Above: The three Labour Prime Ministers who have won a majority in a General Election, Clement Atlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair

Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future

This site was created in an attempt to sharpen discussion, notably on the Labour and Conservative parties. The poor performance of Labour since it was founded in February 1900 is a key issue, and a focus on Labour’s current state and its historical failings will be two key themes. The success of the Conservative Party and its morphing into a populist tendency is another theme. Not everything happens at Westminster, and a fourth theme will be to comment on other developments.
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Latest Articles - July 2022

Editorial July 2022

This edition is dominated by Red and Blue – issues of the so-called Red Wall seats, and the Blue shadow thrown by a populist Tory party wedded to Brexit. Labour Current focusses on four Red Wall related books. Tory and Populist  features an essay by Chris Mullin on the rise of UK Nationalism. Commentaries has a mix of articles about UK and French politics as well as a piece on Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man.

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Tory & Populist

Put Out More Flags

Chris Mullin writes about the rise of Nationalism in the UK and how far right ideology has become mainstream, why this has happened and what the future m

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Labour Current

The Fall of The Red Wall

Trevor Fisher reviews Steve Rayson’s The Fall of the Red Wall and the notion that Labour just needs to win back those lost seats and comes to the conclusion that this is only part of the problem.

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Labour Current

Driving Home with a Heavy Heart

Phillip Harker reviews Sebastian Payne’s book Broken Heartlands: A Journey through Labour’s Lost England and wonders why Labour lost its heartlands and what connection is broken.

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Labour Current

What is the Northern Question?

Peter Williams reviews Tom Hazeldine’s book The Northern Question – A History of a Divided Country (Verso 2020) and finds its breadth of vision and penetrating political and economic analysis somewhat lacking.

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Labour Current

Beyond The Red Wall

Charles Soutar reviews Deborah Mattinson’s book Beyond the Red Wall. Mattinson is the Director Strategy in Keir Starmer’s office so her analysis will most likely be informing Starmer’s response to the loss of Red Wall seats.

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The Fall of The Red Wall

Trevor Fisher reviews Steve Rayson’s The Fall of the Red Wall and the notion that Labour just needs to win back those lost seats and comes to the conclusion that this is only part of the problem.

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Labour’s 1918 transformation

Trevor Fisher looks at the stages of the development of the Labour Party. The history of the Labour Party divides into two phases. As any history book says the first stage began with the founding of the Labour Representation Committee on the weekend of 26-27th February 1900. However only 2 Labour MPs were elected in the 1900 election and progress was slow. 29 were elected in 1906 forming the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), but after the two elections of 1910 the Party still only had 42 MPs.

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The Fall of The Red Wall

Trevor Fisher reviews Steve Rayson’s The Fall of the Red Wall and the notion that Labour just needs to win back those lost seats and comes to the conclusion that this is only part of the problem.

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Labour’s 1918 transformation

Trevor Fisher looks at the stages of the development of the Labour Party. The history of the Labour Party divides into two phases. As any history book says the first stage began with the founding of the Labour Representation Committee on the weekend of 26-27th February 1900. However only 2 Labour MPs were elected in the 1900 election and progress was slow. 29 were elected in 1906 forming the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), but after the two elections of 1910 the Party still only had 42 MPs.

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Image credits:
Clement Atlee Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, Harold Wilson Allan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons, Tony Blair The Wolr Affairs Council, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

In this edition we look at and discuss comments by Wes Streeting MP on Labour’s poor performance. But on February 24th 2022 Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine. The world is being transformed and it is essential that there is increased understanding of the Russian imperialism that is being revealed. The Katyn massacre of 1940 is largely forgotten. We run a piece on what is involved and another on the fake news employed by the Putin regime to advance its programme. It is also vital to begin understanding the astonishing belief by the West that they had won and the world was now their oyster. The role of Francis Fukuyama and his dreadful book The End of History (1992) was catastrophic. History cannot end. The triumph of Neo Liberalism was a disaster. Putin understood this and planned accordingly. No politician in America or Europe understood this. The new world crisis produced by Russian Imperialism means understanding long run developments which have been neglected because the consensus in the corridors of power was that the future was secure. It is very clear as 2022 rolls on the future is anything but secure.
Trevor Fisher Editor
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