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Route 66: Harold Wilson’s Great Victory

1966. A General Election. A Labour Landslide. England win the World Cup. Winning a majority of 96 seats, Harold Wilson hails the victory as the ‘greatest in peacetime’. Here are some of the highlights from the BBC election night coverage, which can be viewed in full here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j_Ms4g_wd8 Labour ran its campaign with the slogan… Continue reading Route 66: Harold Wilson’s Great Victory

1970s · Anthony Broxton · General Elections

Britain’s Last ‘Crisis’: ‘Fear and Loathing’ in the October 1974 Election

In the Autumn of 1974, the Prime Minister called a ‘crisis’ election to end the parliamentary deadlock, halt Britain’s economic decline and to combat the fake smears media. Despite a heightened sense of societal breakdown, the electorate could not enthuse themselves for one of the dullest campaigns in history.  The snap October 1974 general election… Continue reading Britain’s Last ‘Crisis’: ‘Fear and Loathing’ in the October 1974 Election

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The Political Punt: Will Corbyn or Johnson defy the Odds as Attlee, Thatcher and Blair did?

The modern era of big, open, political betting began in 1963 when Ron Pollard of Ladbrokes offered odds on the Conservative leadership contest for the ordinary punter. It was a dismal start as the 5/4 favourite Rab Butler was beaten by the 16/1 shot Alec Douglas-Home. In offering the market Pollard tapped into a long,… Continue reading The Political Punt: Will Corbyn or Johnson defy the Odds as Attlee, Thatcher and Blair did?

1990s · Anthony Broxton · General Elections

Fourth Time Lucky: Is Boris Johnson Following John Major’s 1992 Strategy?

Listening to Conservative Ministers speak, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they were the ones in opposition. Matt Hancock talks of the elderly social care crisis, Priti Patel has criticised local councils for the rise in poverty and the Prime Minister rejects that austerity has anything to do with him. On Marr, the release of… Continue reading Fourth Time Lucky: Is Boris Johnson Following John Major’s 1992 Strategy?

Anthony Broxton · General Elections

Election 87 Revisited: Corbyn’s Kinnock Moment

The morning headlines make for grim reading following Jeremy Corbyn's interview with Andrew Neil last night. Corbyn is not the first, and won't be the last, to be skewered by the best political interviewer in the business. In another political age, it was David Frost who destroyed Neil Kinnock's slender hopes of winning a General… Continue reading Election 87 Revisited: Corbyn’s Kinnock Moment