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After the Landslide: In 1983 Jeremy Corbyn claimed “everything had been fudged.” Now, Labour must learn from another huge defeat

This morning Labour has its fewest number of MPs in Parliament since 1935. That election was one of progress, with Labour winning 102 seats and setting itself back on course for government. A more apt comparison is 1931, when the party was reduced to just 52 MPs. The party lost 235 seats following the formation… Continue reading After the Landslide: In 1983 Jeremy Corbyn claimed “everything had been fudged.” Now, Labour must learn from another huge defeat

2017

Tough on Crime: The Anatomy of a Soundbite that Changed British Politics

Below is a thread on Tony Blair's soundbite 'Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime' #OTD 1993. Tony Blair tells the World this Weekend that Labour would be ‘Tough on Crime, Tough on the Causes of Crime’. Coming months after the party lost the fourth election in a row, it was a soundbite… Continue reading Tough on Crime: The Anatomy of a Soundbite that Changed British Politics

2017

Brexit Re-Visited: The Myth of Harold Wilson’s ‘Neutrality’ on Europe

A quick take on the claim that Harold Wilson was neutral in the 1974 EEC referendum taken from Twitter last November  Wilson was not neutral in deciding Labour's position on the EEC referendum. He threatened to resign as Prime Minister if Labour’s official campaigning position was switched from Remain to Leave as the left hoped… Continue reading Brexit Re-Visited: The Myth of Harold Wilson’s ‘Neutrality’ on Europe

2017

CodeBreakers: Toronto Wolfpack​ Understand Rugby League ‘Traditions’ More Than Most

Despite inevitable criticism from the ‘traditional’ Rugby League supporters, the Wolfpack’s lucrative capture of Sonny Bill Williams is in line with the sports ambitious and radical past Rugby league began in 1895 when clubs in the North of England broke away from their southern counterparts. The northern clubs wanted to compensate their players for missing… Continue reading CodeBreakers: Toronto Wolfpack​ Understand Rugby League ‘Traditions’ More Than Most

2017

In with the ‘Gay Lobby’: New Labour’s Media Battle to Lower the Age of Consent

This is the content of a Twitter thread on the media reaction to Labour's lowering of the age of consent for homosexual couples to sixteen in 1998 Despite a Commons majority of 207, the move was highly controversial and it was bitterly opposed by Conservative MPs and the right-wing press. The Sun called it a… Continue reading In with the ‘Gay Lobby’: New Labour’s Media Battle to Lower the Age of Consent

2017

League’s Decline: Making Great Britain Great Again

On the morning of Saturday, October 24th1992, readers of the Daily Mirror turned to the sports pages to find an unusual lead story. Instead of a Football scandal or Cricketing collapse, readers were confronted with a striking publicity shot of Martin Offiah scorching past a hapless Australian defender with a blaze of fire trailing in his… Continue reading League’s Decline: Making Great Britain Great Again

2017

British General Election 1983: How the Labour Party Responded

‘We must not abandon our policies’ v ‘We must not bury our head in the sand’ A thread on Labour’s Response – left, right and centre – to its last major traumatic defeat at the 1983 General Election Neil Kinnock quickly emerged as the favourite to secure the leadership. He did not reject the manifesto… Continue reading British General Election 1983: How the Labour Party Responded