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.


PODCAST – Saving the party from disaster: lessons from Jo Grimond for the Liberal Democrats

Jo Grimond meeting John F Kennedy - public domain photo

Jo Grimond meeting John F Kennedy.

I’ve tried something a little different for this episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts: taking a look at the career of a previous party leader to see the lessons for the current Liberal Democrats.

I picked Jo Grimond, who saved the Liberal Party from disastrous election results and had a plan for a realignment on the left of British politics. You might be able to spot some parallels there…

No surprise that for my guest, I’m joined by the closest thing the party has to an official historian, Duncan Brack.

Hope you enjoy the show and do let us know what you think of it; would you like more shows looking at the lessons from other party leaders?

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