In 1982 Chris Mullin wrote a fictional thriller called A Very British Coup; it was then adapted twice into TV movies, see: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-British-Coup-foretold-Corbyn/dp/1846687403. The title unfortunately gives away the ending, but don't let that put you off. The story is a vivid account of the frailties and limits of democracy, and therefore its fraud; and it was written by a government insider. Chris Mullin was the Member of Parliament for the Sunderland South consistency from 1987 to 2010. It follows the career of a left wing, "Old Labour" politician who through some terrible oversight on the part of the "Men in Grey Suits" ends up getting elected Prime Minister. Harry Perkins is a working class Yorkshireman from a long line of steelworkers and the story contains numerous anecdotes portraying him as a down-to-Earth man-of-the-people; for example he uses a
Sheffield Wednesday football bag instead of a
suitcase to carry his paperwork and he walks between and Buckingham
Street when he meets with the Queen. He immediately begins
implementing policies that during the early 1980's, when the story was
conceived, were indeed the manifesto of the real British opposition Labour
Party: improvements to the Welfare State, complete re-vitalization of the
National Health Service and the nationalization all service industries. An end
to nuclear power, unilateral nuclear disarmament, a departure from NATO and the
abolition of all Anglo-American Cold War treaties. Between the scenes of Harry
Perkins at work are interspersed shots of darkly lit rooms in the headquarters
of MI5 where sinister-looking men watch him on TV in malevolent silence. When
Perkins announces to the American ambassador that he has two years to remove
from British shores the CIA get involved too. Perkins then holds a ceremony on
TV where the first nuclear warhead from US 's
independent nuclear deterrent is dismantled; the first of every single one of
them. With the help of a CIA agent in the Britain
embassy a smear campaign is initiated by the security services, aided and
abetted by top military officers and a media mogul who is thinly-disguised
parody of Rupert Murdoch. In the end the conspirators resort to forging
documents that apparently prove that Perkins is in the pay of the US Soviet
Union. Perkins apparently gives in and books a TV announcement to
resign as Prime Minister, but as soon as he's on the air he dumps his script
and instead speaks out about the plot against him. He calls a general election
which he is about to win decisively and the final scene of the film is of an
empty polling station and the sound of helicopters and military radio chatter.
The ending may be slightly ambiguous, but I think there’s no doubt that the
implication is that, having failed using every other method, the conspirators
decide to take over the country in a military coup. You might think such
practices are normal for a Third World dictatorship, but
a far-fetched concept for a Western democracy; however such things are not unprecedented.
There have indeed been coups d'etat in developed world powers. In 1975 Gough
Whitlam, the Prime Minister of Australia, was dismissed by the Queen and there
is good reason to think that there was an attempt to do the same to Harold
Wilson, the UK's Prime Minister around the same period, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6FR03BqIQ.
The removal of Margaret Thatcher was a type of coup, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im9c1JHtrI0.
There was also an attempted coup during the last days of the Soviet
Union in 1991, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IAy7t2ipQQ.
In his famous controversial autobiography Spycatcher,
MI5 officer Peter Wright reports attending a meeting in about 1980 in which
some mysterious individuals say they have an agenda to prevent a Labour victory
at the next election, at all costs!
(Ironically this book became a bestseller due to the Government's attempts to
ban it and it remains in print to this day; the Government should have just
kept their mouth shut, in which case it would have remained an obscure
Now a rumour has emerged that something similar might happen in
if Jeremy Corbyn wins the next general election. A week after he ascended to
Labour leadership, an unnamed serving army general told a reporter from the The Telegraph that if Jeremy Corbyn
becomes Prime Minister the armed forces would not stand for it. There would be a
direct and public challenge if Corbyn was considered to be jeopardising the
country's security. "The army wouldn't stand for it... people would use
whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that." Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/05/09/could-army-coup-remove-jeremy-corbyn-just-almost-toppled-harold/.
Interestingly the latest edition of A Very British Coup has a subtitle: "The
novel that foretold the rise of Corbyn". I know some of you might be
thinking: "Good! Corbyn is a lefty pinko and we're best rid of him!"
However, the point here is not whether you agree or not with Corbyn politically;
it's whether you support the normal mechanism of politics being switched off so
that one group of the population can have their way. I am unconditionally
opposed to that regardless of my opinions of the person being forcibly ousted.
In a way, what the remoaners are calling for is a coup d'etat. They want the EU
referendum declared void because they "don't like it!" Interestingly
the phrase "by any means, fair or foul" was uttered by a remoaner I
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/corbyn-falls-asleep-on-train.html.