Now that I’ve got your attention I have to confess that word should have been INFILTRATION.
I’m not very experienced at a Fiction writing, hardly any at all compared to some others in much higher office and their Expenses Claims. The utter drivel I am about to reveal to the world might be fact, it might be fiction or maybe just a plausible theory. I’ll leave you, my reader, to decide which it is.
I retired from the Met in 2002 so, quite rightly, I’m completely out of touch with the current goings-on and shenanigans, but before I left there was at least one successful infiltration (I say successful because it was more than a mere attempt) by a criminal enterprise. A member of said enterprise, who had no convictions, had applied, been accepted, undergone training, and been posted to a Police Station in uniform. That person was nothing less than a ‘Sleeper’ waiting to be activated and presumably pass on information to his/her associates outside of the Force.
That is shocking.
Fortunately, it was rumbled before any damage was done but I HOPE that it served as a Wake-Up call to the organisation and alerted them to what is possible.
Then a chance Tweet got me thinking.
My old mate Obbsie may have been joking when he tweeted but what if he is right? What if…… What if our government has been infiltrated? Depletion of our Armed Forces, that’s certainly happening. Would it benefit a foreign power? Putin and ISIS are the two that come easiest to mind, but yes it would/could.
Depletion of the Police Service – that’s most definitely happening. Would that benefit a malevolent foreign power? In certain aspects yes. Our ability to contain Civil Disorder is almost certainly already impaired. If Police numbers are reduced too far it cannot help but impact upon the Police’s Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism responsibilities.
The Fire and Rescue Service has been watered down by this coalition? Is this a benefit to a foreign power? In the modern era I’m not actually certain, but their attendance at a major Terrorist Incident would most certainly impact upon others elsewhere with appliances and crews being out of place with less cover available.
The National Health Service has suffered really badly at the hands of this government, even though the Tories lie through their teeth and try to deny it. Would this be a benefit to a foreign power? Quite possibly in at least two ways. Firstly our response capabilities (Ambulance, Paramedics, A&E Doctors & Nurses) have been diluted so we would possibly deal less well with the results of a major Terrorist Incident, their would also be knock-on consequences further down the chain. Secondly the ever-present spectre of Privatisation would be an attractive proposition to a foreign government to pick up contracts in the UK Health sector.
Other Public Sector areas have also been affected; Courts, Probation, Education, Coastguards etc etc. to be perfectly honest I have no idea if or how these would be of benefit to a foreign government, but the Public Sector as a whole has been CONSIDERABLY weakened by this coalition.
It may well be considered ludicrous to suggest that there could be infiltration at the very top of government but the incontrovertible fact is that our nations enemies, be they ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Argentina or Putin (maybe even the SNP???) , will have viewed the havoc wreaked upon our police, fire and ambulance services, the NHS and indeed our armed forces with a mixture of incredulity and delight.
I implore you, do not be complacent. Unlikely and fanciful as you might find it, Infiltration can happen, it has happened and COULD happen again, either in Government, Police or the Civil Service. Will it happen again? I have absolutely no idea, but I wouldn’t rule it out. If I was a foreign power I would certainly have considered it years ago. Look at some of the recent defectors to Syria; Humanitarian or Infiltrator/Sympathiser? Again, I have no idea, but we should be open to all possibilities.
Infiltration – Fact, Fiction or (Conspiracy) Theory? All I will say is that I truly hope it is not Fact.
I’ll let Chris have the last word