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Labour Right in Retreat, Eagle Eye

Labour Right in Retreat

Magnificent from Philip Collins in The Times today (pay wall) on how unhelpful “Blairite” has become as a label. As he says, for Labour “to turn its most successful politician into an epithet of abuse is … an act of quite astonishing self-immolation”.
Nor is it quite right any longer to define the division at the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 October 2013 at 9:40 am

Fear of Fridges, Eagle Eye

Fear of Fridges

Digital data can be amazing. I wrote an article for the New Statesman in the 1980s called “Fear of fridges”, in which I quoted a speech of Hugh Gaitskell’s in which he seemed to blame Labour’s lack of electoral success in the 1950s on the spread of fridge ownership.
That was all I could remember, but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 14 April 2013 at 10:54 am

Gaitskell and Blair, Eagle Eye

Gaitskell and Blair

I admire Hugh Gaitskell as much as the next Eurosceptic social democrat, but must protest at Donald Macintyre’s use of him to traduce Tony Blair in today’s Independent.
Don seems to think that Blair went out of his way* to omit reference to Gaitskell in his memoir, and that this omission is “telling”. What it tells [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 11:23 am

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