1945 Labour Government · 2017 · General Strike · Miners · Nye Bevan · Winston Churchill · Working Class Culture

Churchill vs The Miners: His ‘Darkest Hour’

Winston Churchill only rode on the underground once. It was in 1926 during the General Strike. As Gary Oldman's new film is dismissed as a fantasy, there remains a deep hatred for Churchill in the coalfields of Wales and Northern England. It was the aftermath of the great war that remained with every miner, docker and steelworker forever. Labour won in 1945… Continue reading Churchill vs The Miners: His ‘Darkest Hour’

1980s · 2017 · LGBT Rights · Neil Kinnock · Tony Benn · Tony Blair

Labour and the Left in the 1980s: Every Dog has its Day

It was Tony Benn who said that there is no final victory or final defeat. But for the Labour left, the 1980s represented a definitive moment. What followed was a New Labour leader who argued Thatcherism was both right and inevitable. The left never subscribed to that view and, should they end up in government, will do everything within their power to reverse… Continue reading Labour and the Left in the 1980s: Every Dog has its Day