2017 · Arthur Scargill · Hillsborough · Margaret Thatcher · Militant · Miners · Nationalisation · Neil Kinnock · NUM · The Sun

The Lie Machine: Thatcher, Murdoch and The Miners Strike

The attempt by The Sun to whip up a storm over Corbyn and the Czech spy is part of a long history of smear campaigning against the left in Britain. During the Miners Strike, the full weight of the establishment worked to undermine their cause. Back then, three people owned 75% of daily paper sales. There was no alternative. In 2018 there… Continue reading The Lie Machine: Thatcher, Murdoch and The Miners Strike

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2017 · Book Review · Brexit · Harold Wilson · Ted Heath

Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant

From her humble beginnings in Cornwall, to working with two British Prime Ministers, Barbara Hosking has had a remarkable career. After being a press officer at the centre of power in the 1970s, Hosking has finally created headlines for herself - by 'outing herself' at the age of 91 and becoming a 'gay icon'.  Exceeding My Brief,… Continue reading Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant

1945 Labour Government · 2017 · Feminist Movement

100 Years of Suffrage: The Labour Women That Made History

Since its formation, the Labour Party has been a platform for radical female MPs that have smashed the political consensus. On the centenary of the introduction of suffrage for some women, its time to look back and celebrate their triumphs and struggles The origins of the Labour Party go back to 1900, when the TUC passed a resolution… Continue reading 100 Years of Suffrage: The Labour Women That Made History

1960s · 1970s · 2017 · Rugby League · Working Class Culture

Managed Decline: Will Labour and Rugby League break with their Heartlands?

It’s an inconvenient truth that Rugby League is at a major crossroads in its history. At the same time the Labour Party must confront its traditional voters over Brexit. As League looks to new markets in Toronto, Boston and New York, Labour is increasingly reliant on its inner city activist base to win the next election. Are they in danger of… Continue reading Managed Decline: Will Labour and Rugby League break with their Heartlands?