Here are my posts which have an historical theme. You will notice the emphasis on 19th century British political history in particular, a period which I studied for my history PhD.

As Winston Churchill said, explaining the practical application of history to forecasting, “The longer you can look back, the further you can look forward”.

Plus, history is just such fun, with a wealth of amazing stories, fascinating details and important lessons for the present.


The rise and fall of inflation: tracking the concerns of MPs

There are all sorts of oddities and curiosities to be found in old Parliamentary debates, including the occasion during the Second World War when MPs took time out from debating the war to debate polling methodologies (see my book, Polling UnPacked for more on that).

But there’s also plenty of interest to be found in the trends in word usage too, as shown by the rise, fall and possible rise again of uses of the word ‘inflation’ in the House of Commons:

Use of the word 'inflation' in the House of Commons from 1900 to 2021

Graph from the excellent Hansard at Huddersfield site.

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