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#PostConsensusBritain

12/09/2016

“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.

Yes, we probably need to better define “neoliberalism”

01/09/2016

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 Posts2011 – The Arab Spring (14 Sep 2015) 2009 – H1N1 (31 Aug 2015) 2008 – The Great Recession (24 Aug 2015) 2007 – The iPhone (17 Aug Read More

2010 – Wikileaks

07/09/2015

25 July 2010 – The Internet… Sensitive documents have always been leaked. Sometimes these come from “whistle blowers”, unhappy at the way institutions or government departments have acted. Sometimes these can be deliberately managed by institutions to try to control the media narrative or support their cause. Social media and mass use of the internet, Read More

1989 – The Fall of the Berlin Wall

13/04/2015

9 November 1989 – Berlin Mauerfall1 is one of two iconic events in my lifetime that might be said to mark the “end” of the twentieth century world.2 I would say it was the most important. The world before 1989 was a different place. That sounds trite, but it’s true. I’m too young to remember Read More

1985 – WrestleMania

16/03/2015

31 March 1985 – New York City This was the moment that the modern version of professional wrestling – cartoon characters, big venues, loud music, pyrotechnics and Spandex went global. Or, at least, Vincent McMahon Jr’s version of it. But despite a relative decline in popularity over recent years, the idea of “predetermined” or “choreographed” Read More

Co-operation or conflict – how best to tackle injustice?

07/04/2014

A few weeks ago, I came across a statement from a disability organisation, furious about cuts to the Independent Living Fund. The Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) coalition appears to have gained quite a lot of traction in recent years through social media. But its tone has always worried and fascinated me in equal Read More

Dominic Sandbrook and questionable history – the sixties and the Daily Mail

02/01/2014

Reading the Daily Mail can, obviously, be bad for one’s health. But recently I was directed to a piece by a Conservative-supporting Facebook friend of mine condemning the legacy of Labour in the 1960s. Pretty normal for the Mail, of course, and nothing new from Sandbrook. However, his basic conclusion – that the use of Read More

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