Football, The Sun, Working Class Culture

Hostile Environment: When Football Fans Were Treated Like ‘Slum People’

Today, as we approach another World Cup, the government is advising fans not to travel for their own safety rather than the opponents. As for the stadiums, we now look set to move into yet another era. The seats that signified the age of the fan as the customer—rather than the caged animal—will be ripped out as a… Continue reading Hostile Environment: When Football Fans Were Treated Like ‘Slum People’

Margaret Thatcher, Militant, 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

1990s, 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

1990s, The Sun, Tony Blair

Show Us You Care! Blair, Diana & The Seven Days That Shook The Establishment

Tony Blair had been prime minister for just four months, when he was thrown into the glare of the world's media, following the death of Princess Diana. With they eyes of the world turning towards Britain, the nation underwent an unprecedented period of public grief. But as the public turned on the Windsors, Tony Blair… Continue reading Show Us You Care! Blair, Diana & The Seven Days That Shook The Establishment