Posts under ‘History’

A woman for all seasons – Georgiana Burne-Jones (continued)

by Peter Willsman.

Steve Williams has written an account of the political activity of the remarkable Georgiana Burne-Jones in Rottingdean, near Brighton, from her arrival there in 1880 until her death in 1920. Here Peter Willsman continues his digested summary for readers (you can read the first part here). In the lead-up to the Boer War Georgiana declared against […]

A woman for all seasons – Georgiana Burne-Jones

by Peter Willsman.

Steve Williams has written an account of the political activity of the remarkable Georgiana Burne-Jones in Rottingdean, near Brighton, from her arrival there in 1880 until her death in 1920. Here Peter Willsman who worked with Steve at the head office of public sector union NUPE (now part of Unison) has digested his account together […]

Tony Benn: Will and Testament, at a cinema near you next week

by Newsdesk.

Tony Benn, the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. Across the globe and in particular over the last five years his brand of socialism has struck a cord with people of all ages and social backgrounds. For the first time ever through intimate, quasi […]

Why the Great War was not stopped

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A century on and the establishment are still soft-soaping it. So no Dave, no. Britain didn’t declare war against Germany for the sake of poor little Belgium, the rights of small nations or for the defence of neutrality. Those then groaning under the weight of our empire might have had a thing or two to say […]

Labour and the Great War

by Andy Newman.

The First World War was an unmitigated catastrophe, leaving over 9 million dead, countless millions more invalided, orphaned, widowed, displaced or impoverished. It destroyed an estimated £208 bn of capital value, and caused economic devastation much greater than that. It plunged much of Europe into political instability, and the lowered threshold to solving issues through […]

Promoting “British values”

by David Pavett.

The recent affair of the alleged extremism of some Birmingham schools has revived debate about “British values”. Michael Gove has issued draft changes to the funding agreement for new schools that would require commitment to “the fundamental British values” of (1) democracy, (2) the rule of law, (3) individual liberty, (4) mutual respect and (5) […]

Could NO2EU reach the pinnacle of pathetic political performance?

by Jon Lansman.

Two weeks ago NO2EU candidates managed to win the support, as we reported, of 0.2% of voters in the European elections, or 0.3% of those constituencies in which it stood. Sadly, this was not good, even by the scant standards of the British far left, which Dr Burton-Cartledge informed us are expected to be in […]

The story of the Lucas Aerospace shop stewards alternative corporate plan

by Max Shanly.

This film, The Story of the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Alternative Corporate Plan was made in 1978 for the Open University. It documents an unusual episode in British corporate history. Shop stewards from Lucas Aerospace, facing massive redundancies, developed their own plan to safeguard their jobs by moving the business into alternative technologies that would meet […]

London remembers Orgreave

by Mark Perryman.

Thirty years ago in June the defining moment of the Miners Strike. Mark Perryman explains why London is due to host an anniversary truth and justice benefit concert. Orgreave, Yorkshire, 18 June 1984. The mass picket vs the massed police. Four months into the dispute this in many ways was the Miners Strike’s defining moment. The […]

Blair’s covert party machine and culture of manipulation to be exposed in new book

by Jon Lansman.

Last year a book was published – Power Trip A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin which promised to reveal “the personal feuds, political plots, and media manipulation which lay at New Labour’s core“. It would be, promised its publishers, “a fascinating, funny, and at times shocking account of how government really works“. At the end […]

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