My encounter with George K. Young and Tory Action, 1979-1988

[…] 1979 I moved to London to work for Price Waterhouse. I wrote to GKY and asked if there was anything I could do to help his organisation, Tory Action. He asked me to meet him, which I did at the Lansdowne Club on 13 September 1979. GKY warmed to the fact that I had […]

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Our Friends in the North West: The Owen Oyston Affair

[…] the village of Longridge, Lancs, was backed by help and cash payments raised by two former government ministers and a millionaire friend of Margaret Thatcher. The former Tory ministers are Sir Robert Atkins and Lord Blaker. Their target was the Labour Party’s biggest private contributor in the days of Neil Kinnock’s leadership. Sir Robert […]

Mrs Thatcher, North Sea oil and the hegemony of the City

[…] big rip-off. I wonder how it’s being done? So I did a little digging, though I could see how the ideology of the Thatcher wing of the Tory Party connected to the disappearance of oil revenues from the UK economy; and wrote a piece called ‘The Theft of North Sea Oil’ which I eventually […]

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The Anglo-Rhodesian Society

[…] Mrs Thatcher in 1975 came “the New Right”, with about as much claim to be called “new” as had the “New Left’ a decade earlier. Although the Tory right has a history with the same kinds of continuities and discontinuities as the Labour left, it lacks a detailed historical record like there is of […]

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The Tory Right between the wars

Anti-Alienism in England after the First World War – David Cesarani – in Immigrants and Minorities, March 1987 Pressure Groups, Tory Businessmen and the aura of political corruption before the First World War – Frans Coetzee – in Historical Journal, December 1986 Military Intelligence and the defence of the realm: the surveillance of soldiers […]

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Notes From the Underground: British Fascism 1974-92

[…] of the British state. Furthermore, there was an overlap in terms of interests, and sometimes of membership, between the National Front (hereafter NF) and groups on the Tory Right, such as Lady Jane Birdwood’s Choice and other anti-immigration forums. At first sight, one might have expected party fascists (i.e. those who were members of […]

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Contamination, the Labour Party, nationalism and the Blairites

[…] crude leadership bid.'(5) (emphasis added) Opposing the European Union (EU), a section of the British Labour Left is in danger of contamination by a section of the Tory Right, which also opposes the EU. Labour Left opponents of the EU thus to have to try to ensure that they are not contaminated by such […]

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Digression 3

[…] is often presented as something of a figure of fun – but he isn’t that. His ’92 Group’ seems to have remained a well-kept secret within the Tory Party for over twenty years until 1983, and is now reported to be the largest Tory Party grouping at Westminster, with over 80 MPs. The ‘New […]

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Feedback

[…] office since 1923); or that the Tories’ 154 net gains in 1924 came from Labour (two thirds were from the Liberals); or that the increase in the Tory vote came from former Labour voters. Labour’s numerical vote increased by 24%: if Zinoviev was meant to reduce the Labour vote, it was a total failure. […]

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Western Goals (UK)

[…] with it. In June 1987 they published a report on Christian Aid (researched by David Neil- Smith) which was well received by conservative newspapers; and at the Tory Party conference in October that year the charities were the main target of the Goalies fringe meeting, ‘Alms for the Poor or Arms for Communism?’ This […]

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