John Buchan 1: Proving his Worth to the Secret Elite.

johnbuchanThe next four blogs will concentrate on the Scottish novelist John Buchan.  Both of us knew of him in different ways. Like Jim, Buchan was an alumnus of Glasgow University. Gerry has recently direc…

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Munitions 9: Zaharoff and the Secret Elite

I’d reblog First World War Hidden History’s entire munitions series if I had time and it wouldn’t overwhelm every other subject on First Night History; I am slowly doing so with their Gallipoli posts, mind you! FWWHH sniff out the appalling goings-on of the secret élite during The Great War. The stench of hypocrisy is breathtaking. Not surprisingly, money is at its root and it’s the people who suffer, never the politicians or the corporate élite. Some things never change as anyone with half an eye on current affairs will know. So much for leadership. It stinks.

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Sir Basil Zaharoff Amongst many of the allegations against Basil Zaharoff is the claim that he was an advisor to Lloyd George and influenced British foreign policy. [1] That Zaharoff was used by the Secret Elite as an arms procurer and expert is unquestioned; that he dictated foreign policy during the war is an exaggeration too far. He was never a member of the Secret Elite but had close associations with those who were, including Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland and Leander Starr Jameson. [2] Zaharoff shared a financial stake in the Sunday Times with Steel-Maitland, a Fellow of All Souls and associate of Alfred Milner, [3] and Jameson, the man whose folly brought about the fall of Cecil Rhodes. [4] He used his money to buy favour and honours. He was the richest of salesmen and had no qualms about the source of his wealth, but the extent of his influence between 1914-18 had much less impact…

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May 1915 2: A Stepping-Stone to the End of Democracy

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The munitions scandal, the Dardanelles embarrassment, open warfare at the Admiralty, stalemate on the Western Front, criticism in the papers, riots in the streets and growing unrest in Parliament brought disruption to the heart of Herbert Asquith’s cabinet in May 1915. To make matters worse, the Prime Minister was in the midst of a personal crisis which consumed his every thought and weakened his capacity to carry through changes that the Secret Elite required.

Venetia Stanley, to whom Asquith wrote so indiscreetly Venetia Stanley, the young socialite with whom Asquith corresponded so intimately that she would be seen today as a high-level security risk, announced that she intended to marry his friend Edwin Montagu and brought an end to their strange and potentially dangerous relationship. Indeed Churchill viewed Asquith’s relationship with Venetia as ‘England’s greatest security risk.’ [1] For nearly three years an infatuated Prime Minister had written to her on a daily basis, often more than that…

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