The February edition of History Today will carry an article by me on ‘Surveillance: a new British tradition’. It contrasts our acceptance of all kinds of government intrusion into our affairs today with Britain’s proud and national identity-defining anti-espionage tradition until recently. I wrote it some time ago, and it’s purely by chance that it will be appearing at a time when people may be more willing to accept domestic espionage, in the face of very real Islamist threats (Paris, 7 January). I think I’ve made it clear that I’m not necessarily advocating the same degree of ‘spylessness’ today, and I hope it won’t be taken that way. My main point is that ‘national identity’ can’t be founded on ‘history’, but is bound to change, with circumstances, through time.

About bernardporter2013

Retired academic, author, historian.
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  1. Pingback: Spylessness and After | Porter’s Pensées

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