2017

Three years ago today, Jeremy Corbyn was 200/1 to be the next Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn never really wanted the top job. And, as we so often forget, his implausible ascent to the top of the Labour party almost fell at the first hurdle. Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/light-relief/two-years-ago-today-jeremy-corbyn-made-onto-labour-leadership-ballot/

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2017

It’s Coming Home: The Labour Party’s Journey Back To British Rail

Twenty five years ago the Conservative's passed the Railways Bill which ushered in the privatisation of British Rail. Labour promised to fight it every step of the way. Once in government they baulked. There will be no backtracking this time. This week the government announced that it will intervene to manage the East Coast rail… Continue reading It’s Coming Home: The Labour Party’s Journey Back To British Rail

2017

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing by John Boughton

In 1979 42% of the British population lived in a council house. Today the figure is less than 8%. The drop has led to an inflated housing market, insecure tenancies and a sustained cultural attack on the working class. As Britain endures its worst housing crisis since the war, with 1.8m households on the waiting list, can Labour revitalise the municipal dream? Municipal… Continue reading Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing by John Boughton

2017

Bevan’s Speech on The Second Reading of the NHS Bill – April 1946

HOUSE OF COMMONS, 30 April 1946 Second reading of the NHS Bill I beg to move that the Bill be now read a Second time. In the last two years there has been such a clamour from sectional interests in the field of national health that we are in danger of forgetting why these proposals… Continue reading Bevan’s Speech on The Second Reading of the NHS Bill – April 1946

2017

True Professional: The Clive Sullivan Story By James Oddy

1972 was a tumultuous year in Britain's history. The Heath Government faced down unprecedented industrial and social conflict. The National Front was on the rise. Labour swung to the left and unemployment hit the fatal one million mark. Amidst the chaos, Great Britain RL appointed the first black captain of any British national side. It was done without mass… Continue reading True Professional: The Clive Sullivan Story By James Oddy

2017

Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

Six months working in the bargain basement of the British economy almost finished James Bloodworth off. His inside account is a shocking insight into the dystopian practices that govern the new working class, who are working harder than ever for their poverty.   “We are living in a world in which nobody is free, in which hardly anybody… Continue reading Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

2017

Nightmare of 1992: How The Tories Changed PM, Caused A Recession And Still Won A General Election

Before the next election the Tories will change leader in a bid to maintain their grip on power. With it, they will project themselves as a new government. Last time it happened under John Major the party turned round a 30 point poll deficit with a well organised attack on Labour's tax and spend. Could it happen… Continue reading Nightmare of 1992: How The Tories Changed PM, Caused A Recession And Still Won A General Election