2017

Labour and the Left in the 1980s: Every Dog has its Day

It was Tony Benn who said that there is no final victory or final defeat. But for the Labour left, the 1980s represented a definitive moment. What followed was a New Labour leader who argued Thatcherism was both right and inevitable. The left never subscribed to that view and, should they end up in government, will do everything within their power to reverse… Continue reading Labour and the Left in the 1980s: Every Dog has its Day

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2017

Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories

At the beginning of the 1990s, single mothers became the 'enemy of the people' in the eyes of hard right Conservative MPs. But when the party looked to moralise on the issue, they discovered that single mothers were not an alien from an unruly underclass -  but within everyone's families, especially the ones of high ranking Tory… Continue reading Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories

2017

Stay Woke: The Books you should read in 2018

Books have provided us with some much needed escapism this year, from the perils of fake news to the tribal nature of social media debate in Britain. It has never felt more important to seek deeper analysis of our politics and 2018 shows no signs of slowing down. This selection of books should have you covered… Continue reading Stay Woke: The Books you should read in 2018

2017

Book Review: The Secret Twenties – British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age

Recent polls have shown that 50% of Americans believe that the ‘Deep State’ exists, while in the UK, 55% of Labour members now agree with the claim that MI5 are working to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. Yet fear of being undermined by the 'Hidden Hand' has its roots in the 1920s, as Timothy Phillips discovers in… Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Twenties – British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age

2017

The Original Project Fear: If You Want A N***** For A Neighbour, Vote Labour

Smethwick. 1964. The original 'Project Fear' campaign, inspired the most evocative election slogan in British political history.  It saw an insurgent right-wing exploit local anger towards a 'swarm' of migrants -  who were blamed for adding pressure to a severe housing crisis. It pitched an out of touch liberal elite, accused of facilitating a race to the bottom, against a… Continue reading The Original Project Fear: If You Want A N***** For A Neighbour, Vote Labour

2017

Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era

The party insiders urged him to call it. David Cameron challenged him to it. Gordon Brown tried to play politics with it for a short term gain. Eventually the hesitancy destroyed a carefully crafted reputation, and Labour have looked like the opposition ever since. So why didn’t Brown call that General Election of 2007? As Gordon… Continue reading Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era

2017 · Neil Kinnock · Tony Benn

Kinnock, Militant and ‘The Speech of his Life’

It was the speech that put Labour back on the long and often rocky road to government, but why did Neil Kinnock feel the need to take on the Militant Tendency back in 1985? The Road to Bournemouth The development of Militant as a political force is traced back to 1964, with the founding of the… Continue reading Kinnock, Militant and ‘The Speech of his Life’