Jack Straw the Labour Home Secretary at the time said today, "I should have been told of anything that was current, post the election of Tony Blair's government in early May 1997. But much more importantly, [the] Macpherson inquiry should have been told, and also should have been given access to the results of this long-running and rather expensive undercover operation."
I always think that the surprise is the most surprising thing about it. To be fair those with an interest in the matter, whatever that may be, aren't likely to show their true faces to the politicos - especially the genuine ones (if such exist). Yet we've had Home Secretaries that know nothing of police surveillance; we've Chancellors of the Exchequer who don't know when the economy is heading over a cliff. Nobody ever seems to be aware of anything nasty until it hits the fan.
I don't expect butlers to be aware of the sorts of things that are beyond royal knowledge. I don't expect mothers of murdered teenagers to be anything other than surprised that the police, whose proposed purpose is to protect the public, but who seem more enthusiastic about rifling through their dustbins - metaphorically and actually. (I promised no more anecdotes.)
There's a young man (it seems it's always the young ones - no doubt because they've longer to live with it than we spineless old codgers). As I write, he's probably on his way to somewhere in South America. His life is in limbo. He might never go home to the USA. If he does, it'll most likely be under duress, and with dire prospects.
I bet he was surprised when he found out what his job entailed. They taught us about neither state-corporate surveillance nor debt-based, fractional reserve banking at my school; no doubt, his school was the same. But whilst he was doing his job, digging for dirt, he found it.
Some may find that surprising, but thanks to him and others like him, (albeit too few) there are few excuses left for us to be surprised by the chicaneries of those who are besotted with wealth and power.
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