2017

Hillsborough Tragedy at 30: The British Media’s Week of Shame

That depends on what you assume! People assuming things led to Hillsborough, so it depends on what you assume! Right? Albie Kinsella - Cracker - To Be a Somebody - October 1993 In Stick It Up Your Punter! - the seminal history of The Sun, the author calculates that the subsequent boycott cost the paper approx £15… Continue reading Hillsborough Tragedy at 30: The British Media’s Week of Shame

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2017

League’s False Dawn: Let Us Face The Future

“You might find that when Super League starts, the Challenge Cup no longer assumes the overwhelming importance it does now” Maurice Lindsay, 1995, The Independent As League embarks on another 'New Beginning' we have survived our Winter of Discontent in one piece. The settlement cannot be sustained. It's time to Face the Future. It is just 81 days… Continue reading League’s False Dawn: Let Us Face The Future

2017

Stay Woke in 2019: Tides of History Books of the Year

Last Christmas I advised readers to check out these titles as we embarked on another year of political drama. This year the site has looked at numerous new titles that have dealt with working class decline, in an attempt to understand the causes of Brexit and the  increasing disconnect between the Labour Party and its heartlands.… Continue reading Stay Woke in 2019: Tides of History Books of the Year

2017

Left for Dead: The Land that Labour Forgot?

Left for Dead?: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party Lewis Goodall William Collins, 352pp, £20 Over the past decade, defending New Labour's record has become the toughest job in British politics. Labour's great election winner is easily the most unpopular post-war Prime Minister. Despite Brexit, David Cameron receives higher favorability ratings with the electorate. Nowhere… Continue reading Left for Dead: The Land that Labour Forgot?

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

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