2017 · James Callaghan · Jeremy Corbyn

Will Corbyn be Prime Minister by Christmas? History Would Suggest Not…

It was in the Summer of 2017 - at the hedonistic setting of Glastonbury - that Jeremy Corbyn predicted he would be Prime Minister by Christmas. He later claimed he would do it within twelve months. Experts now agree that October will be an 'Autumn of Discontent' for the Tories. The door could indeed be opened for… Continue reading Will Corbyn be Prime Minister by Christmas? History Would Suggest Not…

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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

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 · Economics · General Election 1997 · New Labour · Tony Blair

The Minimum Wage at 20: How The Tories Used Project Fear To Try And Stop It

It is rare that a government introduces a policy to near-universal acclaim. But political experts agree that the minimum wage (NMW) is the most successful government policy of the past 40 years. However,  it's introduction was fraught with political vulnerability and predictions of economic catastrophe. Labour could have easily jolted from it in the face of… Continue reading The Minimum Wage at 20: How The Tories Used Project Fear To Try And Stop It

1945 Labour Government · 2017 · Clement Attlee · General Election 1945 · Miners

Britain Is A Socialist Country: How Labour Won The 1945 Election

There were just 79 days between Germany's surrender and Attlee’s arrival at 10 Downing Street. Labour shocked the world by ousting Churchill, and had a manifesto to radically alter British working life. For the first time in the party’s history, they had a majority to do it. Yet the 1945 election almost never happened. And when… Continue reading Britain Is A Socialist Country: How Labour Won The 1945 Election

2017 · Tony Blair

“The Tories have lost the nation’s trust. But that does not mean we inherit it automatically. We have to work for it. We have to earn it.”

After the sudden death of John Smith in May 1994, Tony Blair defeated John Prescott and Margaret Beckett for the leadership. The real battle had already been won, when Gordon Brown pulled out. I discussed this in  Granita 1994 : The Night New Labour Was Born…And A Bromance Died. When Blair came to power he… Continue reading “The Tories have lost the nation’s trust. But that does not mean we inherit it automatically. We have to work for it. We have to earn it.”

2017 · Jeremy Corbyn · John Smith · Tony Blair

In 1994 Tony Blair Ditched ‘One More Heave’ and Won Big. Is It Time For Corbyn To Do The Same?

Labour’s shock defeat in 1992 had a profound impact on the party and was the catalyst for future modernisation. But before the death of John Smith it did not look that way. In 1994 the Labour leadership thought they could achieve power by sitting back and watching the Tories implode. They thought ‘one more heave’ would be… Continue reading In 1994 Tony Blair Ditched ‘One More Heave’ and Won Big. Is It Time For Corbyn To Do The Same?