Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, had a blog post yesterday relating how he had been denied access by the British Library to some obscure documents concerning a dead, white, Scotch, male imperialist.
Difficulty arose when a “half-educated low paid staff [member] steeped in the insolence of office” refused to accept as proof of identity a crumpled laundry ticket, a hand-written letter allegedly in the Uzbek language, or a press clipping of a ridiculous article about men in skirts.
But then Murray rather spoiled his own case against officialdom by saying “Karl Marx famously wrote Das Kapital in the reading room of the British Library. He would never get in now,” which naturally prompts the thought that it would have been just as well for humanity if that old terrorist had been put on the No-Read List.
Come to think of it, Murray himself is something of a revolutionary, a Scotch Nationalist who wants to break up the United Kingdom, which suggests that anti-terrorism measures at the British Library are working as one would wish.