Tony Blair’s press secretary says that he’s exactly the kind of young man that any Beaconsfield mother would be happy to welcome as her daughter’s escort to the Young Conservative dance.
With the Labour Party currently at war over the heart, soul, the future (and in some cases of the dangerous historical rewriting by political commentators), its past and those of its leadership candidates, let us use actual evidence to relive one of the great modernising moments in the history of the Labour Party. And while we’re at it, let’s palm our faces at the repetition unearthed from one small book and one survey carried out at the start of the swinging 60s.
I’m currently working on a dissertation about British Politics and that nebulous ‘Dark Art’ called ‘Spin’. One element of this includes the use of focus groups and polling to inject facts into the process of campaigning and then into the communication of government policy to the electorate. I say ‘facts’, I mean anything but as you will soon see.