James Callaghan: The Crisis PM

A new collection of essays provides a welcome reappraisal of the only man to hold all four offices of state.  “If you must have a Conservative Prime Minister, I’m your man” – Sunday Mirror, April 1979 At the end of season three of Netflix’s The Crown viewers watched a tearful Harold Wilson hand in his resignation.... Continue Reading →

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 →

Soul Love: Labour’s 70s Rebrand

Costing £100,000, the Labour’s got life and soul’ was a five week PR blitz launched on August 31st1969.  After eighteen months of research, David Kingsley of Kinglsey, Manton and Palmer came up with the ‘soul’ theme.  Their advertising firm had been previously responsible for a Salvation Army slogan “For God’s sake, Care” The campaign sought... Continue Reading →

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