Berliners and the citizens of eastern Germany are struggling to digest the news that thousands of former members of the dreaded Stasi secret police were working as their local civil servants, police officers and teachers, almost 20 years after the Iron Curtain collapsed.
More than 17,000 staff currently employed by Berlin and eastern Germany's five federal states were estimated to have worked for the all-pervasive communist police organisation, according to evidence compiled by historians at Berlin's Free University.
In all societies there is a class of people who believe that for personal advancement they should always 'serve' the State. It does not matter what the ideology of the State is, their petty bureaucratic Authoritarian minds will readily adapt to changes of Government.
It is the petty power and being part of the righteous that keeps them going. It is the mindset in Mandelson's 'post democratic' age that allows local authorities to put CCTV cameras in every street, to spy on your dustbins, to put adverts on the TV 'we know you live' etc, whilst defrauding the Taxpayer, failing on every level of competence, losing £1 Bn of our money in Iceland, then cooking the books to cover it up.
Lord Malloch-Brown resigned for 'family reasons' from an administration that he now states he has seen more strategic thinking in third world countries and in South America that he has seen in no 10.
The Germans should not be surprised that the Secret Police are still amongst them, we had the same here in post Civil War England, the turncoats protested their undying allegiance to the throne as equally fervently as they protested allegiance to the English Republic.
The Hydra that is the State has many heads, served by amoral people whose primary allegiance is to the State or the Corporation because their income is derived by sucking at the teat of the State.
For years we have been picked off one by one not until we expose in Court the likes of Blair and Mandelson, and the apparatchiks that sustain them and repress this country, The United Kingdom will never be free.