2017 · Conservative Party · David Cameron · Jeremy Corbyn · Media · PMQs · Theresa May

Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions

"And we need to change, and we will change, the way we behave. I'm fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing." David Cameron's Conservative victory speech, December 2005. It's over a decade since Tony Blair left Downing Street and forewent the weekly ordeal of… Continue reading Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions

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2017 · Media · Rugby League · Working Class Culture

Seize The Day: Twelve Ways To Make Rugby League Great Again

"In Lancashire, babies don't toddle, they side-step. Queuing women talk of 'nipping round the blindside'. Rugby league provides our cultural adrenalin. It's a physical manifestation of our rules of life, comradeship, honest endeavour, and a staunch, often ponderous allegiance to fair play."  Colin Welland The quote from Oscar-winning writer Colin Welland has been repeated amongst… Continue reading Seize The Day: Twelve Ways To Make Rugby League Great Again

1990s · 2017 · Conservative Party · Media · The Sun · Tony Blair · Welfare State · Working Class Culture

Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories

At the beginning of the 1990s, single mothers became the 'enemy of the people' in the eyes of hard-right Conservative MPs. But when the party looked to moralise on the issue, they discovered that single mothers were not an alien from an unruly underclass -  but within everyone's families, especially the ones of high-ranking Tory Cabinet Ministers.… Continue reading Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories

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