Unintended consequences? Splits from Labour 1981-2019

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Unintended consequences? Splits from Labour 1981-2019

On Monday 26th January 1981 the ‘gang of four’ Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams, then all current or ex- senior Labour MPs made the Limehouse Declaration and formed the Council for Social Democracy.

Ultimately they split from Labour to form the SDP which in due course became what is today the Liberal Democrats. It is worth noting that they were all much more significant and experienced political figures than those who split from Labour on February 18th

It is probably too soon to understand what the SDP means and meant historically (& likewise the countervailing trend that stayed in Labour- New Labour) which is a problem for those who might try in some way to launch an SDP Mark 2 in 2019. It could be argued that the main impact was not to launch a new ‘centre’ (or what would…

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Britpop/Brexit

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Jon Savage raises the interesting idea that the Britpop moment was related causally to this catastrophic Brexit thing we’re needlessly going through.

It did somehow contribute to the re-continuation, re-construction of a type of English identity. The Blair worked for me up until Iraq. Then I voted Green.

Now, any form of sentimental nationalism which I may have once indulged in – like eating nostalgically from an over-rich box of Christmas chocolate liqueurs – just makes me want to VOM.

I tried listening to Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ a few months back & I just could stomach it. UKIP have ruined such previous apparently harmless rural Edwardian fantasies.

Sleaford Mods as Savage points out in his article. Just that.