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Is petty contrarianism the default .gs response, or what? Things like this make it clear that the UK's claim to be a functioning democracy is, at best, severely compromised by behind-the-scenes actors. If you care about having any say in the state you live in, this should matter to you.
Some elements were overt, others covert. Farr passing on and publicising Civil Service documents is a pretty serious, likely criminal, covert activity.
I've followed Blumenthal and the Gray Zone for some time and not come across any of the allusions you mention. He's also clearly gone on a considerably different political path to his dad, and he's been fairly open about why in interviews.
It also seems irrelevant to this particular article, which is written by a different reporter (albeit probably still edited by Blumenthal) and is mostly relaying primary sources anyway, i.e. the insider e-mails of a group aiming to undermine the first Brexit negotiations.
Honestly, you lads will chat shit about aliens all day but a string of e-mails revealing a successful political conspiracy gets nothing but derision?