Today's Revolutionaries: A Study Of Some Prominent Modern Revolutionary Movements And Methods Of Sedition In Europe And The United States by Ian Greig - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Ian Greig, who has died, aged 70, was one of the founders of the right-wing Monday Club, for a period one of the influential...

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Today's Revolutionaries: A Study Of Some Prominent Modern Revolutionary Movements And Methods Of Sedition In Europe And The United States
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Today's Revolutionaries: A Study Of Some Prominent Modern Revolutionary Movements And Methods Of Sedition In Europe And The United States

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Ian Greig, who has died, aged 70, was one of the founders of the right-wing Monday Club, for a period one of the influential groups within the Conservative party. Though born in London he was of Scottish descent from the McLeans of Col on his mother's and the Earls of Stirling on his father's side. He was a close friend of Sir Alec Douglas-Home although their political views only coincided on the dangers of Communist expansion.

Greig's book The Assault on the West (1968) spelled out the dangers which he believed insufficiently alert democracies faced from expansionist Communism aided by those engaged on internal subversion. It carried an approving preface by Home. Educated at Stowe school Ian Greig was commissioned at the age of 18 in a cavalry regiment and saw service in Holland after the D-Day landings.

He had the almost accidental distinction of taking a large number of Germans prisoner after his tank became separated from the rest of the regiment. Surrounded by superior numbers he was relieved to see the Germans throw down their weapons and raise their hands in the air. He remained in the Army after the war and time spent in Palestine prompted his lifelong fascination with terrorism and its methods.

After a spell as a Conservative constituency agent he worked as a journalist and broadcaster. On one of his frequent return visits to Scotland he met his wife Isabel Campbell who worked as his researcher. The Monday Club was formed by Conservatives who looked for leadership to the Marquis of Salisbury and were dubious about the rapid decolonisation of Africa foreshadowed in Macmillan's ''wind of change'' speech to the South African Parliament.

They were doubtful about the former colonie's ability to rule themselves satisfactorily and worried about the opportunities this offered the Communists to further their strategic aims. The group published papers on South Africa and Rhodesia and remained well disposed to the Smith regime after it declared UDI in 1965. Another keen interest was Ulster and Greig made frequent visits to the province, a poor sense of direction often taking him inadvertently into dangerous areas.

He wrote several pamphlets on Northern Ireland, some dealing with the influence of ultra-left groups. He and his wife, who survives him, also engaged in a good deal of charitable work which included efforts to help Vietnamese war orphans. Greig was identifed by those unsympathetic to his views as a fully paid up member of the ''reds under the bed'' school of thought.

Certainly he shared the views of those like retired General Sir Frank Kitson that more should be done to prepare the armed forces to cope with terrorism. But evidence that there were some spies around came when he and Sir Alex, then Foreign Secretary, attended a performance of Robert Bolt's play Vivat! Vivat!

Regina along with several Russian diplomats due to be expelled the following day. After a reference in the play to ''spies in our midst'' Sir Alec winked at the Greigs and advised them to read the newspapers next morning. Source: Ian Greig (Obituary), Glasgow Herald 4 November 1995.