1960s · 2017 · Conservative Party · General Election 1964 · Harold Wilson · Media

The Original Project Fear: If You Want A N***** For A Neighbour, Vote Labour

Smethwick. 1964. The original 'Project Fear' campaign, inspired the most evocative election slogan in British political history.  It saw an insurgent right-wing exploit local anger towards a 'swarm' of migrants -  who were blamed for adding pressure to a severe housing crisis. It pitched an out of touch liberal elite, accused of facilitating a race to the bottom, against a… Continue reading The Original Project Fear: If You Want A N***** For A Neighbour, Vote Labour

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2000s · 2017 · Conservative Party · David Cameron · Gordon Brown · New Labour · Tony Blair

Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era

The party insiders urged him to call it. David Cameron challenged him to it. Gordon Brown tried to play politics with it for a short term gain. Eventually the hesitancy destroyed a carefully crafted reputation, and Labour have looked like the opposition ever since. So why didn’t Brown call that General Election of 2007? As Gordon… Continue reading Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era

1980s · 2017 · Militant · Neil Kinnock · Tony Benn

Kinnock, Militant and ‘The Speech of his Life’

It was the speech that put Labour back on the long and often rocky road to government, but why did Neil Kinnock feel the need to take on the Militant Tendency back in 1985? The Road to Bournemouth The development of Militant as a political force is traced back to 1964, with the founding of the… Continue reading Kinnock, Militant and ‘The Speech of his Life’