2017 · Brexit · Ed Miliband · Gordon Brown · Harold Wilson · Hugh Gaitskell · James Callaghan · Neil Kinnock · New Labour · Tony Benn · Tony Blair

The End of a Thousand Years of History – Labour’s Long March To Brexit

Artwork by @ScotlandRed - follow their twitter page for more Labour artwork 🌹 Hugh Gaitskell, Barbara Castle, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Tony Benn, Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Jeremy Corbyn all have one thing in common. They have all advocated withdrawal from the EEC/EU at some point in their long political careers. But only… Continue reading The End of a Thousand Years of History – Labour’s Long March To Brexit

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1945 Labour Government · Clement Attlee · NHS · Uncategorized · Welfare State · Winston Churchill

Now Britain is a Socialist Country: How Labour shocked the world and won the 1945 election

There were only 79 days between the end of the Second World War and Attlee’s arrival in 10 Downing Street. Labour shocked the world by ousting Churchill, and had a mandate to radically alter every aspect of the British working life. For the first time in the party’s history, they had a majority to do… Continue reading Now Britain is a Socialist Country: How Labour shocked the world and won the 1945 election

Britpop · Gordon Brown · John Smith · Neil Kinnock · New Labour · Tony Blair

We are ready to serve. And together we will change the course of our history, take the shattered remnants of our country and build a new and confident Britain for a new and changing world.

After the sudden death of John Smith in May 1994, Tony Blair defeated John Prescott and Margaret Beckett for the leadership. The real battle had already been won, when Gordon Brown pulled out. I discussed this in That’s Michelle Fowler – Perhaps we should go over and say hello  as well as the end of the Smith… Continue reading We are ready to serve. And together we will change the course of our history, take the shattered remnants of our country and build a new and confident Britain for a new and changing world.

1970s · Conservative Party · Jeremy Corbyn · Margaret Thatcher · Uncategorized

“Precisely the sort of candidate who ought to be able to stand, and lose harmlessly’ – Is Corbyn the modern day Thatcher?

Margaret Thatcher was the most successful Prime Minister of the 20th century.  In the beginning though her party didn't want her. She only stood because nobody else was brave enough and in 1975 she became leader by accident. Events would take her all the way to Number 10.  Is Jeremy Corbyn on the same path? This… Continue reading “Precisely the sort of candidate who ought to be able to stand, and lose harmlessly’ – Is Corbyn the modern day Thatcher?

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Crisis? What Crisis? Labour Lost Leader Poll – James Callaghan Era 1976-1980

Labour Lost Leader Poll James Callaghan Era 1976-1980 When Harold Wilson returned as Prime Minister in 1974, he made virtue of the fact that he had assembled the ‘most experienced cabinet of the 20th century’.  He'd been leader since 1963 and remained unchallenged thirteen years later, when after fighting five elections and winning four of… Continue reading Crisis? What Crisis? Labour Lost Leader Poll – James Callaghan Era 1976-1980

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In 1994 Tony Blair ditched Labour’s ‘One more heave’ strategy. Will it work for Jeremy Corbyn?

Labour’s shock defeat in 1992 had a profound impact on the party and was the catalyst for future modernisation. But in 1994 it didn’t look that way. In 1994 the Labour leadership thought they could achieve power by sitting back and watching the Tories implode. They thought ‘One more heave’ would be enough.  Just as Jeremy… Continue reading In 1994 Tony Blair ditched Labour’s ‘One more heave’ strategy. Will it work for Jeremy Corbyn?

1945 Labour Government · Clement Attlee · NHS · Nye Bevan · Uncategorized

“Why should the people wait any longer?” – How Labour built the NHS

The essence of a satisfactory health service is that the rich and the poor are treated alike, that poverty is not a disability, and wealth is not an advantage Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not… Continue reading “Why should the people wait any longer?” – How Labour built the NHS