This might turn out to be a great thriller but half way through the first episode the way the history is shown is really annoying me.
The episode shows SOE training ,a fake interrogation,they really did this sort of thing so some research done there.
But then we have the 1945 election,many of the voters were soldiers who were overseas so it took several weeks to get the soldiers votes back to Britain,the results day was not the same day as the voting.
Characters keep referring to the Labour Party as The Socialists,the Daily Mail and the Telegraph used to refer to Labour as the socialists to make then sound foreign and extreme but I doubt members of the public used the expression much.
The election result in 1945 was a surprise to most people but there had been indications that it might turn out as it did.
Churchill fought a bad campaign,personally insulting Attlee who greatly admired him.
Churchill suggested that a Labour government would need some sort of Gestapo to Britain,Attlee reply was statesmanlike.
There is little evidence that America spied on Britain much after 1945.
The American intelligence organisations learned a lot from British intelligence organisations 1941-1945 and they maintain close links to this day.
There is little evidence for the plot idea that there was much Soviet influence on the Labour government.
Soviet influence on the Labour party and Trade Unions yes,influence on government ,not much.
Attlee and Bevin had fought the far left in the Labour party since the 1930s.
Bevin was very much an anti communist,he helped drag America into forming NATO by fooling it over the Greece crisis.
Attlee made sure that the far left pro communist mps were sidelined and thrown out of the party by 1950.
The Attlee government helped form Nato built the British atom bomb and took part in the Korean war.
It is true there was the rhetoric of left will talk to left in 1945 and Britain did sell jet engines to the USSR but the majority of evidence shows that the 1945 government thought that British democratic socialism was a weapon against communism not an ally of it.
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