From Spycatcher and GBH to the Zinoviev letter – an emergent pattern and the real enemy within

Politics and Insights

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A scene from Alan Bleasdale’s perceptive and prophetic GBH, a much misunderstood darkly comedic series from 1991. Some felt that Bleasdale was attempting to discredit the militant left at the time, but what he portrayed is an infiltation of the Labour Party by MI5, ordered by the Conservative government at the time, whose aim was to recruit, manipulate and indoctrinate thugs to assist in destablising and discrediting the Labour Party in its entirety.

Fueling social tensions, these agents provocateurs used the ethnic communities to foster social division, in the hope of causing riots and ultimately, these hardened right-wing thugs dismissed the minority groups as collateral damage to destroy the Labour Party.

MI5 staged a series of violent racist assaults on the city’s ethnic minorities, using hired thugs posing as police officers. They “made things happen.” Ultimately to preserve the status quo. In the drama it’s eventually revealed that the plot…

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