Fascism, the Security Service and the Curious Careers of Maxwell Knight and James McGuirk Hughes

Lobster Issue 22 (1991) £££

The idea that the Security Service, MI5, colluded with British fascism in the inter-war years is not to be found in the existing literature on the subject. On the contrary the fascists are depicted as the victims, rather than the beneficiaries of MI5’s attentions. MI5, it is generally argued, viewed fascism as a potential danger … Read more

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Philby naming names

Lobster Issue 16 (1988) £££

[…] leading circles of the British Government. Such propaganda campaigns always serve to hide current political purposes. So, at this particular time, the anti-Soviet provocations by the ruling Conservative powers, and especially the false mass of accusations concerning Soviet officials residing in London, as well as the choice of time to expand this propaganda, exposes […]

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The Tory Right between the wars

Lobster Issue 15 (1988) £££

[…] Con. MP Christchurch, Jan. 1910-18; Bournemouth,1918-40. Parliamentary Under-Sec., War, 1940-5. A tariff reformer who created the National Party in 1917 and was associated with almost every dissident Conservative organisation thereafter, including the EIA, the Imperial Economic Unity Group, the IDL and the anti-appeasement lobby. He was also a director of the Morning Post after […]

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Harold Wilson, the Bank of England and the Cecil King ‘coup’ of May 1968

Lobster Issue 56 (Winter 2008/9) £££

[…] community. Peter Jay in The Times warmly approved, while the paper’s financial editor argued that ‘what investment managers and the City were waiting for was a “sound”, conservative Budget. And this is what they have.’(37) The reaction was favourable enough to lead to a Bank Rate reduction of 0.5 of a percentage point on […]

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Elvis has left the building: Political Perspectives on the Fall of Polly Peck

Lobster Issue 41 (Summer 2001) £££

[…] alliance about Cyprus: their interests were almost identical. The British government had no apparent interest of its own in bringing down Nadir. In addition, why would a Conservative government wish to damage a figure, who it later emerged, had given some £400,000 in contributions to the Conservative Party? However, these objections leave out of […]

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Fifth Column: Plots, smoke and mirrors – managing our Muslim brothers

Lobster Issue 52 (Winter 2006/7) £££

The Kent and Sussex Courier is the archetypal regional conservative daily. It reflects an area that returns Conservative candidates for Parliament and Council like Alabamans would return ‘yellow dog’ Democrats. One recent police raid in ‘the war on terror’ was on an Islamic school, Jameah Islamiya, in Crowborough, East Sussex.()It is possible that the […]

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The Anglo-Rhodesian Society

Lobster Issue 22 (1991) £££

[…] discovered that, as usual with the British right, there was no substantial account of it. Here is the result of an initial trawl. Future historians of the Conservative Party may discover that upon its heart in the 1960s “Rhodesia” was indelibly graven.(1) With the arrival of Mrs Thatcher in 1975 came “the New Right”, […]

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How to Fix an Election

Lobster Issue 43 (Summer 2002) £££

[…] that the prosecutor at their subsequent trial described their efforts as ‘the largest attempt to subvert the democratic process’ ever discovered in Britain. (3) Isaac Leibowitz ( Conservative) and Zev Leiberman (Liberal Democrat) pulled off the Tipp-Ex trick on a grand scale. Under their careful watch, Hackney’s population of proxy voters rose by over […]

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The Party of Business and the Business of Parties

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Lobster Issue 44 (Winter 2002/3) £££

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 […]

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Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain by Phil Burton-Cartledge

Lobster Issue 84 (Winter 2022) FREE
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[PDF file]: The Nasty Party Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain Phil Burton-Cartledge London: Verso, 2021 Scott Newton The British Conservative Party is one of the most successful election winning machines in the world. It has been in power, either on its own or as part of a coalition, for 71 […]

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