As the Labour Party enters its ninth year in opposition, comparisons are being drawn to the 1980s and how it took them, and the Democrats, over a decade to win elections again. As Richard Carr argues in his timely book, it was the special relationship between the moderates on both sides of the Atlantic that underpinned their fightback. … Continue reading All Mod Cons: How Labour and the Democrats Learnt to Win Again
Many expect Boris Johnson to enjoy some form of honeymoon. History shows us that it may rapidly depend on the handling of 'events'. In the age of Brexit and now ‘Boris’ it remains to be seen whether there are any ‘iron laws’ left in British politics. One which will be tested over the next few… Continue reading The ‘Inevitable’ Honeymoon? A Short History of the ‘Prime Ministerial Bounce’
It’s almost 100 years since Nancy Astor became the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons. On her first appearance in the House, she was physically stopped from sitting down by her male colleagues, whilst 'supposed' close friends Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain ‘would blank her in the corridors’. Women of Westminster:… Continue reading The Natural Rebels: Women of Westminster Who Changed Politics
That depends on what you assume! People assuming things led to Hillsborough, so it depends on what you assume! Right? Albie Kinsella - Cracker - To Be a Somebody - October 1993 In Stick It Up Your Punter! - the seminal history of The Sun, the author calculates that the subsequent boycott cost the paper approx £15… Continue reading Hillsborough Tragedy at 30: The British Media’s Week of Shame
“You might find that when Super League starts, the Challenge Cup no longer assumes the overwhelming importance it does now” Maurice Lindsay, 1995, The Independent As League embarks on another 'New Beginning' we have survived our Winter of Discontent in one piece. The settlement cannot be sustained. It's time to Face the Future. It is just 81 days… Continue reading League’s False Dawn: Let Us Face The Future
Last Christmas I advised readers to check out these titles as we embarked on another year of political drama. This year the site has looked at numerous new titles that have dealt with working class decline, in an attempt to understand the causes of Brexit and the increasing disconnect between the Labour Party and its heartlands.… Continue reading Stay Woke in 2019: Tides of History Books of the Year
Left for Dead?: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party Lewis Goodall William Collins, 352pp, £20 Over the past decade, defending New Labour's record has become the toughest job in British politics. Labour's great election winner is easily the most unpopular post-war Prime Minister. Despite Brexit, David Cameron receives higher favorability ratings with the electorate. Nowhere… Continue reading Left for Dead: The Land that Labour Forgot?