Contamination, the Labour Party, nationalism and the Blairites

Contamination, the Labour Party, nationalism and the Blairites In footnote 6 in his essay on the Bilderberg group in Lobster 32, Mike Peters noted that the US Left had lost interest in the study of the power elite because the subject had become ‘contaminated’ by the interest in it taken by the US Right.(1) […]

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The Labour Finance and Industry Group: a memoir

[…] if there was ever to be access to office. This is what most of us who are over a certain age would recognise as politics. The New Labour revolution of the mid-1990s (a reaction to an earlier Leftist attempt to capture the Movement and so the Party) took what it thought was the easy […]

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The once and future king?

[…] is not attempted by Hosken. This is a great shame as there are signs from other sources that Ken himself was politically active prior to joining the Labour Party. It was recently reported that Sir Christopher Gent, currently Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, said that Livingstone had been an Executive Member of the Young Conservatives, in […]

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Atlantic Crossings

[…] inculcate American notions of free market economics and union-management relations – and good feelings about America – there were operations aimed at the wider public and the Labour Party. Large numbers of Labour MPs and trade unionists were paid to visit the United States. Among the Gaitskellite grouping in the Parliamentary party, Gaitskell, George […]

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New Labour, New Atlanticism: US and Tory intervention in the unions since the 1970s

[…] part of Labour’s Atlanticist network. Three of them, George Robertson, Lord John Gilbert and John Speller, are members of two interrelated bodies, the Atlantic Council and its labour movement wing, the Trades Union Committee for European and Transatlantic Understanding (TUCETU). The fourth, Dr John Reid, has spoken at TUCETU conferences. Peter Mandelson, the most […]

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In a Common Cause: the Anti-Communist Crusade in Britain 1945-60

[…] origins of IRD 1947 saw the creation of the Foreign Office’s Information Research Department (IRD). It is generally accepted that IRD was the brain-child of the then Labour M.P. Christopher Mayhew, who had served in one of the ‘secret armies’ (The Phantoms) and the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the war. The received chronology […]

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The subversion hunters and the social democrats in the 1970s

The subversion hunters and the social democrats in the 1970s The arrival of Harold Wilson as leader of the Labour Party must have been a serious shock to the Anglo-American intelligence services. One minute the party was in the complete control of a faction which they had been promoting – ‘running’ would be too […]

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Terrorism, Anti-Semitism and Dissent

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[…] but also brings us nearest to the present with his critique of the British newspaper columnists who supported the Iraq invasion. George Galloway MP, expelled from the Labour Party after allegations about his closeness to the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, brings together elements of the other three in a stinging criticism of Tony […]

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Pissing in or pissing out? The ‘big tent’ of Green Alliance

[…] for sustainable development.’ The Green Globe Task Force shares an office with Green Alliance in Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1. The Green Business Evening at the 1998 Labour Party Conference was funded, somewhat alarmingly given their extensive road building interests, by Tarmac, a major Green Alliance supporter. The government has an Advisory Committee on […]

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The Party of Business and the Business of Parties

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Labour Party PLC David Osler Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, £15.99, 2002 Colin Challen MP Having written a history of Conservative Party funding, (1) I had been wondering when somebody would get round to doing a similar job on Labour. However, Labour Party plc is more than a simple history of party financing, it seeks to show […]

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