1960-1969 | Uncategorized | VIetnam

Britain backs escalation of U.S. assault on Vietnam

[ 13 June 1965 ] Today in 1965, Labour MP Tony Benn noted in his diary, regarding the situation in Vietnam, that ‘the Americans are now deciding to invade in full strength and we are left in the embarrassing position of appearing to support them.’1 Washington’s role had previously been limited to deploying military advisers and…

1970-1979 | Palestine

Harold Wilson orders ministers not to be friendly with PLO delegates

29 August 1975 Today in 1975,  Tony Benn, the secretary of state for industry, noted in his diary that he had received ‘special instructions from Harold Wilson about tomorrow’s IPU (Inter Parliamentary Union) Conference. The prime minister had issued a warning that ministers were not, under any circumstances, to be friendly towards the PLO (Palestine…

1970-1979 | United States

Post office argues against commemorating the American revolution

19 April 1975 Today in 1975, Tony Benn, secretary of state for industry, was astonished to discover that the Post Office did not wish to comply with his request to issue stamps commemorating the American Revolution and the bicentenary of the declaration of independence. Opening his red box, he found a note explaining that ‘this…

1970-1979 | Chemical weapons | Environmental devastation

Labour government approves using depleted uranium in ammunition

22 January 1979 On 22 January 1979, the Labour Cabinet almost unanimously approved the use of depleted uranium (DU) in anti-tank ammunition.  The only voice raised in opposition to the use of the toxic and radioactive material was the Secretary of State for Energy, Tony Benn. He warned ministers that every nuclear power station in…

2000-2009 | Media propaganda

Vilification of anti-imperialist MP who dressed up as a cat on TV

14 January 2006 On 14 January 2006, there was endless media ridicule and contempt for Labour MP George Galloway, after he dressed up as a cat on the Channel 4 TV show Big Brother and drank from a saucer of milk handed to him by actress Rula Lenska.  Unlike this humiliating scene, views Galloway expressed on…

1980-1989 | Egypt | Secret Collusion

Documents belatedly expose British-Israeli collusion in Suez Crisis

1 January 1987 On 1 January 1987, the British government belatedly released documents under the thirty year rule, exposing the secret collusion between Britain and Israel to manufacture a phony pretext for military intervention in Egypt during the 1956 Suez crisis.  For years, successive governments had denied such claims, using the thirty year rule as…

2000-2009 | Blair's crimes | Iraq

24 NOVEMBER

WALL STREET’S WORRIES AND THE WEATHER CITED AS REASONS FOR THE IRAQ WAR [ 24 November 2006 ] On 24 November 2006, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, who had been Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations in the run up to the Iraq war, explained to a conference at Churchill College Cambridge, that Britain had no choice…

1990-1999 | Backing dictatorships | Chile

28 OCTOBER

SHIP’S CREW SAVED BUT ‘NOT EVEN ANY OF OUR CLOTHES OR ONE SLAVE.’ [ 28 October 1763 ] The London registered Phoenix was carrying 332 slaves crammed into its hold from Africa towards Maryland on the United States’ mid-Atlantic coastline. BRITAIN’S HIGH COURT – CHILEAN’S TYRANT PINOCHET CAN’T BE PROSECUTED [ 28 October 1998 ]…

1980-1989 | Falkland Islands

1 MAY

DISBELIEF AMONG TROOPS THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE TO DIE FOR THE FALKLANDS [ 1 May 1982 ] On 1 May 1982, Labour MP Tony Benn published a letter, although withholding the woman’s name, from the fiancee of a marine on the British task force, which had been sent to seize the remote Falkland Islands back…