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?”

1960s, Barbara Castle, General Election 1964, James Callaghan

Labour’s Turning Points: The Unions and “In Place of Strife”

By Daniel Esson            As most Labour governments tend to be, the Wilson ministry of 1964-70 was far from tranquil. Taking power in 1964 with a wafer-thin majority of just four, the Wilson years were a time of significant change in Britain with the trade unions central to debates. Graeter change could have come, if now-forgotten… Continue reading Labour’s Turning Points: The Unions and “In Place of Strife”

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

Anthony Broxton

What Spitting Image did to British politics

As Spitting Image returns to our screens, its original impact has not been forgotten  It’s February 1984 and English television is still ruled by just four stations. Regular political programming consists of the evening news, Panorama and a new debate show called Question Time, while television cameras are not yet allowed into the House of… Continue reading What Spitting Image did to British politics

Anthony Broxton

The Brink: “I’ll tell you and you’ll listen” The Neil Kinnock speech that lives on

The moment of pure political theatre that endures its legacy thirty-five years on  It was at Preston railway station, in September 1985, as he made his way back to London from the TUC Conference that Neil Kinnock realised his time had come. Picking up the Lancashire Evening Post, the Labour leader read of the latest saga… Continue reading The Brink: “I’ll tell you and you’ll listen” The Neil Kinnock speech that lives on