The Fishy Side Of Roy Greenslade…

Many thanks to JM for this tip. In recent days, former Guardian columnist and journalistic academic, Roy Greenslade has presented himself to the world as a secret but stout ally of the IRA’s political wing Sinn Fein. He has, however, been less vocal about his past support for Margaret Thatcher’s campaign in the 1980’s to destroy the National Union of Mineworkers and its leader Arthur Scargill, by running what he later admitted was ‘a major smear campaign’ against Scargill while editing the Daily Mirror, then owned by the distinctly spookish Robert Maxwell, himself suspected of being an asset of Israeli and other Western intelligence agencies. During that episode, Greenslade insisted that the Mirror pay a huge sum of money to informer Roger Windsor, an ex NUM full-timer suspected, based on a considerable amount of hard evidence, of being a British State spy. Perhaps Sinn Fein would be wise to have a closer look at their English friend. You can read more here.

3 responses to “The Fishy Side Of Roy Greenslade…

  1. Pingback: Roy Greenslade – Destroyed Communities and a powerful man who said “sorry” | Tomás Ó Flatharta

  2. Facts, stubborn things, are the friends of good journalists.

    Smears, slippery things, are the friends of anti-journalists.

    Roy Greenslade, then editor of Robert Maxwell’s Daily Mirror, ran a smear campaign against Arthur Scargill, leader of the British Miners’ Union (the NUM) in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Ten years later Mr Greenslade said sorry.

    The unimpressed film-maker Ken Loach wrote a caustic letter to the British Guardian on May 31 2002.

    “Dear Roy Greenslade, it was good to read your apology about the Arthur Scargill story (Sorry, Arthur, Media, May 27). I wonder if you remember our film for Dispatches, which exposed those lies in, I think, 1991. It seems a bit late to come clean now.

    Do you remember our doorstepping your hapless Mirror hack? Or pursuing Roger Cook – who had repeated the allegations on TV – as he fled his uneaten breakfast? Or confronting you on air to apologise and your steadfast refusal?

    It’s easy to repent now, after the damage done to the miners when they were at their most vulnerable. Perhaps you should go round the destroyed communities and make your apology in person.

    Ken Loach”

  3. The name Greenslime really does flatter him.

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