Former MI6 Boss Slams Sedwill’s Robbins Moan

Former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove has hit back at Mark Sedwill’s whiny letter in the Times yesterday asking people to lay off poor old Olly Robbins because he’s just doing his “duty to implement the decisions of the governments they elect.” Like preparing his own “Olly plan” for Brexit without the Cabinet’s knowledge for 9 months?

Dearlove says “It is not critics of the once great British civil service but members of that service in No 10 who need to cease and desist”. He calls for Robbins and his defence adviser Alastair Brockbank to answer “serious questions of improper conduct” over the so-called ‘Kit Kat tapes’ where Brockbank was covertly recorded pledging to continue propping up EU defence programmes with UK taxpayers’ cash. Since the referendum there has been a complete reversal in the UK’s longstanding policy of opposing EU defence integration with no public debate…

The fundamental truth is that individual civil servants have agendas, biases and prejudices – just like anybody else. Different government departments can even have competing agendas. Reporting on this is a public service. Sedwill’s special pleading that civil servants should be immune from criticism and scrutiny is both arrogant and chilling for democratic accountability. The buck stops with elected politicians but that does not mean that high-powered civil servants should be given a free pass from the press to run their fiefdoms with impunity…

Former MI6 Chief “Troubled” by Corbyn

Former chief of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove says he is “troubled” by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations:

“I think someone coming from my background is troubled by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations, some of which I find surprising and worrying… He has enthusiastically associated himself with groups and interests which I would not say were the friends of the British nation…

“I’m expressing concerns about him and his political past which I think are pretty extensively shared by a lot of people.”

He’s not the only one to have concerns about Agent COB…

Trump Could Make World Safer

Former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove on the safer world Trump can create

“My advice would be to ignore the extreme predictions and comparisons about Trump. He is not reminiscent of the rise of fascism, nor is Russia in any condition at the moment to push its destabilising interventions much beyond the Syrian vacuum and what it has already done in Ukraine and Georgia. There is a rational route for Trump-Elect to take into the wider world and it may well turn out that his policies contribute to creating a world that is actually safer and less volatile than we have now.”

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