Reviews

‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Was 1954 the most boring year in British politics?

Was 1954 the most boring year in British politics?

60 years ago this year....nothing happened. Well, very little. Of all the years in the last century, was there a year when so little happend in British politics, as in 1954? We did not see a general election, a change of prime minister or monarch, a war, significant social change or very much else.

Is 1954 the equivalent of the square on Ordnance Survey maps which has almost nothing in it? (The most empty square is on map 112 with grid reference SE830220, near Scunthorpe.)

Rationing of meat did finally end in the UK in 1954, but even that was more a case of something not happening.

Any other nominations?




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