Excerpt from A State of Evil – MI6 Rationalise Their Actions

‘Where are we heading for now?’ said Longford, as he got into the Service’s car that was taking them both to their official country retreat, Bleak House, for a full review meeting.
‘God knows,’ said Morison. ‘I have lost any hope of ever being able to control this. It’s probably best to just let things happen and settle where they will.’

‘We can presume today there won’t be some miraculous new idea to save us,’ said Longford.

‘There is no magic left in my bag,’ said Morison, ‘how about yours?’

‘No. Whatever action we take at correcting some error, we are always undermined by more revelations. It seems as though the gods are watching and waiting for us to make a move and then preparing something to neutralise it. We need to go to ground on this whole debacle and I shall address the meeting today accordingly. We can discuss their options, if they have any, but I am sure they’ll see the sense of what I am suggesting.’

‘What else is there?’ said Morison ‘Give me your best shot now before we arrive.’

Longford thought hard. ‘Perhaps we ought to suggest they have a plan on a reduction of the monarchy available in case things get out of hand. We can try sticking plaster, if we are ordered, but there must be a realisation the world has irrevocably changed since we murdered the Princess. We haven’t fooled the public and grossly underestimated their common sense.’

Longford’s mood worsened, as he muttered, ‘Murdering Diana was the biggest mistake the Service has made. We have alienated the people; everyone knows it was murder and that we were responsible. Whether they can prove it determines whether we are criminally tried or proscribed but our objective was to preserve the status quo and in that we failed. Its fortunate we managed to have the death penalty repealed for high treason, so our families should receive our pensions, come what may. The people have already convicted us and we have probably induced the very thing we were trying to prevent; the end of Charles Windsor.’

These words sent a chill through Morison! He knew what he was hearing was true. They were the words he had used during and prior to the attack. He was responsible and had failed. They hadn’t made the decision but they had carried it out; God help them all.

‘These events have, regrettably, been terminal for the monarchy, as we know it at least but they will want to fight on,’ said Morison ‘and I shall support you but they will ask what else can go wrong.’

‘Anything might go wrong with a decaying institution that has become an anachronism,’ said Longford, finding his despair very difficult to conceal.

‘Well,’ said Morison, his mind passing through shadows on a failing enthusiasm. ‘Perhaps one day we shall have a system that’s just and fair and there won’t be need for this intrigue. We can then get on with the job of protecting the country from its enemies and not become embroiled in internal matters involving the innocent and not have to survive as the bad guys. We are after all there to protect and serve not find the people baying at our door for following orders and defending the indefensible. This would require all those who influence decisions, purported to be in the people’s interests, but without reference to an elected body, lose their power.’

‘Very profound,’ said Longford. ‘You talk of an ideal it would be nice to achieve but will it ever happen? There must always be someone at the top of the Service who can be trusted to make the right decisions, without any bias, but this will always be down to that person’s judgment and they could be out of step with the people. Accountability means that all those in elected office are unable to stand aside from the consequences of decisions we have endorsed so the option for deniability is lost. This means the advantage of being able to strike against the politically acceptable norm, by devious means, is no longer available.

‘We need to rediscover democracy to be more of what it should be. The secrecy must go and, where matters are sensitive to national security, there must be a team of responsible people acting under strict guidelines and headed by a Minister of the crown who reports directly to the Prime Minister. The people will then hold sway over their behaviour, through elected officials, and the Service will be accountable.’

Morison replied, ‘The current system was born from world war trauma, where it was necessary to be as ruthless as the bad guys. The problem is that we haven’t changed an outmoded but still politically useful system, which is why we were able to murder the Princess. Diana was a victim of a system that should have gone out with the Ark. If we don’t strive towards an ideal, then we shall always have to tolerate the current system, because there are too many people in power who wish for it to remain. The monarchy is dependent upon it; it couldn’t survive, as it stands, without it! We must pursue the options of steering this country away from its current path.’

‘OK,’ said Longford, ‘I agree. But back to today; what shall we tell them?’

‘You ask of the risks,’ said Morison. ‘Who knows what lies around the corner tomorrow or the day after that? What if another of our operatives decided to kiss and tell? Then it would depend on who that person is as to the damage done. What if the government changes and the new Prime Minister demands the truth and is prepared for the nation, and us, to take the consequences of our previous actions? What if one of the assassins involved in the tunnel that night, or one of our own people, decides that enough is enough and comes clean; then our number is up and heaven knows what might happen!’

Suddenly, in realisation of a truth he was reluctant to hear himself speak, Morison paused. ‘God, what if – what if he writes a book!’