2017

Ambush and Retreat: Why the Brexiters Risk a Repeat of Maastricht Defeat this Autumn

Over the autumn, Britain will encounter political drama of the highest order. Theresa May – forced to test her strength in a vote on the Brexit deal – will rely on Labour rebels and Tory enemies to pass it through. It will be the biggest knife-edge vote since Maastricht in 1993, when Tory rebels came… Continue reading Ambush and Retreat: Why the Brexiters Risk a Repeat of Maastricht Defeat this Autumn

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2017

“A Watershed Conference”: Why the Left still Revere the 1980 Labour Conference

"It has been a watershed of a conference of that there is no doubt and unlike any other conference it will continue to cast its influence over the PLP, over the leadership and over the future of British politics" Tony Benn - 3rd October 1980 38 years ago, it was Labour conference voting to leave the Common Market… Continue reading “A Watershed Conference”: Why the Left still Revere the 1980 Labour Conference

2017

“I’ll Tell You What Happens With Impossible Promises”: When Kinnock Faced Down Militant

As the Labour Party return to Liverpool - the scene of their pitched battles of the 1980s - Militant have been praised for their work fighting the Tories. In 1985 however, it was Neil Kinnock's speech that put Labour back on the long road to government.  The Road to Bournemouth The battle between the Labour Party… Continue reading “I’ll Tell You What Happens With Impossible Promises”: When Kinnock Faced Down Militant

2017 · James Callaghan · Jeremy Corbyn

Will Corbyn be Prime Minister by Christmas? History Would Suggest Not…

It was in the Summer of 2017 - at the hedonistic setting of Glastonbury - that Jeremy Corbyn predicted he would be Prime Minister by Christmas. He later claimed he would do it within twelve months. Experts now agree that October will be an 'Autumn of Discontent' for the Tories. The door could indeed be opened for… Continue reading Will Corbyn be Prime Minister by Christmas? History Would Suggest Not…

2017 · Conservative Party · David Cameron · Jeremy Corbyn · Media · PMQs · Theresa May

Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions

"And we need to change, and we will change, the way we behave. I'm fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing." David Cameron's Conservative victory speech, December 2005. It's over a decade since Tony Blair left Downing Street and forewent the weekly ordeal of… Continue reading Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions

2017 · Media · Rugby League · Working Class Culture

Seize The Day: Twelve Ways To Make Rugby League Great Again

"In Lancashire, babies don't toddle, they side-step. Queuing women talk of 'nipping round the blindside'. Rugby league provides our cultural adrenalin. It's a physical manifestation of our rules of life, comradeship, honest endeavour, and a staunch, often ponderous allegiance to fair play."  Colin Welland The quote from Oscar-winning writer Colin Welland has been repeated amongst… Continue reading Seize The Day: Twelve Ways To Make Rugby League Great Again

1990s · 2017 · Economics · General Election 1997 · New Labour · Tony Blair

The Minimum Wage at 20: How The Tories Used Project Fear To Try And Stop It

It is rare that a government introduces a policy to near-universal acclaim. But political experts agree that the minimum wage (NMW) is the most successful government policy of the past 40 years. However,  it's introduction was fraught with political vulnerability and predictions of economic catastrophe. Labour could have easily jolted from it in the face of… Continue reading The Minimum Wage at 20: How The Tories Used Project Fear To Try And Stop It