The alarming news that MI6 plans to recruit 1,000 more staff makes me hanker for the days when they just kept things to themselves.
Not that anyone’s taking on more welfare providers at the moment.
Under Theresa May public spending is all about restraint – that is the state’s ability to restrain people.
So it’s security personnel they’re recruiting according to reports last week – with MI6 looking to hire nearly 1,000 new spies over the next four years – increasing its payroll by almost 40%.
This is part of a widely circulated government plan to increase the staff of all three covert security agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ) by a total of about 1,900.