Rock Bottom: What Can Labour Learn From Its Worst Defeat?

By Scott Cresswell Like every democratic political party around the globe, there are victories, and then there are defeats. Labour has had its fair share of the latter. There are some years of electoral disaster that Labour must never cease to remind itself of. 1983 and 2019 both spring to mind. None of them, however, … Continue reading Rock Bottom: What Can Labour Learn From Its Worst Defeat?

EVERY LABOUR LEADER RANKED: FROM HARDIE TO CORBYN

By Scott Cresswell Since 1906, Labour has had 19-elected/permanent leaders. Six of those went on to become Prime Minister. Remarkably for a political party that started at the dawn of the 20th Century, it first experienced power during the First World War, before it formed its first government in 1924, and won a landslide victory … Continue reading EVERY LABOUR LEADER RANKED: FROM HARDIE TO CORBYN

Must Labour Always Lose?

Scott Cresswell finds Denis MacShanes's book a thought-provoking mixture of history and memoir It should remain and always be a worrying thought for British progressives, social democrats, and democratic socialists that the Labour Party rarely wins general elections. Since June 1970, there have only been eighteen years of Labour government: 1974-79, 1997-2010. Countless numbers of … Continue reading Must Labour Always Lose?

One year of Sir Keir: How does Starmer compare to Thatcher, Blair and Cameron?

Taking an opposition party into government is a rare feat in British politics. At the 1979 General Election, the first-time voters who witnessed Mrs Thatcher take power are now in their sixties. In the intervening period those voters have seen the government change hands just twice. Keir Starmer is the latest in a long line … Continue reading One year of Sir Keir: How does Starmer compare to Thatcher, Blair and Cameron?

Victor Grayson: Labour’s Lost Revolutionary?

Review by Tom Chidwick Having been in government for thirty-two out of the last one hundred years, the Labour Party occupies more than its fair share of the pews in the pantheon of unjustly forgotten parliamentarians of the previous century. From ILP stalwarts George Barnes and John Wheatley to devolutionist Scots of the Seventies John … Continue reading Victor Grayson: Labour’s Lost Revolutionary?

Super League at 25: The unfinished revolution?

As Super League celebrates its 25th birthday, rugby league is further away from its founder’s vision than ever. As Britain approached the end of the 1970s there was much talk about the “managed decline” of a once-great powerhouse. As debts spiralled out of control and the creditors came knocking at the door, the future looked … Continue reading Super League at 25: The unfinished revolution?

What if Scotland voted “Yes” to an Assembly in 1979?

Tom Chidwick wonders what would have happend if Scotland had voted Yes in the 1979 referendum...... As the country’s first referendum campaign drew to a close, Gordon Brown, the chairman of the Labour Party’s official ‘Labour Movement Yes’ campaign, warned that ‘to be swayed now by the scaremongering and false fears peddled by the money … Continue reading What if Scotland voted “Yes” to an Assembly in 1979?