But the British government itself hasn’t always been quite so ethical.
After the Second World War, Britain was nearly bankrupt; the Empire was collapsing.
It really is too silly.” Come 1950, Churchill’s keen desire for an independent British chemical weapons capability was largely inspired by intelligence reports showing the Soviets were developing their own.
If, he reasoned, the Russians had it, then so should the British.
After defeating Der Führer, British experts toured the former Nazi Germany, confiscating equipment and data used to develop chemical weapons, including sarin.But with the Cold War in full swing, the British military was still developing weapons, including weapons of mass destruction.During the war against the Axis powers, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had advocated using both biological and chemical weapons, which the military was experimenting with.Being government property, the authorities also had “Crown Immunity” to use RAF Portreath as they pleased, almost entirely without public oversight.Still, local farmer Ernest Landry didn’t share the government’s enthusiasm for the base’s choice location.
The few locals weren’t bound to ask many questions either.