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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 Posts2003 – The Iraq War Protests (20 Jul 2015) 2002 – The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics (13 Jul 2015) 2001 – September 11 (6 Jul 2015) 2000 Read More

2012 – The London Paralympics

21/09/2015

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 Posts1988 – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (6 Apr 2015) 1987 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

2009 – H1N1

31/08/2015

25 April 2009 – Geneva Overall … I consider [the British government’s] response to have been proportionate and effective. There is much good practice on which to build. I heard nothing but praise and admiration from those interviewed for the health service and health protection staff right across the UK who led the response to Read More

2008 – The Great Recession

24/08/2015

29 September 2008 – New York The economic climate of the early twenty-first century will be explained with reference to the stock market crash in 2008. Because exactly the same circumstances that allowed the economy to grow so much over the 2000s led to the recession that continues to affect the Western world. Related Posts30-for-30: Read More

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