Anthony Broxton

Back to School: Labour and the Great Education Debate

The Great Debate about education is a fascinating episode, both in the context of James Callaghan's Premiership and the ongoing argument about the purpose and practice of education. BY MARK WILLIAMS The Great Debate can be seen as a sequence of events, running from late 1976 to 1977. The critical moment was Callaghan's high-profile speech… Continue reading Back to School: Labour and the Great Education Debate

Anthony Broxton

Maureen Colquhoun (1928-2021): “My sexuality has nothing to do with my ability to do the job”

In the 1970s, the Daily Mail “outed” Maureen Colquhoun – making her the first openly lesbian MP in British political history. But she wasn’t accepted in society so easily. Maureen Colquhoun was born on 12 August 1928 and joined the Labour Party aged 18 She read for a degree in Economics at the LSE before… Continue reading Maureen Colquhoun (1928-2021): “My sexuality has nothing to do with my ability to do the job”

Anthony Broxton

“Come Referendum Day” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Three)

This is the third part of @tomchidwick look at the 1979 Scottish Referendum. The first part can be read here and the second here.  Reflecting on his boyhood in Fife in Before the Oil Ran Out, Ian Jack, former editor of the Independent on Sunday, explained that, as a result of his father’s part in Scotland’s heavy industrial workforce, ‘the past… Continue reading “Come Referendum Day” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Three)

Anthony Broxton

“All say Yes or Tinkerbell will die” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Two)

This is the second part of @tomchidwick look at the 1979 Scottish Referendum. The first part can be read here Campaigning had begun in earnest over two years before the referendum, with The Guardian reporting in January 1977 that even during Hogmanay, 'delirious Scots' were subjected to 'a barrage of publicity from the Bill's opponents'. The Hogmanay… Continue reading “All say Yes or Tinkerbell will die” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Two)

Anthony Broxton

Class Matters: Why Rugby League Players Don’t Receive Knighthoods

Despite a mass public campaign, Kevin Sinfield hasn’t received a knighthood this year. It comes as no surprise to rugby league fans In the final PMQs before the Christmas break, Boris Johnson was urged by a fellow MP to acknowledge former rugby league star Kevin Sinfield’s heroic efforts. Sinfield had just completed seven marathons in… Continue reading Class Matters: Why Rugby League Players Don’t Receive Knighthoods

Anthony Broxton

1997 Election: “Was It Delboy Wot Won It?”

“WAS IT DELBOY WOT WON IT?” Its Christmas 1996 and Labour are 36pts clear in the polls.  With the Tories in disarray, the Major Government clutches at one final straw.  They think Only Fools and Horses might cost them some votes... Christmas 1996 and the nation is anticipating the final Only Fools and Horses trilogy.… Continue reading 1997 Election: “Was It Delboy Wot Won It?”

Anthony Broxton

The Nation’s Favourite: Why Coronation Street Matters

As Coronation Street celebrates its diamond jubilee, is it time to take it seriously as the chronicler of our times?  On 9 December 1960, workers across the country clocked off after a week’s toil on the factories, steel plants and coal mines that made up much of heavy-industrialised Britain. With their wage packets, many would… Continue reading The Nation’s Favourite: Why Coronation Street Matters