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Dean Godson, Newsnight, 12 December 2007.

Dean Godson is the Research Director for the Policy Exchange a United Kingdom think-tank [1]. He attended St Paul's School and is a graduate of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.


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Background

Godson's family has a history of involvement in covert action. His father Joseph Godson was a follower of Jay Lovestone, the ex-communist trade union leader who ran an international network for the CIA's James Angleton. During his tenure as US Labour attaché in London, Godson Snr was involved in an attempt to expel Aneurin Bevan from the Labour Party . [2]

His elder brother Roy Godson is an expert on covert action and disinformation[3]who was involved in the Iran-Contra Affair.[4] As director of the International Labor Program at Georgetown University in Washington DC., Roy organized "educational visits" for British trade unionists to visit the U.S. during the Reagan administration "to broaden international education about Western democratic values."[5]

Godson's writings have often alluded to this background, for example his familiarity with figures from the right-wing of the postwar labour movement like Frank Chapple [6] and Ray Gunter[7]

Career

  • 1983-1984, Special Assistant to John Lehman, Secretary of US Navy
  • 1985-6 ?
  • 1987-1989 Research Fellow, Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies (erroneously noted as the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies by the BBC - no such organisation existed in the UK, and Godson is listed as a Research fellow in IEDSS publications in 1988)[8]
  • 1987 publishes a study on public diplomacy with the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in the US.
  • 1990-92 Librarian to Sir James Goldsmith,
  • 1997 'Currently, Mr. Godson serves as the Chief Editorial writer of the Daily Telegraph, the Associate Editor of the Spectator and Special Assistant to Conrad Black.'[9]
  • His political career includes Joint Deputy Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association.[10]
  • 2004 He is the author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Ulster Unionism.
  • After his departure from Hollinger, he has been the Research Director of the Policy Exchange, a neo-conservative think tank.

1983-84 John Lehman

During 1983-84, Godson served as Special Assistant the the US Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, who would later become a signatory of the neoconservative Project for a New American Century. [11]

1987 SDI

In 1987, Godson published SDI:Has America Told Her Story to the World, a report of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis Panel on Public Diplomacy.[12] At the time of the printing of the pamphlet in April 1987 Godson was listed as being based in Cambridge Massachusetts. Dedicating the report to his father Joe Godson 'who told the story', Godson sets out an analysis of the challenges facing the US administration to try and sell a defence technology regarded as something of a joke in Western Europe. In the conclusions there are four sections focussing on how best to tell the story inn the US, France, Germany and the UK. These conclusions provide a reasonable blueprint for the kinds of propaganda campaigns Godson would subsequently wage as both a journalist and think tank director. It is thus worth examining them at length.

How to run a propaganda campaign in Britain

In the section on A British Perspective, Godson writes[13]:

The United States is suffering from a long-term negative image in Great Britain associated with President Reagan's reputation for unpredictability... The most that can be expected from the Thatcher Government, therefore, is an attempt to take the credit for contracts that come Britain's way in economically hard times, while public opinion, in the absence of proper educational programs, will continue to drift, and possibly turn hostile - particularly if the Geneva arms talks are seen to be failing because of U.S. "obduracy" on SDI...[14]

This is exacerbated by alienation among traditional supporters:

Moreover... the United States cannot count upon the "core" constituency which carried NATO to victory during the INF dispute. The strategic community, as represented by such figures as Professors Sir Michael Howard and Lawrence Freedman, and Admiral Sir James Eberle (of Chatham House), are not uncritical of the President's vision. Likewise, the Daily Telegraph has been somewhat skeptical about the program, echoing the concerns of senior figures such as Francis Pym, Edward Heath, and the vast majority of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which, of course, broke with the Labour Party over its anti-defense posture... Thus, for the time being, SDI is supported in Britain by a small group of Conservative-connected individuals, such as Thatcher "advisor" David Hart and the outgoing M.P. for Torbay, Sir Frederic Bennett. The Times remains a major advocate of SDI, as envisaged by President Reagan, although the enthusiasm it displayed under the editorship of the late Charles Douglas-Home has slightly cooled.[15]

'Thus', argued Godson 'the United States and her "proxy forces" in the United Kingdom must address' a number of the issues, 'with speed and assiduity'. These included - according to Godson -

  • concern that what remains of British influence in the world will be further diminished.
  • The disbelief - largely in government circles-of U.S. allegations of Soviet violations of the ABM Treaty.
  • The notion that the proposed SDI system is not fool proof.
  • The desire, as constantly expressed by Neil Kinnock and Denis Healey, among others, not to seem to be "toadying" to the Americans.
  • The perception of the apocalyptic, moralizing, and futuristic nature of the President's proposal.
  • the notion that British business is going to receive mere crumbs from the SDI pie.[16]

'In terms of responding to the above-mentioned concerns of the British regarding SDI, the U.S. mission has been less visible than it might have been, wrote Godson. He even quotes Richard Perle as saying that 'Great Britain has become a prime target for Soviet propaganda and seduction'.[17] Godson's dire and preposterous diagnosis, which panders to the Western propagandists who see all opposition to US power as indications of communist influence, leads to his remedy - more propaganda.

In spite of this bleak picture, there exist several persons and groups, hitherto uncoordinated, who, if amenable, could form the spearhead of an indigenous Public Diplomacy program. With the image of the United States perhaps at its lowest point in years, SDI will not achieve the comprehension to which it is entitled if it does not gain the support of at least some of the following individuals and groups:
  • An elder statesman (perhaps Lord Home?) might be persuaded to head up a major campaign.
  • A key centrist figure, who is not opposed to SDI research, possibly in the SDP/Liberal Alliance, might be persuaded to support the program. Many of the leading Alliance figures are instinctive Atlanticists who want to be seen as people who can think up "new ideas" to escape from the dilemma of the nuclear age. SDI could be the vehicle for doing it.
  • The Labour Committee for Trans-Atlantic Understanding, the last remain¬ing group of Labour Party and trade union officials organized to support NATO on security questions.
  • The "strategic" and academic communities-such as Lord Thomas, Gerald Frost, and Lord Chalfont.
  • The scientific community involved in SDI research-such as Professor Manny Lehman of Imperial College London, who could form a "Scientists for SDI" Committee.
  • The business community-such as ThornEMI, Racal, Plessey, Marconi.[18]

Here we have a blueprint for Atlanticist destabilisation of democratic politics in the UK - one rolled out by the Atlanticists in the 1980s and very much the currency for dealing with the alleged war against 'islamofascism' in the contemporary period.

1987-89 IEDSS

Research Fellow, Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies (erroneously noted as the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies by the BBC - no such organisation existed in the UK, and Godson is listed as a Research fellow in IEDSS publications in 1988)[19]

1990-92 James Goldsmith

According to his BBC biography, Godson was librarian to Sir James Goldsmith from 1990-1992[20]

Conservative Party

In 1995 the Guardian reported on the '21st Century Tories':

From the outside it is not always easy to see the novelty in the various mutations of conservative thinking that well-up out of the party's troubles. Successive generations of young Tory thinkers appear much the same - well spoken Oxbridge graduates, astir with the decline of Britain and the conservative establishment. Is there anything really so new about Roberts, or indeed Matthew D'Ancona (Times and Fellow of All Souls), Niall Ferguson (Telegraph and Don at Jesus College, Oxford), Michael Gove (BBC and former president of the Oxford Union), Anne Applebaum (Yale and deputy editor of the Spectator), Paul Goodman (Telegraph and former chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students) and Dean Godson (Telegraph)?
Well, yes. The first obvious distinction is that its members come from widely different backgrounds and that most of them were literally children of the sixties. Gove and D'Ancona were products of standard middle-class families and although Roberts has the whiff of the grand Tory about him, he picks his friends, according to one of The Group, "to find the same mindset and congenial companions, rather than attempt to create a young England clique". Most of them have links with, or were at, Oxford - unlike their predecessors in the seventies who had strong connections with Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Quite a number are Jewish - Goodman, Godson, Applebaum and Danny Finkelstein, who was originally a member of the SDP but is now regarded by his friends as veering rapidly to the right. "One thing you can say about us," said Roberts, "is that we are extremely philo-semitic."
There are other members - banker Oliver Letwin, Steve Hilton who used to work for Saatchi & Saatchi and is now a prospective Tory candidate, Sheila Lawlor, an historian and education expert for the Centre for Policy Studies and Martin Ivens of the Times. The important thing is that most of them met after university and have come to know each other because of the congruity of their views. In this sense, The Group is a network which is spread through history departments, journalism, advertising and, in one instance, radio. As you would expect its main outlets are The Times, but more important is the Telegraph Group, which also includes the Spectator.[21]

In the 1997 election Godson stood for the Conservatives in Great Grimsby East:

Great Grimsby E 65,043 V 43,096 (66.3%) Austin Mitchell (Lab) 25,765 Dean Godson (C) 9,521 Andrew De Freitas (LD) 7,810 Lab hold Maj 16,244 Swing 11.5% from C to Lab 1992: Lab 25,895; C 18,391; LD 6,475[22]

By this stage Godson's political career included serving as Joint Deputy Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association.[23]

Hollinger

Godson, who was Conrad Black's Personal Assistant was part of the process of moving the Telegraph towards Black's right wing views. According to Tom Bower, Godson was one of a group of "chosen intellectual journalists", who welcomed Black's interference with the Telegraph's editorial policies under Max Hastings.[24]

Godson was initially a feature and profile writer for the Sunday Telegraph before becoming chief leader writer of the Daily Telegraph under the patronage of Charles Moore.[25] Here is a report from 1996:

hope that Moore, who was the prototype young fogey in his youth, would turn into a traditional fat-bottomed Conservative in his middle years was forlorn. Among his first moves was to import from the Sunday paper his two favourite leader writers, Paul Goodman and Dean Godson, whose style was vigorous, amusingly arch and very right-wing. The views of the couple (who swiftly came to be irreverently known as Pearl and Dean) opened up a gap between the new and old Telegraph camps. "I know that you think we're a bunch of homosexual fuckwits," said Moore to the paper's news editor David Sapsted, a robust hard newsman of the old school, "but we know what we're doing."
The result is a much closer reflection of the hard-right views of the Telegraph proprietor, the Canadian media magnate Conrad Black. This is what might have been expected. When Black bought the Jerusalem Post he turned its editorial policy on its head, transforming the line of the leading Israeli paper from a dove-ish to a hawkish one virtually overnight. The views in yesterday's leader - "cutting taxes, including capital taxes, and spending so that Labour would either limp behind them or be forced out into the open and declare its tax-and-spend philosophy" and abandoning the vision of Europe embodied not just in the single currency but in the whole of the Maastricht treaty - were pure Black.[26]

Departure from Hollinger

Muffled, loony-bin sounds emanate from the leader writers' enclave at The Daily Telegraph, where new editor Martin Newland is baffled by the political eggheads he inherited from Charles Moore. During a meeting last week about the Tory leadership, Newland watched in despair as trad-Tory Daniel Johnson enthused about Iain Duncan Smith while Jewish-American neo-Conservative Dean Godson thundered that IDS was useless. Eventually an exasperated Newland ordered both men to be quiet and gave the piece to rising star Philip Johnston.
It was a lively week for Godson, who is seen as Conrad Black's favourite commissar. He was sent "almost ballistic" (to quote one witness) by a Spectator article in favour of Malaysia's anti-Jewish prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.
Godson was so angry that, according to one source, he threatened to resign as an associate editor of the Spec. The piece, by Independent hack Sholto Byrnes, was duly attacked in a huge Telegraph leader the following day.
Spectator editor Boris Johnson hopes he can still calm down Godson. "I love him like a brother," says Boris. "Diplomatic relations are still open."[27]

Godson left The Telegraph after Conrad Black lost control of the paper in 2004.

Young fogey Dean Godson, one of Conrad Black's favourite leader writers at the Telegraph, has had his contract terminated shortly after Black's legal war with parent company Hollinger International began. Strangely, Godson, who is great mates with Boris Johnson and often sports an India Jones-style hat, is still turning up at the office, to the bemusement of fellow journalists. 'He was definitely booted out but he has either not noticed or he's coming in and using the reference library,' says our Telegraph mole. Whether the Barclay brothers will take pity on him and allow him to stay remains to be seen.[28]

In the acknowledgements to his June 2004 biography of David Trimble, Godson expressed his thanks to Hollinger International directors Conrad Black, Barbara Amiel and Dan Colson.[29] The three were being sued by the company at the time over the alleged diversion of £391 million between 1997 and 2003.[30]

Later that year, editor Martin Newland said:

"I soon came to recognise we were speaking a language on geopolitical events and even domestic events that was dictated too much from across the Atlantic. It's OK to be pro-Israel, but not to be unbelievably pro-Likud Israel, it's OK to be pro-American but not look as if you're taking instructions from Washington. Dean Godson and Barbara Amiel were key departures." [31]

Policy Exchange

Godson is currently a research director specialising in terrorism and security and International issues at the conservative-leaning think-tank Policy Exchange, which is chaired by his former Telegraph editor Charles Moore.[32]

In July 2006, Godson sponsored the publication of When Progressives Treat with Reactionaries by Martin Bright. The pamphlet accused the British Government of "pursuing a policy of appeasement towards radical Islam that could have grave consequences for Britain" though the Foreign Office's Engaging with the Islamic World Group and the Government's engagement with the Muslim Council of Britain.[33] It included a series of documents leaked by civil servant Derek Pasquill.[34] Policy Exchange has claimed[35] that this pamphlet influenced Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to change the Government's relations with Muslim organisations. [36]

In June 2007, Godson sponsored the publication of Learning from Experience, the text of a lecture by Peter Clarke of Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command, in memory of Colin Cramphorn, with an appendix by Sir Ronnie Flanagan. [37]

In September 2007 he oversaw the publication of Islam in Australia, Democratic bipartisanship in action, by Gerard Henderson of the Sydney Institute. [38]

In October 2007, Godson oversaw the publication of The Hijacking of British Islam: How Extremist Literature is Subverting Mosques in the UK, by Denis MacEoin.[39] According to this report, which claimed to be 'the most comprehensive academic survey of such literature ever produced in this country', Policy Exchange sent four Muslim research teams to almost 100 mosques across Britain, and found radical material at 25 per cent of the institutions surveyed.[40] The Report's recommendations included calls for the British authorities to reconsider their relationship to the Muslim Council of Britain, the Islamic Foundation and the Muslim Safety Forum. [41]

The report's findings were widely covered in the British media with articles appearing in, for example, The Daily Mail[42], the Daily Telegraph[43] and The Times.[44] According to Newsnight editor Peter Barron, the BBC had originally been due to run an exclusive report on the findings:

On the planned day of broadcast our reporter Richard Watson came to me and said he had a problem. He had put the claim and shown a receipt to one of the mosques mentioned in the report - The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in London. They had immediately denied selling the book and said the receipt was not theirs.[45]

On closer examination, the BBC identified particular concerns about five of the receipts in particular:

1. In all five cases the mosques involved said the receipts did not belong to them.
2. The expert analysis showed that all five had been printed on an inkjet printer - suggesting they were created on a PC.
3. The analysis found "strong evidence" that two of the receipts were written by the same person.
4. The analysis found that one of the receipts had been written out while resting on another receipt said to be from a mosque 40 miles away.[46]

On 12 December 2007, Newsnight ran a report on these concerns, followed by a studio discussion between Jeremy Paxman and Dean Godson, during which Godson accused Barron of disastrous editorial misjudgement" and of "appalling stewardship of Newsnight". [47]

An initial statement on 12 December, 'the executive of Policy Exchange will meet on Thursday 13th to discuss legal action against the BBC'.[48] A second response the next day stated that 'Policy Exchange is in legal consultations about action in this matter.'[49] The BBC responded: 'Policy Exchange's statement is misleading in many ways and doesn't answer the simple question raised by Newsnight's film. Given that the Policy Exchange report was based on the testimony of the researchers who gathered the receipts, do they believe all the receipts are genuine?'[50]

In the Daily Telegraph on 15 December, Policy Exchange Chairman Charles Moore accused Peter Barron of questioning the reciepts in order to justifiy his original decision not to run the report.

Given that the report was being published that night, the obvious thing for Newsnight to do was to broadcast Policy Exchange's findings at once, allowing the mosques to have their say about the receipts.
There was no need for Newsnight to claim "ownership" of the report. Instead, the editor, Peter Barron, decided to run nothing. His decision meant the Policy Exchange report was not touched by the BBC at all.[51]

On 17 December, The Times issued an apology to Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari of the East London Mosque in connection with its coverage of the report.[52]

In February 2008, Private Eye reported that 'furious Conservatives say they've no option but to sue or take a dossier on Peter Barron, Newsnight's editor, to the BBC's senior management.'[53] In a letter in the following issue, Barron responded 'Policy Exchange promised to investigate these discrepancies, but two months later they have still not said if they believe these receipts are genuine.'[54]

Views

On British Islam

In an April 2006 Times article Godson called for a new war of ideas against radical Islam, citing past British and American covert operations as precedents.

During the Cold War, organisations such as the Information Research Department of the Foreign Office would assert the superiority of the West over its totalitarian rivals. And magazines such as Encounter did hand-to-hand combat with Soviet fellow travellers. For any kind of truly moderate Islam to flourish, we need first to recapture our own self-confidence. At the moment, the extremists largely have the field to themselves.[55]

Godson's approach to fighting radical Islam has significant parallels with a US Department of Defense proposal from 2002.

The Defense Department is considering issuing a secret directive to the American military to conduct covert operations aimed at influencing public opinion and policy makers in friendly and neutral countries, senior Pentagon and administration officials say...
...Such a program, for example, could include efforts to discredit and undermine the influence of mosques and religious schools that have become breeding grounds for Islamic militancy and anti-Americanism across the Middle East, Asia and Europe.[56]

Godson's campaign against any engagement with Islamist political movements had already led him led to focus on a broad range of institutions.

In August 2005, he criticised the Home Office report Preventing Extremism Together:

One panellist, Tariq Ramadan, is a case in point. This grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood once had his visa revoked in America and was once kept out of France — but is most welcome here. Based at Oxford, he has become the pin-up boy for elements of the Met’s Specialist Operations department. He opposes violence yet he intervened on the task force to ensure that Salafist ideology was not condemned. [57]

In November 2005, Godson accused Shadow Home Secretary David Davis of entering 'into a kind of Molotov-Ribbentrop pact with the do-gooding classes and Campaign Group crusties to dilute key elements of the Government’s response to the 7/7 suicide attacks.' [58]

In February 2006, he accused part of the Metropolitan Police of "a kind of ideological “Stockholm syndrome.”

Members of the Met’s Muslim Contact Unit, one of the weirder parts of the force, extol the work of the Muslim Association of Britain and George Galloway in the East End — and have been known to rebuke a young woman of Muslim origin who dared to question the British State’s chosen Islamist partners. [59]

He turned to the police once more in April 2006:

The Association of Chief Police Officers also frets about a ban, fearing it will drive HuT underground. Acpo argues that it will be hard to justify proscription when the group claims to be non-violent political organisation. This is to misunderstand HuT. Its role has never been to perpetrate violence here. That would not be in its interest, since London is its nerve centre. [60]

In February 2007, Godson accused Dominic Grieve and Sayeeda Warsi of being part of an 'MCB-friendly faction' in the Conservative Party.[61]

After Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Godson noted that 'battle is being waged behind the scenes' over 'the Government’s approach towards radical Islamism.'

Who should be the Government’s chosen Muslim partners in the struggle against radicalisation? Mr Brown is already facing a big push from an Islamist-friendly faction in the Cabinet, led by Jack Straw and John Denham, to bring the once pre-eminent Muslim Council of Britain back in from the cold. [62]

In August 2007, Godson asked:

How did the Crown Prosecution Service and West Midlands Police come to refer Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque, to Ofcom? It is one of the most bizarre decisions taken by public authorities in recent times. Having decided that they could not or would not prosecute the purveyors of Wahhabite hate speech portrayed in the film – mostly from the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham – they instead turned round on the documentary-makers and investigated them for allegedly stirring up racial hatred.[63]

In February 2008, Godson defended the bugging of MP Sadiq Khan:

As a former chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain’s legal committee, Mr Khan remains the most Islamist-friendly of MPs. Compared with other Labour Muslim MPs – such as Khalid Mahmood – he has too often catered to the “victim mentality” in the community.
But Mr Khan is also highly ambitious. Is this really the cause for which he wants to be remembered? And will he continue to dance like a cat on a hot tin roof when the Government pushes for a further extension in police powers under the new counter-terrorism Bill? [64]

Later that month, he backed a RUSI report stating Britain's security was at risk because of a “loss of confidence in our own identity, values, constitution and institutions”.

Dean Godson, a security expert at the think tank the Policy Exchange, said of the report: “It doesn’t deal with specific legislation or whether we need 25 extra battalions or whatever. It deals with vital but unobvious elements. It’s very impressive on how soft power – such as education – can impact on hard power.” [65]

On the Middle East

In October 2004, Godson wrote a study of the 'Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Arab-Israeli conflict' for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs which argued that the British "believe that the IRA, like the Palestinians, has a great number of very good excuses to go back "to war." That process, of depriving the insurgents of "excuses," inevitably comes at the expense of Unionists and the Israelis."[66]

In March 2005, Godson suggested Hezbollah was losing support in Lebanon because of ties to the Syrian Government:

some of the top ranks of Hezbollah aren’t quite so authentic and indigenous as many think. It has not been lost on many Lebanese that Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, only called for the demonstrations after Bashar Assad, the Syrian President, made his keynote address on Saturday which contained ominous codewords that portend a return to civil strife.[67]

In September 2005, Godson considered the possibility of regime change in Syria:

the Administration seems likely to pursue a middle way between neo-conservative interventionism and the “realism” of career Arabists at the State Department. It also now feels it needs to know more about alternatives to the Baath regime: that is why Michael Doran, senior director on the National Security Council staff for the Near East, recently met Farid Ghadry, a foremost dissident and leader of the Reform Party of Syria. [68]

In December 2005, Godson accused the US ambassador to London of incoherence over US Policy towards Syria:

Then there are the career State Department “professionals” under Mr Tuttle. The trouble with too many of them is that they do not conceive their role as aggressively promoting the policy of any administration. Privately, precious few of this disproportionately liberal cadre have much good to say about the Bush agenda.
Certainly, there are many who do sterling work in the embassy’s specialist services, such as Customs. But when it comes to political warfare, American diplomats couldn’t organise panic on a doomed submarine...
...Unintentionally, Mr Tuttle has shed renewed light upon the enduring, unresolved contradictions in US grand strategy towards the region: whom has America really been at war with since 9/11?
Much of the career bureaucracy at the State Department and the CIA held that al-Qaeda was an autonomous entity, largely independent from control of any state. [69]

Godson has praised the scholarship of Bernard Lewis:

How democracy is implemented is critical to him: unlike much of the Administration, he believes that free elections should be the culmination of the reform process, rather than the starting point (as shown by the ballots in Egypt and Palestine that have strengthened anti-democratic Islamists). Democracy, he contends, needs to be introduced “like an antibiotic — drip-drip, or else it kills the patient”. [70]

He has criticised Alistair Crooke's call for negotiations with Hamas:

Crooke and Oatley are the products of late-imperial British defeatism: an era when the main issue was the terms on which to exit the colonies. That is why the self-confident liberal interventionism of the American neoconservatives poses such a stark challenge. But America, whose decline is far from assured, should tread carefully before embracing the mindset of a country at a different phase in its existence.[71]

Following Israel's failed campaign in Lebanon in 2006, Godson predicted that Israelis might turn to former chief of staff Moshe Yaalon for political leadership.

General Yaalon, a Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has so far been almost as cryptic about his intentions as General Eisenhower was before being drafted to run for the US presidency in 1952. If he wins power, it will be by constitutional means rather than by a military coup — unlike almost everywhere else in the Middle East. But in the current climate in Europe, don’t expect anyone to give the Israeli political system much credit for that.[72].

On Iraq

Godson has defended the record of Ahmad Chalabi in Iraq:

He seemed to have fallen spectacularly from grace last May, when his offices were raided by American security forces after allegations that he had informed the Iranians that the US had broken some of their secret codes.
This reflected a longrunning grudge held against him by the British and American foreign policy establishments, who are inveterate foes of the neoconservatives’ Wilsonian vision for the region.[73]

In May 2005, he questioned Paul Bremer's decision to reverse the policy of 'de-ba'athification' in the armed forces.

Much of the debate in Washington has been fought out between neoconservative proponents of democracy, concentrated at the Pentagon and the office of the vice-president and "realists" at the state department and the CIA. [74]

Godson has defended the role of the neoconservative 'Pentagon civilians' in planning the Iraq War:

What about the postwar period? General Jack Keane, the Army Vice-Chief of Staff during this critical period, told me that it was just as much the military’s responsibility to anticipate the insurgency, if not more so. “We had no plans for that”, he said. “It was our fault, not Donald Rumsfeld’s.” [75]

He has also contested the view that the war was a failure:

Many years hence, will Iraq come to be viewed in the same light? From 2005, the jihadi world was riven by a dispute between al-Qaeda’s Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his mentor, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. Al-Maqdisi stated that al-Zarqawi’s priorities were askew. Iraq was the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time. It was rapidly becoming a “crematory” for the flower of Islamist youth. No energies were left for wider Islamist revolution elsewhere in the region.[76]

On Iran

In May 2005, Godson suggested that 'the option of making massive political mischief for the regime has never been fully developed', putting forward former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Sazgara as a key opposition figure.

It was a significant straw in the wind that the US State Department recently gave Sazgara a visa to take up a fellowship at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.[77]

During the 2005 Iranian presidential election, Godson attacked suggestions Hashemi Rafsanjani was a moderate within the Iranian establishment.

Lt-Col Oliver North et al tried to exploit those alleged fissures in what emerged as the Iran-Contra scandal of 1986 — and was rightly derided for entering the snake pit with insufficient knowledge.[78]

This analogy is particularly interesting, given the role of his elder brother, Roy Godson, in the Iran-Contra affair.

Godson criticised St Andrews University for awarding an honorary degree to former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami.[79]

On Ireland

Godson's friend David Frum has written that for many years "Dean kept pointing out that the Israeli, Colombian, and Irish processes all shared a dangerous defect: They were attempts to make peace with terrorist adversaries who were not sincerely committed to peace." [80]

The Irish face of Godson's Tory clique is a ginger group called the Friends of the Union.[81] In 1995, this group that played a role in the leaking of the framework document on the future of Northern Ireland, an act which was intended to damage the Conservative government:

The conspirators wore surgical gloves. The document they were handling was so politically explosive they dared not leave a single smudged fingerprint or speck of grease to show it had been touched. And, last Monday, as he studied the leaked framework of the London-Dublin proposals for the future of Northern Ireland, Matthew D'Ancona, a 26-year-old assistant editor at The Times, was not even allowed to photocopy it. The paper was believed to be in ink containing a secret masking agent preventing duplication and was imprinted with an identifying code. That code would have shown which of the 25 copies circulating at the highest Government levels had been leaked.
But as the original slim folder of papers was returned pristine and swiftly to the Government office it came from, it now seems highly unlikely that the senior politician or civil servant who connived at the leak will ever be identified. Last night it was becoming clear that a caucus of fervent Loyalists under the umbrella of a Unionist study group is closely associated with the leaker. It is made up of PR man David Burnside, D'Ancona himself; Dean Godson, a Daily Telegraph staff reporter; Paul Goodman, Northern Ireland correspondent on the Sunday Telegraph; Noel Malcolm, a historian and Daily Telegraph political columnist; Andrew McHallam, executive director of the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies; Charles Moore, editor of the Sunday Telegraph; Simon Pearce, a Conservative election candidate; company director Justin Shaw and historian Andrew Roberts. One of the group said last night: 'We didn't want the position when the framework document was published of being out in the cold as we were over the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985. There was a coming together of minds over what should be done.'[82]

Other sources note his devotion to the unionism over his Tory colleagues:

Even stranger goings-on in the Daily Telegraph conference room this week. Dean Godson, one of the paper's star leader writers, was bemoaning the fact that Michael Portillo was reluctant to back its "Save the RUC" campaign. "I don't understand it," said Godson, David Trimble's biographer. "He's afraid to put his name to our campaign but not ashamed to admit he's had homosexual experiences (except that Godson used a more descriptive phrase). Is he mad or am I?" [83]

In his 2004 biography of David Trimble, Himself Alone, Godson noted that the former Ulster Unionist leader was "influenced in his opinion of the Cold War by the London-based monthly journal of culture and politics, Encounter, in which contributors often urged a tough line on the Soviets." [84]

Melanie Phillips, the columnist, was the star turn at the launch of Dean Godson's biography of David Trimble last week. In a speech she suggested the British government had hung the leader of the Ulster Unionists out to dry, a betrayal he should have expected given its failure to defeat the IRA.
The launch drew an eclectic crowd and I was able to compare notes with Bill Lowry, former head of Special Branch in Belfast, and Anthony McIntyre, a former IRA H-Block prisoner turned academic. In fact, the general consensus was that the British government had imposed something close to a military defeat on the IRA.[85]

In August 2005,Godson claimed that republicans were 'already privately telling their supporters that they should join the police to subvert it.'[86]

In a 2006 Times article, Godson claimed that he had been told by Fr Denis Faul that Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness was an MI6 agent. [87] Since the article was an obituary for Fr Faul, the conversation is presumably unverifiable. The article came shortly after a similar allegation by the former FRU agent known as Martin Ingram, based on an unpublished document, which several journalists concluded was of doubtful authenticity. [88][89]

In July 2006, Godson criticised community restorative justice schemes as a recipe for parallel policing by the IRA.[90]

In November 2006, he highlighted opposition to a power-sharing deal in the Free Presbyterian Church:

A senior minister, the Rev Ivan Foster, has led a chorus who abhor the moral compromises inherent in sharing office with Sinn Fein/IRA.[91]

In March 2007, Godson criticised Ian Paisley for his willingness to do a deal with Sinn Fein.

For years, officials have smirkingly counted upon the defeatism, vanity and venality of much of the Unionist political class to push through a project of creeping condominium with the Republic. But who would have thought that Ian Paisley, the ultimate “honest bigot”, would turn out to be their last card?[92]

In June 2007, Godson backed calls for the Labour Party to organise in Northern Ireland.[93]

Godson declared his admiration for Conor Cruise O'Brien on the occasion of the latter's 90th birthday:

O'Brien became a hate figure among republicans and civil libertarians for his modernisation of Section 31 of the old Broadcasting Act giving the Government the right to ban paramilitaries from the airwaves; it was precisely at times of heightened tribal consciousness, he argued, that restrictions on speech were necessary.[94]

In the same month, Godson claimed that "we didn't win in Northern Ireland because we didn't want to win--not least because we didn't know our own history."[95]. This claim came in a Prospect article that brought a critical response from Professor Sean Swan of Gonzaga University.[96]

In January 2008, Godson criticised the British Government's proposals for dealing with the legacy of the conflict:

The Consultative Group on the Past - set up by the Government last year to determine how best to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland's Troubles - seems to be turning into a veritable Frankenstein's Monster. Far from laying the past to rest, its cack-handed and morally flawed approach risks envenoming Ulster's political process all over again. [97]

Following Ian Paisley's decision to step down as Northern Ireland First Minister, Godson wrote that 'the newer cadres in the DUP may calculate that an enfeebled Mr Paisley was all that stood between them and “50 years of cross-community misrule”. They may turn out to be just as disappointed.'[98]

On Freedom of Information

Godson supported Conservative MP David Maclean's bill to exempt MPs from the Freedom of Information Act:

Neither side in this debate has yet secured a knockout blow. But there is far more to this than the simplistic notion that MPs are featherbedding their nests. More “open” government is not necessarily better government.[99]

On Migration

Godson has praised Sir Andrew Green and MigrationWatch as an example of a successful thinktank:

Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, one of the most successful think-tanks of all time, laboured in the vineyards for nearly 30 years before their faith in the free market became accepted. Yet MigrationWatch has managed to “mainstream” the case for a much tougher immigration policy in less than five...
...Sir Andrew’s current career shows that if the people are to have their way, the struggle must first be prosecuted via “insiderist” strategies within the elites. Not for him the trahison des clercs.[100]

On the Routemaster

In October 2005, Policy Exchange published Replacing the Routemaster, a pamphlet attacking London Mayor's Ken Livingstone decision to replace London's traditional Routemaster buses with the modern 'bendy bus' design. Edited by Godson, the pamphlet also included contributions from Simon Jenkins,Andrew Gilligan, Andrew Morgan, Dominic Walley, Zac Goldsmith, Colin Cramphorn, Kate Bernard and Kate Hoey.[101]

Boris Johnson subsequently made the return of the Routemaster a key plank of his Conservative campaign for the 2008 London Mayoral election.[102]

Connections

He attended the memorial for Lord Stewart of Fulham in 1990.[103] Godson was best man when James Barnard married into the Guiness family in 1995:

GUINNESS and Guinnesses alike were in abundance at London's Claridges Hotel last Monday evening, brought together for a rare family celebration. For once, it wasn't a board meeting but a wedding that saw so many members of the extensive clan converge on the one place, as Lady Emma Guinness married barrister James Barnard. The couple first met early in 1993, brought together by a mutual love of music; Lady Emma plays the piano and is currently taking singing lessons. Eldest child of the late Earl of Iveagh, who died three and a half years ago, the bride wore a dark green velvet suit from Belville Sassoon for the earlier part of the day, which was marked by three separate ceremonies. After going first to the Kensington/Chelsea registry office, the party moved on to Rut land Gate's Kent House synagogue (the groom is Jewish) before an afternoon blessing at St George's, Hanover Square. [104]

Godson attended the memorial service for Lord Houghton of Sowerby in July 1996 along with other neocons/atlanticists such as Alan Lee Williams.[105]

He attended a memorial service for Bill Deedes in November 2007.[106]

Godson's acknowledgements in his biography of David Trimble highlight a wide range of contacts, particularly with Northern Ireland unionists and with American neoconservatives but also more widely. Figures cited include:

David Trimble, David Jones, Andrew Castles, Robert McCartney and David Brewster, Andrew Hunter, Jack Allen, Alan McFarland, David Montgomery, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Stephen Collins, Mgr Denis Faul, Michael McDowell, Richard McAuley, Denis Donaldson, David Hoey, Dr Anthony McIntyre, Ed Moloney, Sydney Elliott,Nicholas Whyte, Dr Alvin Jackson, Chris Leibundguth, Chris McGimpsey, Chris Hudson, David Burnside, Anthony Alcock, Ciara Dwyer, Eoghan Harris, Anne Harris, William Ross, Dr Mary Bew, Jonathan Foreman, David Frum, Danielle Frum, Richard Perle, Leslie Perle, Lousie Aspinall, Michael Barone, Robin Birley, Charlotte Blacker, Ahmad Chalabi, Harriet Cohen, Barbara Comeau, Anthea Craigmyle, Devon Cross, Annie Eyre, John Frieda, Paul Genney, Roy Godson, Paul Goodman, Miriam Gross, Robert Hardman, John Hayes, John Lehman, Kate Leigh-Pemberton, David Bar-Illan, Alan Clarke, Arthur Aughey, Paul Bew, Michael Gove, Jonathan Isaby, Dennis Kennedy, Frank Millar, Henry Patterson, Andrew Roberts, Justin Shaw, Sion Simon, A.T.Q. Stewart, Blair Wallace, C.D.C. Armstrong, Patrick Maume, Dr Greta Jones, John Creaney, Evelyn Creaney.

Downing Street officials: Sir Rod Lyne, George Bridges, Sir John Holmes, John Sawers, Jonathan Powell, Alistair Campbell Alison Blackshaw, Tom Kelly and Pat McFadden.

Northern Ireland civil servants: Peter Bell, Sir John Chilcott, Sir Brian Cubbon, William Fittall, Dennis Godfrey, Robert Hannigan, Bill Jeffrey, Sir Jerry Loughran, Chris Mccabe, Jonathan Phillips, Sir Joe Pilling, John Steele, Sir Quentin Thomas, and Alan Whysall.

Foreign Office officials: Anthony Cary, George Fergusson, Paul Johnston, and Sir Ivor Roberts.

In the Republic: Senator Martin Mansergh, Evelyn Eager, Joe Lennon, Paddy Teahon, Dermot Gallagher, Ted Barrington, Tim Dalton, Fergus Finlay, P.J. Mara.

In the US: Blair Hall, Sara Rosenberry, Larry Butler, Dick Norland, Jim Steinberg, and Meghan O'Sullivan.

David Trimble's staff: David Campbell, Graham Gudgin, David Kerr, Steven King, David McNarry, Mark Neale, Barry White and Rodney McCune.

At the Telegraph Group: Stuart Whitelaw, Ian Forsyth, Roger French, Roland Halliwell, Janis Hegarty, Jim Robinson, Roger Trippas, Simon Scot Plummer, Toby Harnden, David Sharrock, Bob Bodman, Alexandra Erskine, Matthew D'Ancona, Neil Darbyshire, Sue Ryan, Sarah Sands and Alice Thomson, Charles Moore, Martin Newland, Conrad Black, Barbara Amiel, Dan Colson, Boris Johnson.

Affiliations

Publications, further reading, notes

Publications

  • Dean Godson, SDI: Has America Told Her Story to the World?, Pergamon-Brassey's International Defense Publishers (for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis), 1987. 73 pp. (Special Report.)[107]
  • British Attitudes Towards the United States, in Martin Holmes (ed) British Security Policy and the Atlantic Alliance: Prospects for the 1990s, Published 1987 Pergamon-Brassey's International Defense Publishers ISBN 0080359663 A publication of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.[108]
  • Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, HarperCollins, 2004.

Further reading

Notes

  1. Dean Godson, You'll never guess who's to blame for 7/7, The Times, 13-December-2005, Accessed 24-April-2009
  2. The CIA, The British Left and the Cold War: Calling The Tune? by Hugh Wilford, Frank Cass, 2003, pp176-181
  3. Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: US Covert Action and Counterintelligence, by Roy Godson, Transaction Books, 2001
  4. Walsh Contra/Iran Report Chapter 13: Private Fundraising: The Guilty Pleas of Channell and Miller, Federation of American Scientists, accessed 29 February 2008
  5. Thomas Kenny, A Review of Himself Alone: David Trimble by Dean Godson. Harper Collins, ISBN 0-00-257098-X, Irish Democrat, 10 March 2005.
  6. Struggle for the soul of British Islam hots up, Dean Godson, The Times, 15 February 2007.
  7. Being Frank, by Dean Godson, Prospect magazine, February 2007
  8. MPs and Defence: A Survey of Parliamentary Knowledge and Opinion, By Philip Towle, available on Google Books
  9. References needed
  10. Dean Godson: BBC 1997 Election Candidates Profile, BBC, Undated (Accessed: 13 December 2007).
  11. BBC News Online Dean Godson, accessed 1 March 2007.
  12. SDI: Has America Sold Her Story to the World, Report of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Panel on Public Diplomacy, by Dean Godson, Pergamon-Brassey's International Defense Publishers, 1987.
  13. Dean Godson, A British Perspective from SDI: Has America Told Her Story to the World?, Pergamon-Brassey's International Defense Publishers (for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis), 1987. 73 pp. (Special Report.)
  14. Ibid.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Ibid.
  18. Ibid.
  19. MPs and Defence: A Survey of Parliamentary Knowledge and Opinion, By Philip Towle, available on Google Books
  20. Op. cit.
  21. The Guardian (London)February 22, 1995, CHURCHILL'S CHILDREN; Out with Major, Europe, the Welfare State and political correctness - waiting in the wings are the 21st-century Tories whose gameplan for the future has little truck with the present. Henry Porter talks to The Group, Henry Porter, SECTION: THE GUARDIAN FEATURES PAGE; Pg. T2
  22. The Guardian (London), May 3, 1997, ELECTION SPECIAL: HOW THE COUNTRY VOTED, SECTION: THE GUARDIAN HOME PAGE; Pg. 5
  23. Dean Godson: BBC 1997 Election Candidates Profile, BBC, Undated (Accessed: 13 December 2007).
  24. Tom Bower, Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge, HarperCollinsPublishers, 2006, p.138.
  25. Capel & Land UK Literary and Talent Agency, London - Dean Godson, accessed 1 March 2007
  26. PAUL VALLELY 'With friends like this ...; The Daily Telegraph has turned on John Major. Paul Vallely charts his souring relationship with the Tory press barons, The Independent (London) April 19, 1996, Friday, Page 17
  27. In the Air, The Evening Standard, 29 October 2003.
  28. Crossed Lines at the Telegraph - Media Diary, The Observer, 27 June 2004.
  29. Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, by Dean Godson, Harper Perennial, 2005, p.xx
  30. Black and wife named in $1.25bn lawsuit, by Stephanie Kirchgaessner FT.com, May 10, 2004.
  31. Newland unleashed, by Maggie Brown, The Guardian, 15 November 2004.
  32. Expert Profile - Dean Godson, Research Director, Policy Exchange, accessed 1 March 2008
  33. When Progressives Treat with Reactionaries, by Martin Bright, Policy Exchange, 1 July 2006. ni
  34. 'Brave' official praised for leak, BBC News, 9 January 2008.
  35. Terrorism and Security, accessed 6 March 2008.
  36. Britain: our values, our responsibilities, Ruth Kelly, Communities and Local Government, 11 October 2006.
  37. Learning from Experience, Policy Exchange, 1 June 2007.
  38. Islam in Australia, Democratic bipartisanship in action, by Gerard Henderson, Policy Exchange, 4 September 2007]].
  39. The Hijacking of British Islam: How Extremist Literature is Subverting Mosques in the UK, by Denis MacEoin, [[Policy Exchange], 29 October 2007.
  40. MacEoin Op. cit. p5.
  41. MacEoin, Op. Cit. p7.
  42. Excerpts from articles featuring Policy Exchange - October 30 2007: Daily Mail: Agenda of hate in British mosques is linked to Saudis, Policy Exchange, accessed 9 March 2008
  43. 'Hate literature easily found at UK mosques', by Toby Helm, Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2007.
  44. Lessons in hate found at leading mosques, by Sean O'Neill, The Times, 30 October 2007.
  45. 'Disastrous misjudgement?', by Peter Barron, BBC News - The Editors, 13 December 2007.
  46. [[Peter Barron, Op. cit.
  47. BBC News - Talk About Newsnight - Newsnight Response to Policy Exchange Statement, 14 December 2007, accessed 9 March 2008.
  48. Policy Exchange and BBC Newsnight, Policy Exchange, 12 December 2007, accessed 9 March 2008.
  49. Policy Exchange and Newsnight (2),Policy Exchange, 13 December 2007, accessed 9 March 2008.
  50. BBC News - Talk About Newsnight - Newsnight Response to Policy Exchange Statement, 14 December 2007, accessed 9 March 2008.
  51. Newsnight told a small story over a big one, by Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2007
  52. Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, The Times, 17 December 2007.
  53. Media News: Newsnight and the Mosques, by 'Ratbiter', Private Eye No. 1203, 8 February-21 February 2008, p.8.
  54. Receipt deceit? by Peter Barron, Private Eye No.1204, 22 February-6 March 2008, p.15
  55. The feeble helping the unspeakable, by Dean Godson, The Times, 5 April 2006
  56. Pentagon May Push Propaganda in Allied Nations, by Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt, {{New York Times]], 16 December 2002.
  57. You'll never guess who's to blame for 7/7, by Dean Godson, The Times, 13 December 2005.
  58. The Tories' strange new bedfellows, by Dean Godson, The Times, 3 November 2005.
  59. Already hooked on poison, by Dean Godson, The Times, 8 February 2006.
  60. The feeble helping the unspeakable, by Dean Godson, The Times, 5 April 2006.
  61. Struggle for the soul of British Islam hots up, by Dean Godson, The Times, 15 February 2007.
  62. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article2100338.ece Do we have to treat Muslims as Muslims?, by Dean Godson, The Times, 19 July 2007
  63. The Old Bill should choose its friends carefully, by Dean Godson, The Times, 23 August 2007.
  64. Don't be so eager to bash the Met, by Dean Godson, The Times, 4 February 2008.
  65. Has Britain become soft on terror?, Richard Woods and David Leppard, Sunday Times 17 February 2008.
  66. LESSONS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND FOR THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT, by Dean Godson, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 2004.
  67. Smarter than being a martyr, by Dean Godson, 11 March 2005.
  68. Regime change slowly advances along the road to Damascus, by Dean Godson, The Times, 10 September 2005
  69. What kind of foreign policy is this?, by Dean Godson, The Times, 30 December 2005.
  70. A pillar of wisdom in the great Islamic debate, by Dean Godson, The Times, 2 May 2006.
  71. Gone Native, by Dean Godson, Policy Exchange, originally published in Prospect Magazine, July 2006.
  72. Now recriminations begin in Israel, by Dean Godson, The Times, 17 August 2006
  73. [Our white elephant in Iraq], by Dean Godson, The Times, 10 February 2005
  74. To catch a thief, by Dean Godson, Prospect, May 2005.
  75. Why America's generals are out for revenge,by Dean Godson, The Times, 18 April 2006.
  76. A new year's resolution for the chattering classes, by Dean Godson, The Times, 27 December 2006.
  77. [Tehran ripe for a spot of mischief-making], by Dean Godson, The Times, 6 May 2005.
  78. Not bad for a terrorist godfather, by Dean Godson, The Times, 24 June 2005
  79. The dishonouring of St Andrews, by Dean Godson, The Times, 25 October 2006.
  80. Irish lesson, David Frum's diary, National Review, 21 June 2004
  81. Churchill's Children, by Henry Porter, The Guardian, 22 February 1995.
  82. Mail on Sunday (London)February 5, 1995, Top-level conspirator who'll never be found HISTORIAN: Roberts DIRECTOR: McHallam CONSERVATIVE: Pearce; HOW ULSTER LEAK PLOTTERS BEAT SECURITY TO PROTECT SECRET SOURCE OF LEAK, BYLINE: Adrian Lithgow, SECTION: Pg. 6
  83. The Times (London) October 22, 1999, Friday 'Daily Telegraph'
  84. Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, Dean Godson, Harper Perennial, 2005, p18.
  85. DUP Needs to keep the ball firmly in Sinn Fein's court, by Liam Clarke, Sunday Times, 27 June 2004.
  86. Kafkaesque world of Ulster peace, by Dean Godson, The Times, 23 August 2005.
  87. Sharp lessons from a turbulent priest, The Times, June 23, 2006
  88. Security experts discredit claim that McGuinness was M16 spy, Sunday Times, June 4, 2006.
  89. Senior SF member is 'British spy', Sunday Tribune, May 28, 2006.
  90. Whitehall letting foxes into the chicken coop, by Dean Godson, The Times, 18 July 2006.
  91. There's no fool like an old fool, by Dean Godson, The Times, 24 November 2006.
  92. So, Dr No, what exactly were the last 40 years all about?, by Dean Godson, The Times, 13 March 2007
  93. At last, Ulster voters can have a say on their rulers, by Dean Godson, The Times, 7 June 2007.
  94. It's men like the Cruiser who keep us safe, by Dean Godson, The Times, 3 November 2007.
  95. The real lessons of Ulster, by Dean Godson, Prospect Magazine, November 2007.
  96. Why Internment Failed, by Sean Swan, Prospect Magazine, January 2008.
  97. A past full of monsters, by Dean Godson, The Times, 10 January 2008.
  98. Paisley limps feebly away, by Dean Godson, The Times, 6 March 2008.
  99. When the media unite, watch your back, by Dean Godson, The Times, 21 May 2007
  100. How the immigration barrier rose, by Dean Godson, The Times, 10 June 2006
  101. Replacing the Routemaster, edited by Dean Godson, Policy Exchange, October 2005.
  102. Scrap the bendy bus and bring back Routemasters, says Boris, by Paul Waugh, Evening Standard, 12 September 2007.
  103. The Independent (London), May 18, 1990, Friday, Memorial services: Lord Stewart of Fulham, SECTION: GAZETTE PAGE; Page 15
  104. The Irish Times December 9, 1995, CITY EDITION '650 pints of plain, please' ROBERT O'BYRNE, WEEKEND; ON THE TOWN; Pg. Supplement Page 2
  105. The Times, July 18, 1996, Thursday, Lord Houghton of Sowerby, CH
  106. Service of thanksgiving for Lord Deedes, Times Online, 27 November 2007.
  107. Foreign Affairs 1988, Spring, Edited by Janis A. Kreslins, Pg. 895
  108. British Security Policy and the Atlantic Alliance: Prospects for the 1990s, Google Books
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