Imagine it, that ever-so-secret, ever-so-British institution forced to wash its dirty linen in a European court. Who knows where it might end? James Bond would have to answer countless charges of sexual harassment. And no one could justify the recruitment of Wormold, the hapless vacuum- cleaner salesman - Graham Greene's man in Havana - on grounds of merit and equal opportunities. What incompetence are spies dismissed for: putting coded information in the wrong hollow tree trunk?
"National security" should not save MI6 from such public humiliation. We want to know why our spies get sacked.