How Peter Moffatt, Justin Webb & Radio 4 told a pesky #spycop survivor how she could “better understand” her own experience

BBC drama UndercoverSome of us have been following the BBC’s Undercover drama (while others could not be bothered, never watch telly anyway). So far we had nothing to add by way of review, to what ‘Alison’ wrote in the Guardian about the differences between the series and having been targeted by #spycops in real life – by Mark Jenner in her case. The true stories are crazier than anyone could have imagined, – in other words, the BBC drama is completely over the top in the wrong places.

In his effort to defend his storylines on Radio 4 this morning, the series’ screenwriter is just making things worse. Like the police, the CPS and the Court before him, he discards the stories of the women and what they have gone through, by patronizing ‘Alison’ and the others with her. One of the other women, Helen Steel calls this ‘institutional sexism’ – and that is what is happening here.

Sometimes it’s good to just look at what is being said to understand the depth of it, in his blog BristleKRS summarised the interview, adding the full transcript and the audio.

Judge for yourself.


It’s a mansplainer’s world: how Peter Moffatt, Justin Webb & Radio 4 told a pesky #spycop survivor how she could “better understand” her own experience.

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I’ve not blogged in a while, but sometimes something just happens and you have to get it down.

This morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme ‘Alison’, who was preyed upon by Metropolitan Police spycop Mark Jenner for five years using his stolen activist identity ‘Mark Cassidy’, criticised the BBC television drama Undercover.

Here is what she said in the brief, prerecorded segment, as it aired: Continue reading

Scottish ex-officer Paul Hogan spills beans on #spycops unit NPOIU

Paul HoganEveline Lubbers, Undercover Research Group,
24 April 2016.

Updated 27 April 2016: A total of four top Scottish officers involved in the #spycops scandal at management level – and counting…

While the police are throwing their toys out of the pram to keep the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry behind closed doors (Judge Pitchford’s ruling on this expected 3th May), it is quite surprising to find a former #spycop showing off online about his work work – but that’s exactly what Paul Hogan has been doing.

A four-and-half year veteran with the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), the successor of the original Special Demonstration Squad, Hogan even had a year-long spell as a senior manager within the unit. Soon after excerpts of his LinkedIn profile were posted on Twitter earlier this week (thanks @piombo), Hogan took down his profile picture; when he returned from a golf trip to Turkey with mates and the press started approaching him, the profile disappeared entirely. In the spirit of openness we have archived it below, and included it in our profile of Paul Hogan.

Breaching Scotland Yard’s recently-claimed policy of Neither Confirm Nor Deny in every possible way, Hogan reveals in great detail how in 2007 the NPIOU was invited to Germany to export its experience of spying on anti-G8 activists accrued at the 2005 Gleneagles summit in Scotland, to help colleagues there prepare the infiltration of similar protests in Heiligendamm.

This was the first of a meaningful collaboration between the NPOIU and the German authorities and contributed to their strategic planning leading up to the event in 2007.

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1993: the year the Grand National was sabotaged – with help from Special Branch

Chris PlowmanOne of those stories that make you wonder why political groups were infiltrated at all. Apparently protecting the identity of the undercover officer – Matt Rayner – was more important than sharing the intelligence he had gathered about the plot he was involved in to disturb the Grand National horse races. One for the Pitchford Inquiry to look in to… Must have happened more often, how often?

Repost of RedBlackGreen blog
Originally posted 10 April 2016

How an undercover police officer played a key role in an action which cost the betting industry over £70 million.

Yesterday about 100 people demonstrated near the entrance of the Grand National against the cruelty of horse racing. Good though this turnout was – and not to mention another demo there on Friday and also one in London outside Channel 4 who broadcast the race – these protests will not by themselves bring about the end of the world’s most infamous steeplechase.

Many years ago, however, activists decided to do just by sabotaging the race. In 1993 they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams as it had to be abandoned and became “the race that never was”. The animal rights dimension has largely been written out of the story, however. Now for the first time online you will hear what really happened and also it will be revealed how an undercover police officer played a key role in an action which cost the betting industry over £70 million. Continue reading

Undercover Policing, Democracy and Human Rights

Repost of a blog by Graham Smith, in advance of a seminar about #spycops in Manchester next week. Speaking will be ‘Alison’ about Mark Jenner, the undercover in her life, lawyer Harriet Wistrich and Eveline Lubbers for the Undercover Research Group.

The Undercover Policing, Democracy and Human Rights Seminar, 5pm 14 April 2016, Roscoe Theatre A. Register for the seminar here 

Dr Graham Smith, Senior Lecturer in Regulation, School of Law, University of Manchester.
Originally published 6 April 2016

Dr Graham Smith

Dr Graham Smith

Policing is a tricky business. In the last twenty years or so the idea of democratic policing, which locates public police services at the heart of the rule of law and human rights protection, has taken hold globally. In contrast to regime policing, where police forces maintain unpopular state power, standards and principles of democratic policing position the police as professional services with responsibility for public safety. Triggered by the end of South American military juntas, South African apartheid and the Soviet Bloc, an international reform trend has pursued a winding path. The international community, including institutions of the United Nations and Council of Europe, national governments, criminal justice agencies and representatives of civil society have locked horns and grappled with problems of police organisation, power and accountability. Political questions on triangular relations between state, police and public are at the heart of policing dilemmas, and under the rule of law the police are subservient to law makers and have a duty to both enforce and adhere to law. Rather than the antithesis of regime policing, democratic policing represents a reconfiguration of the relations between state, police and public, and highly contested issues of law and practice dominate policing landscapes.

The international trend is clearly manifest in England and Wales. Continue reading