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The question of what political impact Spitting Image really had has been in the news again recently. It’s always been a particularly interesting for former members of the Liberal Party, with many believing that the portrayal of David Steel as being in David Owen’s pocket seriously damaged the party. Not all who believe that think […]
Predictions for what is about to happen to the economic system, or even more narrowly the financial system, are notoriously unreliable, as shown by this newspaper front page from just before the US stock market plunged again in 1929: I took that photo at the Museum of American Finance, which also has a hard copy […]
Probably the most famous, even infamous, version of Liberator magazine came out during 1984. With Liberal Party leader David Steel coming to the end of a year long sabbatical as party leader, Liberator speculated that it was time for him to go and produced this pointed round-up of the strengths and weaknesses of possible successors.
The potted candidate biographies which appear in election leaflets these days are so dull compared to this gem from 1945, which I found in The British General Election of 1945: His most thrilling weekend was when he shot and killed a tiger which had for months killed the coolies’ cattle; a few hours later he […]
David Penhaligon is now best remembered for making by far the most memorable exhortation to deliver political leaflets: "Stick it on a piece of paper, and stuff it through a letter box".
Peter Hart’s book is a fascinating account of the last year of fighting on the Western Front, even though in the end he leaves a big question unanswered. Hart is one of the historians believing what is now very much the mainstream view, namely that by 1918 the British Army (including the soldiers from around […]
News that millions of pages of diaries from British soldiers in the First World War are being published online reminds me of some of the main conclusions from previous academic studies of such diaries and other personal paperwork. British soldiers on the western front were regularly rotated out of the front line, spending much of […]
Stuart Ball’s collections of election posters from the Conservative Party Archive at the Bodleian is really two books in one. First, a sumptuously produced full colour collection of Conservative political posters from the last century and second, interspersed with that, a clear and succinct retelling of the history of the last century’s politics from the […]
Dating from 1909, this Conservative poster was intended as an attack on the then Chancellor of the Exchequer's support for free trade, which he and the Liberals frequently couched in terms of bringing about free (ie free of tariffs) food. Yet Lloyd George's own People's Budget proposed not only keeping many duties on food and drink, it even proposed some increases.