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By Malcolm Muggeridge

Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was once an English journalist, writer, media character, and satirist. in the course of international battle II, he used to be a soldier and a secret agent. he's credited with popularising mom Teresa and in his later years turned a Catholic.

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I was ambitious to get into Operations, and as I was also the only person on the course with press experi­ ence, I was to lecture on ‘handling the press’ . Then I was made a sergeant and sent on an Intelligence course. Perhaps because he produced the delightful ‘ c a r e l e s s posters for the Ministry of Infor­ mation, the phoney war period always makes me think of the figure of Kenneth Bird, or ‘ Fougasse’. These posters have become collectors’ items. Bird took the name Fougasse from a French bomb which blew him up during the First World War.

One of the policies of M 16 was never to divulge salaries (though mine, as a major’s, could have been guessed) for in part they were paid tax-free. At one stage I found I was being paid two salaries, but earning one. I joined the Daily Telegraph. It was a good job, really quite interesting, but after I had found my feet the daily offering of ideas for editorials, and writing them, began to pall. We were not free to take our own decisions, and even the editor, Arthur Watson, had to refer upstairs to Lord Camrose and his family on the fifth floor.

I wrote a letter of sympathy to his widow, but heard no more. There was never any question, however, of Wertz tampering with the steering of my car. Graham Greene is almost the same age as I am. I have always been very fond of him, for he is a kind and generous man who helps people in a quiet, unobtrusive and practical way. And our experiences in Intelligence in Africa in the Second World War were nearly parallel. He is one of England’s finest storytellers and novelists. At present his fame stands very high, certainly because of his sheer craftsmanship, ability to entertain at a serious level and his sense of irony, but possibly also, I wonder, because this is a comparatively lean period in this country for literature.

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