Posts Tagged ‘SDP’

Neither Benn nor Skinner: Prescott blames Polly Toynbee for Labour wilderness years

by Jon Lansman.

I missed a letter in the Guardian last week from the redoubtable John Prescott, setting the record straight on two important slights on the working class hero status of Comrade Skinner. Polly Toynbee, now regarded by some as a radical, had been horribly off-message in her reluctance to regret the ejection by Labour MPs of Dennis Skinner from its national […]

Not all Clause IV moments lead to victory

by Andy Newman.

Writing in yesterday’s Financial Times, George Parker and Jim Pickard, give expression to the popular idea that Ed Miliband’s confrontation with the unions provides him with the opportunity for a “Clause IV moment”, defining his independence as a potential prime minister from the legacy of labourism.

Where are the Social Democrats now?

by Jon Lansman.

Polly Toynbee reminded us yesterday of who were some of the social democrats in the great Labour break-away of the early 1980s: Andrew Lansley, for example, now a Tory dismantling the NHS, and opposed by his former colleague, Shirley Williams, now in the Lib Dems. Danny Finkelstein advised one Tory leader (William Hague) just as his colleague, Andrew […]

David Owen – Would Labour want him back?

by Jon Lansman.

It’s almost 30 years since the Social Democratic Party set out to “break the mould of British politics”. Now its principal successor, the Liberal Democrats, is finally in government but, at single figures in the polls and increasingly seen as a fig leaf for a Tory government, has conspicuously failed to “break the mould”. And now, the […]

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