The Marconi Scandal is a fascinating episode in political history and has a certain resonance today.


In 1912 the Postmaster-General accepted the Marconi Company’s tender to build the first six stations of a wireless chain to link up the British Empire. The negotiations for the Marconi Company were condeucted by the Managing Director, Godfrey Isaacs, brother of Sir Rufus Isaacs, the Attorney-General. There was evidence of a gamble in Marconi shares. Rumours began to spread charging Ministers, among them Lloyd George, with corruption in placing the contract and using their position to speculate in Marconi shares. This is the first objective and full-length account of a dramatic and little-known event in English History.

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