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With a motion in the Lords looking like the best chance of forcing the Government to rethink its cuts to tax credits, here's a quick back of the envelope calculation of the balance of forces in the upper house. No... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
A small nugget from my latest research at the National Archives: Maurice Oldfield, then Security Co-ordinator in Northern Ireland gives his advice on information operations in the US in 1979. It is interesting given that the theme of a monolithic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
The Telegraph revealed on Monday that former Foreign Secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were the latest politicians to be caught in a sting operation by journalists posing as lobbyists. In this case, the majority of MPs approached turned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
The latest Lobster has some interesting reflections on the controversy over historical child abuse. Garrick Alder questions the role being played by negative evidence of a kind summed up by Donald Rumsfeld's dictum that 'absence of evidence is not evidence... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
Ed Moloney and James Kinchin-White have tonight published a new document from the National Archives featuring some interesting discussions about intelligence between senior Army officers in 1973. However, the evidence for their conclusion, that it points to a high-level army... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
Recent months have seen repeated calls for the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to look at events at the Kincora Boys Home in the mid-1970s (see Spinwatch reports here and here). A key development took place last week when a former... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
There is growing momentum for the the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to look at Northern Ireland's Kincora scandal, but a key piece of evidence linking Kincora and the Paedophile Information Exchange suggests that access to intelligence documents will be crucial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Whistleblower Colin Wallace is willing to testify to an inquiry into child sex abuse, but it will need access to intelligence documents if it is to succeed. Following the announcement of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse on Monday,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
The Independent reported yesterday that Education Secretary Michael Gove 'has been accused of cynically using the “Trojan Horse” schools row to push an ideological anti-Islamic agenda within the Government.' Gove has been pushing a similar agenda for the best part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Today's Daily Mail has an important story by the Labour MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, about how authorities allowed his Liberal predecessor, Cyril Smith, to get away with child abuse for decades. It’s now known that on three separate occasions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Last month, police in Belfast arrested veteran republican Ivor Bell, on the basis of material obtained through a controversial subpoena against the Boston College Oral History Project in the United States. This has intensified an already bitter debate that existed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
Steven McCaffery of The Detail has an interesting post looking at the demographic shifts underlying the stalemated Haass talks in Northern Ireland: The census marked an historic shift, unprecedented in Northern Ireland’s history – but it has barely registered in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
An upcoming Panorama documentary this Thursday on what sounds like the Military Reaction Force: In the early 1970s, the British Army ran a secret undercover unit. Its existence was deniable and its tactics were so controversial that the unit was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Green Ribbon