David Stirling

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Political Involvement

Alan Hoe's (1992) biography featured short chapters on Stirling's role in GB75 and TRUEMID (The Movement for True Industrial Democracy), Stirling's "battles with the trades unions" apart from his allies such as Reg Prentice and Frank Chapple.

The author (and indeed Stirling) deliberately confuses "the left" with those attempting the overthrow of the government. Stirling's people were not that happy with the government either and according to Hoe's account Stirling offered "conduits into Whitehall, Scotland yard and the security services" to TRUEMID, which published the upper classes, in the shape of James Goldsmith instructing the lower classes "Towards an Open and Classless Society", a title not without its parallels to the communism they opposed.[1]



  1. David Stirling, The Authorised Biography of the Creator of the SAS, by Alan Hoe, Warne Books, p455.