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The Economic League: a dodgy history

Issue No. 2142

The man running the blacklist, Ian Kerr, is a former Special Branch officer. He used to be employed by The Economic League.

This was formed after a small gang of rich men met in early 1919 to discuss what could be done to halt the growing “Red Infection” in Britain. It adopted the name The Economic League in 1926.

Big business backed it from then on. Balfour Beatty’s then parent company, BICC, gave tens of thousands of pounds to The Economic League during the 1980s.

As well as secretive, right wing lobbying, The Economic League ran a blacklist of thousands of workers. It was wound up in 1993 – but it seems that at least one aspect of its dodgy activities are ongoing.

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Tue 10 Mar 2009, 18:32 GMT
Issue No. 2142
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