Forbidden to tell the British public what you're telling the German public

Discussion in 'Top Secret' started by Robert-w, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Until sometime in 1944 it was prohibited to publish the contents of leaflets the RAF were dropping over Germany. In answer to questions in the Commons The Minister for Information Bernard Bracken stated that this was because they might contain important references to military operations. Really - in leaflets the RAF are dropping to the Germans? As MPs pointed out the leaflets were being reproduced in the USA,

    Can anyone come up with a logical explanation?
     
  2. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Anything re the broader context in Hansard? Just a suggestion.
     
  3. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    Love it. How very British. Just like something from 'Yes, Minister'.
     
  4. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    No just some very modern ministerial BS and a promise to look into it
     
  5. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Can't help with your original query but thought I might point out that it's Brendan Bracken, not Bernard as per OP. Bracken was an Irishman, from Tipperary, who rose to be First Lord of the Admiralty at one point. Surprising given that his father was a Stone Mason and a member of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) forerunner of the IRA!
     
  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Yes - as I've said in other threads I'm waiting for cataract operations so sometimes mis read things like names, initials etc. and also mis type

    As someone whose maternal grandfather was an Anglo Irishman I'd point out that things were not that black and white ( or even green and orange) as far as the Anglo Irish were concerned (and Bracken was Anglo Irish) As a young man my grandad knew W B Yeates and Countess Markievicz both Nationalist supporters but was sponsored at Trinity Dublin by Edward Carson who was a family friend - leader of the Unionists. Having enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers tenth battalion, in 1916 he exchanged fire with an Irish Volunteer unit commanded by Markievicz. When he married in 1918 she sent a wedding present. He knew people on both sides and Bracken was no different.

    Bracken's career was much helped by the fact that he was one of Churchill's closest personal friends and had stuck by him during his wilderness years. Bracken has a reputation for having been a monumental fibber and not being across his brief as minister. He was very much a self publicist and showman (fortunately there were no zip wires in 1940). His father J K Bracken was actually a builder and monumental mason who as well as being a nationalist politician and advocate of Irish sports proved a very successful businessman
     
  7. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

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