both the central government and the intelligence agencies were not happy.  Over a period of several months they put ...
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Top Secret File on Government Censorship of Panorama

In the summer of 1980 the BBC's flagship documentary series Panorama was developing a TV special about British intelligence.  This was the first film of its kind, and perhaps unsurprisingly Thatcher's government was not happy about it.  Downing Street put pressure on the film-makers via BBC Director-General Ian Threthowan, and ...
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5 Examples of Hollywood’s Influence on Politics

Jump to documents Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, said Paul Begala (probably). Washington is the entertainment capital of the world, said Jack Valenti. Washington's influence on Hollywood, the state's influence on popular culture, is the primary topic of this site. But what about Hollywood's influence on politics, the influence ...
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ClandesTime 075 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections

Tom Clancy's books are known for their technical accuracy, their political realism and their curious ability to foreshadow future events.  In this episode we explore his government connections - to the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and the White House.  We examine whether these connections are what enabled Clancy to write such ...
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Disinfowars 13 – Institutional Secrecy

Following on from last week's show I look at how the intelligence services who were causing mayhem in Northern Ireland were protected by a culture of institutional secrecy in the British government. Via a little-known government file that was declassified in 2009 I tell the story of government policy on ...
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ClandesTime 049 – Is There Anyone to Vote For?

I reflect on the forthcoming British general election and consider whether any of the candidates are worthy of my vote.  I look at the three main parties (Tory, Liberal, Labour), the three alternatives that are rising in popularity (UKIP, Green, SNP) and a couple of new fringe parties that I ...
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Thatcher, the Army boots and Yes, Minister

The latest batch of documents released by the UK National Archives includes a file on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's visit to Northern Ireland in December 1982.  Buried within the documents is an exchange about the quality of Army overboots provided to the Bessbrook barracks in County Armagh. Complaints about the ...
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Thatchergate Files on Faked Reagan-Thatcher phone call

Shortly before the UK general election of June 1983 the Thatchergate scandal broke when a tape recording and an anonymous letter were sent to several Dutch newspapers.  The recording was purportedly a phone conversation between then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and then US President Ronald Reagan.  The conversation included ...
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ClandesTime 012 – Looking back at 2013

In this special end of the year episode of ClandesTime I reflect on the last 12 months, highlighting some news stories and offering my opinions on them.  I also outlined how 2013 was a very important year for me personally and some of my hopes and plans for the coming ...
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Profile: Victor Rothschild

Born: 31 October 1910 Died: 20 March 1990 Intelligence involvement: Worked for MI5 during World War Two. Culture involvement: N/A Bio:  Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild was born into the illustrious and notorious Rothschild family in London.  He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.  There he joined the ...
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