The Ministry of Spin
When the Second World War ended in 1945, the Government’s propaganda offensive was only just beginning. But now its target was the British people.
The post-war Labour government under Prime Minister Clement Attlee and Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison used the resources of the wartime Ministry Of Information to implement propaganda campaigns costing millions – even though the MOI should have ended with the war.
Labour deceived Parliament, press and people with MOI style propaganda. They initiated clandestine PR organisations like the ‘Economics Information Unit’ and the ‘Information Research Department’, which secretly fed the media, and concluded a secret deal with Reuters News Agency to distribute government inspired ‘news’. They also ran phoney news agencies, such as Britanova in the U. S. and the Arab News Agency in Beirut, staffed by Secret Intelligence Service personnel, like Kim Philby.
THE MINISTRY OF SPIN is the first accessible book to dig down and piece together the story of how the post-war Attlee government hoodwinked Parliament, press and public by hijacking the propaganda machine created during the Second World War. In doing so they gave birth to a virtual ‘Ministry of Spin’, and the culture of spin that permeated subsequent British politics.