It is strange that this story here should come up. I have heard about the case and the role of the security services in the Thomlinson union scandel. I was discussing with a friend a couple of days ago, how I assumed that all the extreme right parties: National Front, BNP etc, were actually staffed by MI5 and MI6 agents at the groups' highest level. I guess if you walked into the room with Nick Griffin and co in the late 70s and 80s, and you did not work for the secret services, then as per Warren Buffet quote: you knew you were the patsy! I think, in contrast, left wing groups and animal rights groups, etc were/are crippled by 'division sowing', Monty Python, 'splitter teams' at the mid and low levels. As for the media here, 50% on a cash in hand basis. At the Guardian, BBC and ITV salaries on the HM Gov books. Nevertheless, what really surprised me was not Richard not-so-white-now, but the bit about Jill Dando in the comments under the article. I really never knew!
* As soon as I typed 'MI5' this programme started to slow down a great deal, and I have had several problems with the function keys. I am going to stop now there as there appears to be someone kocking at the d….