Christopher Andrew





THE BRITISH secret intelligence service does not exist and none of its operations have ever taken place – this has been the gist of government policy over the years in regard to its covert agencies, chiefly MI5 (domestic subversion) and MI6 (overseas intelligence).

Doctor Christopher Andrew, a fellow and senior tutor in history at Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, has written a book – a big book – called Secret Service: the Making of the British Intelligence Community.

It is the first scholarly study of the subject. Previously the feeling among historians was that the topic was far too shrouded in mystery (and thus myth) to be studied. And that the popular image of the James Bond-type secret agent and/or the startling revelation school of journalism augured badly for a serious and non-sensational approach.

In his room at Corpus (with the sun shining over the quad and the distant cries of "Howzaat" being carried on a light breeze from Fenners, etc.) Doctor Andrew told me:

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