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

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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

2017

The Lie Machine: Thatcher, Murdoch and The Miners Strike

The attempt by The Sun to whip up a storm over Corbyn and the Czech spy is part of a long history of smear campaigning against the left in Britain. During the Miners Strike, the full weight of the establishment worked to undermine their cause. Back then, three people owned 75% of daily paper sales. There was no alternative. In 2018 there… Continue reading The Lie Machine: Thatcher, Murdoch and The Miners Strike

2017 · Book Review · Brexit · Harold Wilson · Ted Heath

Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant

From her humble beginnings in Cornwall, to working with two British Prime Ministers, Barbara Hosking has had a remarkable career. After being a press officer at the centre of power in the 1970s, Hosking has finally created headlines for herself - by 'outing herself' at the age of 91 and becoming a 'gay icon'.  Exceeding My Brief,… Continue reading Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant

1945 Labour Government · 2017 · Feminist Movement

100 Years of Suffrage: The Labour Women That Made History

Since its formation, the Labour Party has been a platform for radical female MPs that have smashed the political consensus. On the centenary of the introduction of suffrage for some women, its time to look back and celebrate their triumphs and struggles The origins of the Labour Party go back to 1900, when the TUC passed a resolution… Continue reading 100 Years of Suffrage: The Labour Women That Made History

1960s · 1970s · 2017 · Rugby League · Working Class Culture

Managed Decline: Will Labour and Rugby League break with their Heartlands?

It’s an inconvenient truth that Rugby League is at a major crossroads in its history. At the same time the Labour Party must confront its traditional voters over Brexit. As League looks to new markets in Toronto, Boston and New York, Labour is increasingly reliant on its inner city activist base to win the next election. Are they in danger of… Continue reading Managed Decline: Will Labour and Rugby League break with their Heartlands?