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The UK's spies are being urged to consider their "white privilege" as Europe braces for war.

The chiefs of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have told staff to avoid using words such as "manpower", "strong" and "grip" because these can "reinforce dominant cultural patterns".

The guidance, from a leaked dossier titled "Mission Critical", was published internally on Dec 6 amid fears that Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine.

The document has caused concern in some government quarters that security officials are more focused on diversity and inclusion than global security, according to the Daily Mail.

A source said: "There will be times where our security services have to kill the enemies who wish us ill.

"A culture where 'manpower' is offensive and where pronouns and 'privilege' are promulgated is far removed from the deadly decisions spooks often need to take."

The document's author, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the national security adviser, writes: "This toolkit is called Mission Critical because a diverse and inclusive culture is critical to succeeding in our national security missions."


Comment: Creepy.


In a section on inclusive language, it says: "In national security, look out for words and phrases, such as 'strong' or 'grip', that reinforce the dominant cultural patterns. Avoid jargon, hierarchy or gender biases."

Another says: "Use gender-neutral language to reflect people's diversity and reduce stereotypes and assumptions, for example about job roles and functions which need not be gender-defined."

A Whitehall spokesman said the guidance would be included in core training. "They are fundamental to the national security of the UK," they added.

"That includes having people from different backgrounds, perspectives and ways of thinking."