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.

Asย Winston Churchill said, explaining the practical application of history to forecasting,ย โ€œThe longer you can look back, the further you can look forwardโ€.

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


Great footage from the 1969 Islington North by-election

Some things are rather different about elections in North Islington now compared with 1969, but as this report from the 1969 Islington North by-election shows – not everything. Note in particular the early reference to immigration and housing.

Despite the less than flattering portrayal of levels of support for the Conservative candidate, he secured a 9.2% swing as Labour held the seat by just 1,534. Very different from modern Westminster contests in Islington, of course. The independent candidate, who gets a very favourable cut of the coverage, polled just 245 votes.