Modern Life: What is the Deep State?

The Oldie - - CONTENTS - David Ol­droyd-Bolt

‘It is a force con­vened to stop truly pop­u­lar politi­cians be­ing elected, they in­sist’

The Deep State is the ex­pres­sion for a shad­owy gov­ern­ment within a gov­ern­ment – a se­cret power that sur­vives even as dif­fer­ent ad­min­is­tra­tions come and go.

The con­cept has ex­isted since the Cold War, and has gained cur­rency not only here but also in Rus­sia, Greece and Tur­key.

Pres­i­dent Trump is keen on at­tack­ing el­e­ments of the Deep State who, he claims, are un­der­min­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion. In Septem­ber, he tweeted away, say­ing, ‘The Deep State and the Left, and their ve­hi­cle, the Fake News Me­dia, are go­ing Crazy – & they don’t know what to do. The Econ­omy is boom­ing like never be­fore.’

In Septem­ber, the Unite union of­fi­cial and Jeremy Cor­byn ad­viser An­drew Mur­ray at­tacked the Deep State. He said some­one ‘be­ing paid by the tax­payer’ was be­hind a Mail on Sun­day re­port about him be­ing banned from Ukraine and be­ing de­layed in get­ting a Par­lia­men­tary pass. The news­pa­per could only have got the in­for­ma­tion thanks, he said, to the ‘ma­noeu­vrings of what is now called the “Deep State” ’.

The Deep State com­prises the se­nior Civil Ser­vice, the top ranks of the For­eign Of­fice, the ed­i­tors of the broad­sheets, the gover­nor of the BBC, the heads of the armed ser­vices and the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, and the chiefs of the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices – GCHQ, MI5 and SIS.

The Deep State, it is claimed, ex­ists in or­der to main­tain its own ex­is­tence, to ward off ex­is­ten­tial threats from both

sides of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum and to en­sure the coun­try is run by the ‘right peo­ple’.

Hang on, though. Isn’t this just an­other way of de­scrib­ing the Es­tab­lish­ment? Not if you be­lieve the con­spir­acy the­o­rists. The dif­fer­ence, they say, is sin­is­ter in­tent. The Es­tab­lish­ment, they think, was a bunch of red-faced men who shared only the du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion of hav­ing been to the right sort of school and not say­ing hor­rid words such as servi­ette.

The Deep State, they in­sist, is a re­ac­tionary force con­vened to pre­vent truly pop­u­lar politi­cians such as Jeremy Cor­byn and Don­ald Trump from be­ing elected.

If those politi­cians do come to power, then the Deep State blocks them by so frus­trat­ing the work­ings of gov­ern­ment and dis­tort­ing me­dia cov­er­age that it be­comes im­pos­si­ble for their ad­min­is­tra­tions to suc­ceed.

The con­spir­acy the­o­rists at­tack the MSM (main­stream me­dia) for their bi­ased cov­er­age of Trump; and they blast the BBC for its skewed re­ports on Cor­byn.

Read­ers will re­mem­ber the ru­mours, in the 1970s, that MI5, along with se­nior army of­fi­cers, planned to de­pose Harold Wil­son and re­place him with some­one who was Not Harold Wil­son. The al­le­ga­tions were never more spe­cific (nor be­liev­able); in­deed, they were com­pre­hen­sively de­bunked by Christo­pher An­drew in his of­fi­cial his­tory of MI5, De­fence of the Realm.

Stop press! Trump has just re­tracted his at­tacks on the Deep State, say­ing he doesn’t like peo­ple who use the ex­pres­sion to de­note fed­eral bu­reau­cracy. But, then again, he would say that, wouldn’t he? The Deep State must have got to him.

‘That thin per­son in­side, scream­ing to get out, is blocked by all your fat’

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