Bernard Porter: Imperial Spooks, 21 March 2013
Show More Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton.
Harper, 411 pp., £25, February 2013, 978 0 00 745796 0Show More
“... It’s pretty obvious why British governments have been anxious to keep the history of their secret service secret for so long. In the case of decolonisation, which is the subject of Calder Walton’s book, revelations about dirty tricks even after fifty years might do irreparable damage to the myth carefully cultivated at the time: which was that for Britain, unlike France, say, or the Netherlands, or Belgium, the process was smooth and friendly ...”