The Hidden Persuader

What skullduggery the chaps got up to back in the day. Bracing stuff. With hilarious consequences. OK, not-so-hilarious consequences.

Recruited by MI5: the name’s Mussolini. Benito Mussolini | World news | The Guardian

For the British intelligence agency, it must have seemed like a good investment. Mussolini, then a 34-year-old journalist, was not just willing to ensure Italy continued to fight alongside the allies in the first world war by publishing propaganda in his paper. He was also willing to send in the boys to “persuade” peace protesters to stay at home.

How times change, what? Thank heavens that these days there’s no need to pay journalists extra to publish war propaganda, because that’s usually their job anyway.

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1 Response to “The Hidden Persuader”


  1. 1 Donagh October 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I think it is worth mentioning the changes in wages and productivity in the interim period. These days in an era of declining wages and layoffs, journalists complain that the decline in newspaper ad revenue and the pressure from internet savy work shy office people providing raw up to the minute ‘news’ on the internet is forcing them to do not one but several jobs. Back in Il Duce’s day, before he was Il Duce, of course, a journo could get paid twice for doing the same job. I’m sure hacks look back at Mussolini with admiration and not a little bit of envy.


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