The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners

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Verso, 2004 - Business & Economics - 439 pages
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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Maxwell spy for Israel.
Stella Rimington ran MI5 operation against the miners.
Kinnock 'donkey' filled his Bank account, when the working class got more poorer.
Jim Parker and roger Winder guilty
of treason.
Robin Cook Low life.
Kim Howells always put his self first.
They the Enemy within.
As a south wales miner at the time well done thank you, Walk in peace. Seumas Milne.
Paul Williams NUM
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER
37
CHAPTER
73
CHAPTER THREE
125
CHAPTER FOUR
169
CHAPTER FIVE
215
Moscow GoldDiggers
255
CHAPTER SEVEN
302
CONCLUSION
352
POSTSCRIPT to the Third Edition
378
NOTES
393
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
426
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Seumas Milne is a columnist and Associate Editor on the Guardian and the paper's former Comment Editor. He was previously the Guardian's Labour Editor and a staff journalist on the Economist. He is the author of The Enemy Within and co-author of Beyond the Casino Economy.

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