Author Archives: Emily Robinson

Going backwards and forwards

While I’m on the subject of the Milibands and the past, I’ve been meaning to highlight this image, posted by the Spectator in response to Ed’s conference speech last week. Its message is clear. Ed is socialist. Socialism is associated … Continue reading

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Miliband, the Mail and the National Past

The controversy that has blown up over the Daily Mail’s attacks on Ralph Miliband raises two distinct questions about the way we use the past. First is the matter of far it continues to influence the present. Should Ed Miliband … Continue reading

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New review of History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics

A very generous and thought-provoking review by Scott Anthony of History, Heritage and Tradition has just been published in Twentieth Century British History. An extract is available here (subscribers can view the full text). The comparison it draws with Adam Curtis’ film … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher and The Invention of Industrial Pasts

In a week dominated by the death of Margaret Thatcher and ongoing contestation over her memory and legacy, it seems fitting to receive my copy of a new book on The Invention of Industrial Pasts edited by Peter Itzen and Christian Müller. … Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s own ‘Spirit of ’45’

Ken Loach’s new documentary The Spirit of ’45 is a romantic tribute to the achievements and ideals of the 1945 Labour government, with a clear political message. It cuts from an idealised social democratic nation celebrating the Festival of Britain … Continue reading

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Academia and the War of the Words

When I started my first university teaching position I was amazed, and slightly shocked, by all the acronyms that were floating around. And I’m not just talking about those for specific organisations and processes – AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research … Continue reading

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What does progressive really mean?

Last year, YouGov asked 1,651 people what they understood by the term progressive. The exact question asked was: Sometimes in politics people talk about things being ‘progressive’. In your own words, how would you define the term ‘progressive’? Here is … Continue reading

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