UK Cricket: The Pietersen Affair

Kevin Pietersen

The Pietersen Affair


By Michael Shrimpton 


Predictably England are struggling in the Lords Test, with a weakened batting line-up.  Equally predictably there were empty seats.  Cricket lovers do not want to see England’s Second XI.

Kevin Pietersen

It is reasonable to suppose that South Africa were behind the original leak about the contentious texts to the Mail.  I can’t see KP having been behind it, nor do I suppose that the Mail hacked into his mobile phone!

For once I am in complete agreement with Piers Morgan.  Straussy, Giles Clarke and Hugh Morris at ECB and the selectors have bungled this badly.  Clarke and Morris need to resign for the sake of English cricket and Strauss should step down as captain.

A fine player he has been greatly over-rated as a skipper.  He comes across as authoritarian and unwilling to consult his senior players, except Cook, who is too close to Graham Gooch in my opinion.  He bungled the last two Tests badly.

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Some of the media attacks on KP have been poisonous in the extreme.  I am sure he would be an effective skipper if re-appointed.

The idea that he should not be playing for England, mooted in yesterday’s Telegraph, is beyond outrage.  He is a British Citizen, born to a British mother.  There was an excellent response today, referring to the great Basil D’Oliveira, who scored two fine tons against Australia (I watched him on telly scoring the second, 117 from memory, on Illingworth’s 1970/71 tour).

The politics of this scandal run deep.  Congress is quite close to Peking, the Indian Premier League has semi-official backing, its funding may be linked (lawfully) to a high-yield trading programme, a la Kerry Packer,  and England’s next tour to is to India.  KP is the one England batsman they really fear, so they will welcome an understrength England team.

KP came here as a refugee from South African racial quotas – just as iniquitous as the racist selection policy which banned D’Oliveira, and KP is a far greater talent.  By refusing to play him on spurious grounds England are effectively enforcing the ANC’s policy of racial quotas.

 Sink the Bismarck

Nice to see this splendid old movie, starring Kenneth More, on the box again this week.  A valuable boost for morale.  I shall be giving the background in Spyhunter, and commenting on the tragic loss of HMS Hood.

The movie was well-made, albeit influenced by a German spy in the Admiralty, anxious to conceal the real reason for Bismarck’s breakout (she wasn’t going after convoys – only the Prinz Eugen).

As usual the producers never sought advice on the stock footage – the warships at the end, purporting to be Rodney & KGV, appear to include HMS Barham, Ark Royal and both the Nelson class, with not a KGV class in sight.  The footage was probably shot in the Med before 1941.

Malta Story, starring Jack Hawkins, another fine actor, has also  had an airing this week, again with the wrong stock footage.  Whilst paying tribute to the fine work of USS Wasp in flying off Spitfires for Malta, they showed HMS Eagle!  Her twin funnels were quite distinctive.  She was a happy ship – one of my family went down with her sadly, according to family legend.  Originally a battleship intended for the Chilean Navy her engine room instruments, famously, were in Spanish.

I am always happy to review movies & documentaries for factual errors by the way!  The number of mistakes is surprisingly high.  Most producers seem happy to include footage of an aircraft or a ship, never mind which one.






Author Details
Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies. These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11. In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael’s active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib ‘hood’ photograph as a fake. His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT.
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