Labour and the Left in the 1980s: Every Dog has its Day

Anthony Broxton

It was Tony Benn who said that there is no final victory or final defeat. But for the Labour left, the 1980s represented a definitive moment. What followed was a New Labour leader who argued Thatcherism was both right and inevitable. The left never subscribed to that view and, should they end up in government, will do everything within their power to reverse it. 

Book Review: Labour and the Left in the 1980s, Manchester University Press, Dec 2017

‘Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.’ George Orwell. 1984

The success and discipline of the Conservative Party throughout history has been a source of begrudging admiration for many on the left. The Tories ability to control the historical narrative of the nation’s collective memory has led to the belief that their economic decisions were both inevitable and irreversible. From the General Strike to the Winter of Discontent through the Miners Strike and right up…

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