1970s · Guest Writers · Scotland

Labour Lives: The Story of John P. Mackintosh

When the death of John P. Mackintosh, the Labour Member of Parliament for Berwick and East Lothian, was announced on 31 July 1978, William Russell, the Glasgow Herald’s man in SW1A, reflected on the premature passing of a man ‘who looked a winner but failed to conquer’. Aged only 48 but having been an MP since… Continue reading Labour Lives: The Story of John P. Mackintosh

John Smith · New Labour

The Scottish Titan: The Prime Minister Britain Never Had

By Tom Chidwick When the death of John Smith, the fourteenth Leader of the Labour Party, was announced twenty-seven years ago today, a wave of warm and affectionate tributes lamented the premature passing of a decent and courteous, dogged and supremely self-confident man—‘a Labour loyalist by instinct, and a pragmatist by inclination’, as his widow,… Continue reading The Scottish Titan: The Prime Minister Britain Never Had

Anthony Broxton

“Come Referendum Day” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Three)

This is the third part of @tomchidwick look at the 1979 Scottish Referendum. The first part can be read here and the second here.  Reflecting on his boyhood in Fife in Before the Oil Ran Out, Ian Jack, former editor of the Independent on Sunday, explained that, as a result of his father’s part in Scotland’s heavy industrial workforce, ‘the past… Continue reading “Come Referendum Day” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Three)

Anthony Broxton

“All say Yes or Tinkerbell will die” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Two)

This is the second part of @tomchidwick look at the 1979 Scottish Referendum. The first part can be read here Campaigning had begun in earnest over two years before the referendum, with The Guardian reporting in January 1977 that even during Hogmanay, 'delirious Scots' were subjected to 'a barrage of publicity from the Bill's opponents'. The Hogmanay… Continue reading “All say Yes or Tinkerbell will die” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part Two)

Guest Writers

“A Kingdom on the Brink” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part One)

By Tom Chidwick On 10 January 1979, after a six-day summit in Guadeloupe with President Jimmy Carter, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, an avuncular British Prime Minister James Callaghan touched down at Heathrow Airport to be met with a pack of the Fourth Estate. With severe frosts and heavy snowfall, a mean… Continue reading “A Kingdom on the Brink” – The Story of the 1979 Scottish Referendum (Part One)