historical stuff by Gareth Millward





“To keep conversations around this possible network going, let’s use the hashtag #PostConsensusBritain. Keen to hear from interested parties.”
(Dion Geogiou, Twitter.)

This could be an interesting way of exploring what this whole “post-1970s thing” is, if indeed it is a thing, which it probably is but neoliberalism probably isn’t the right word, but it might be, but it probably isn’t.

I will almost certainly talk more about this in due course. But my immediate thoughts are that “Post Consensus Britain” is an important and growing sub-set of contemporary British history. It has some distinct parts to it – but to separate it off from the wider study of post-war Britain would be a mistake. It will be interesting to see what my fellow history-didn’t-end-in-1979-ers think.



Literally, agenda means “things to be done”. In political terms, however, it has come to mean either a set of priorities for a particular organisation or – increasingly – the hidden motives of an individual or group. Related Posts2005 – Hurricane Katrina (3 Aug 2015) 2004 – The Facebook (27 Jul 2015) 2003 – The Read More

I’ve had a bit of a spruce…


I left this place a little neglected last year. My apologies to the four of you who used to read things.

My CV is now updated to reflect the fact that I’m employed and have written some stuff. I’ve also begun the slow process of actually finishing the 30-for-30. You can “enjoy” reading about flu, Julian Assange and the Arab Spring if you so wish.

Looking to keep this place a bit more active. So, expect a flurry of activity for a month before total silence again.

Yes, we probably need to better define “neoliberalism”


Well. Twitter seems to be in a bit of a state. That’s not new. But this week’s debate is over whether neoliberalism is really a thing. Related Posts2000 – The Millennium Bug (29 Jun 2015) 1999 – The Columbine High School Massacre (22 Jun 2015) 1998 – Google, Inc. (15 Jun 2015) 1997 – The Read More



Bias is when a source, deliberately or not, shows an inclination towards a particular group or person. Related Posts1995 – The Oklahoma City Bombing (25 May 2015) 1994 – The Rwandan Genocide (18 May 2015) 1993 – Maastricht and NAFTA (11 May 2015) 1992 – The Premier League (4 May 2015) 1991 – The Croatian Read More

2013 – The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI


28 February 2013 – Vatican City Pope’s aren’t supposed to retire. It’s meant to be a job for life. Albeit, quite a short life, since most Bishops of Rome aren’t given the gig until they’re already old men. It’s the way it’s supposed to work. Related PostsThe Easter Standardisation Hypothesis (30 Aug 2012)

2012 – The London Paralympics


29 August 2012 – London The London Paralympics went mainstream. At least in Britain. Continued enthusiasm following the successful Summer Olympics, combined with a concerted effort by Channel 4 to promote the games, led to a focus on disability sport like never before. Related PostsHelp for Heroes are political – don’t pretend otherwise (25 Sep Read More

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