Margaret Thatcher was the most successful Prime Minister of the 20th century. In the beginning though her party didn't want her. She only stood because nobody else was brave enough and in 1975 she became leader by accident. Events would take her all the way to Number 10. Is Jeremy Corbyn on the same path? This… Continue reading “Precisely the sort of candidate who ought to be able to stand, and lose harmlessly’ – Is Corbyn the modern day Thatcher?
Labour Lost Leader Poll James Callaghan Era 1976-1980 When Harold Wilson returned as Prime Minister in 1974, he made virtue of the fact that he had assembled the ‘most experienced cabinet of the 20th century’. He'd been leader since 1963 and remained unchallenged thirteen years later, when after fighting five elections and winning four of… Continue reading Crisis? What Crisis? Labour Lost Leader Poll – James Callaghan Era 1976-1980
Labour’s shock defeat in 1992 had a profound impact on the party and was the catalyst for future modernisation. But in 1994 it didn’t look that way. In 1994 the Labour leadership thought they could achieve power by sitting back and watching the Tories implode. They thought ‘One more heave’ would be enough. Just as Jeremy… Continue reading In 1994 Tony Blair ditched Labour’s ‘One more heave’ strategy. Will it work for Jeremy Corbyn?
The essence of a satisfactory health service is that the rich and the poor are treated alike, that poverty is not a disability, and wealth is not an advantage Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not… Continue reading “Why should the people wait any longer?” – How Labour built the NHS
IN PLACE OF FEAR by Aneurin Bevan, 1952 CHAPTER 5 – A FREE HEALTH SERVICE This is the fifth chapter from In Place of Fear, of Nye Bevan’s book of essays, published in 1952. THE field in which the claims of individual commercialism come into most immediate conflict with reputable notions of social values is that… Continue reading IN PLACE OF FEAR by Aneurin Bevan, 1952
4 July 1948 – The Manchester Labour Rally In a week in which the current Tory cabinet virtue signalled on public sector pay, its nearly 70 years since Nye Bevan warned the public of being fooled by empty Tory platitudes. In 1948, the establishment of The NHS was to be the crown jewel in… Continue reading Lower than Vermin: If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman
Harold Wilson Era 1963-1976 In October 1964 Labour finally returned to power under Harold Wilson. Wilson benefited from the sudden death of Hugh Gaitskell and was able to focus the party's efforts on winning the election. In that 1963 leadership contest George Brown, James Callaghan and Harold Wilson stood, and in the run off Wilson… Continue reading White Heat: The Wilson Era – Labour’s Lost Leader Poll