RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: So this is what a very British coup looks like - a bid to overturn the will of the British people | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: So this is what a very British coup looks like - a bid to overturn the will of the British people

Some of you will recall the novel A Very British Coup, subsequently made into an award-winning television series by Channel 4.

It was written by Labour MP Chris Mullin, published in 1982, and revolved around a conspiracy by the military, the media, big business and MI5 to bring down a Left-wing government.

At the time, the plot was entirely credible, since Britain was riven by strikes and revolution was in the air. I read the book as a young labour and industrial correspondent, and it made sense to me.

The Bennites were in the ascendancy, Margaret Thatcher was horribly unpopular and it looked as if the wizened Hampstead Leftie Michael Foot — Worzel Gummidge, as Private Eye dubbed him — would be our next Prime Minister.

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