1945 Labour Government, Clement Attlee, General Election 1945, NHS, Welfare State

New Jerusalem: How Labour Built the NHS

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Britain showed the world that a universal health care system was possible. Here is how Nye Bevan’s vision came to fruition and how the National Health Service Act was guided through parliament.  On the 5th July 1948, a young girl was admitted to Park Hospital in Manchester, to be… Continue reading New Jerusalem: How Labour Built the NHS

1945 Labour Government, General Election 1945, Nye Bevan

Lower Than Vermin: The Story Of Bevan’s Quote That Lives On

It's 70 years since Nye Bevan claimed the Tories were 'lower than vermin'. The speech took on a life of its own; to some it cost Labour two million votes at a general election, blighted his career and ruined the growing political consensus. But to the current Labour activists his words resonate more than ever. … Continue reading Lower Than Vermin: The Story Of Bevan’s Quote That Lives On

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’

1990s, General Election 1997, Tony Blair

Storm In A TB Cup: What A Political Crisis Looked Like Under New Labour

This was not a Windrush or Grenfell scandal. There was no ‘doomsday plan’ being modelled in the event of the country’s economic collapse. On the contrary, unemployment was at its lowest level for twenty years and take-home pay had risen 10% since 1997. Neither of which stopped The Sun from predicting that William Hague would become prime minister, overturning Labour’s… Continue reading Storm In A TB Cup: What A Political Crisis Looked Like Under New Labour

1945 Labour Government, Jeremy Corbyn

It’s Coming Home: The Labour Party’s Journey Back To British Rail

Twenty five years ago the Conservative's passed the Railways Bill which ushered in the privatisation of British Rail. Labour promised to fight it every step of the way. Once in government they baulked. There will be no backtracking this time. This week the government announced that it will intervene to manage the East Coast rail… Continue reading It’s Coming Home: The Labour Party’s Journey Back To British Rail

Book Reviews, Margaret Thatcher, New Labour, Working Class Culture

Broken Dreams: The Rise and Fall of British Council Housing

In 1979 42% of the British population lived in a council house. Today the figure is less than 8%. The drop has led to an inflated housing market, insecure tenancies and a sustained cultural attack on the working class. As Britain endures its worst housing crisis since the war, with 1.8m households on the waiting list, can Labour revitalise the municipal dream? Municipal… Continue reading Broken Dreams: The Rise and Fall of British Council Housing

Book Reviews, Rugby League, Working Class Culture

Clive Sullivan: The Man Who Broke Rugby’s Racial Barrier

1972 was a tumultuous year in Britain's history. The Heath Government faced down unprecedented industrial and social conflict. The National Front was on the rise. Labour swung to the left and unemployment hit the fatal one million mark. Amidst the chaos, Great Britain RL appointed the first black captain of any British national side. It was done without mass… Continue reading Clive Sullivan: The Man Who Broke Rugby’s Racial Barrier