Clare Short

FFS, everyone knows that bugging is what intelligence agencies do. I thought Boutros Boutros Ghali was surprisingly good on this point on Radio 4 this morning: yes, it’s annoying, yes, it’s against international law (as is all espionage, which doesn’t prevent anyone from doing it); but really Clare Short should catch herself on. As I’ve said before, I was opposed to the Iraq war, but ratting on your own intelligence services for doing their job properly is a pathetic way to behave.

It would be a different matter if the spooks had been out of control and pursuing their own political agenda, independent of government policy. But they weren’t.

It would be a different matter if the spooks had been selectively leaking the information they got to particular British politicians in order to skew the agenda. But they weren’t.

It would, frankly, be a different matter if they had been caught. But they weren’t.

All of us who are involved in international politics are aware of our interactions with intelligence agencies; sometimes it’s overt, sometimes it’s not. I have assumed that most of my international phone conversations, and probably all from my workplace of the moment, were bugged since I got into this game seven years ago. And my experience is that whenever such bugging is revealed – eg the Croatian secret services tapping the Milosevic family chit chat, or MI5 listening in on Martin McGuinness and Mo Mowlam – you have to look really hard at the motives of the whistleblower.

Have I become a reactionary in my old age?

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1 Response to Clare Short

  1. hypatia says:

    with the caveat that some of the non fiction I’ve not read page by page but chunks over time. The polls bring home to me how much less I manage to read than I used to – there are big gaps in the recent years where once there may not have been.

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