historical stuff by Gareth Millward



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 Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Yes, we probably Read More

George Gosling: Charities and Government


Fellow historian George Gosling has written a more in-depth piece about Brooks Newmark‘s (brief) tenure as Civil Society minister, and detailed some of the worrying attitudes towards the voluntary sector from the Conservative hierarchy in recent years. The historical background is particularly interesting.

You can read his piece here.

That guy is just the worst. The. Worst, you guys…


The Independent ran a piece this week on whether David Cameron risked becoming the worst prime minister of all time. Like, in forever, guys. Srsly. Now, I sort of think this isn’t a bad little game to play. Thinking back over the Prime Ministers you remembered, the ones you studied – the stories you vaguely Read More

Charity is politics – only English “common sense” pretends otherwise


The claim by Brooks Newmark that charities should stick to knitting rather than politics was greeted with some rather amusing responses. But it betrayed two deeper elements of English politics. First, conservative (small c) Englishmen believe so uncritically that charity is somehow a neutral, apolitical beast. And second, a complete lack of understanding about the Read More

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


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

Can the Conservative Party Re-Write History?


Well, here’s a good “water cooler” conversation for history departments across the country: if you can no longer Google something, did it ever happen? Today, Twitter was abuzz that the British Conservative Party has been attempting to remove speeches made by its senior members between 2000 and 2010 – that is, the ten years before Read More

A non-history podcast with some history thrown in


Interested in the recent news of the Great Firewall of Britain, an old internet friend of mine Jordan Cooper invited me onto his podcast to have a chat about Cameron, the UK economy and the historical differences between British and American politics. Not really much history chat going on, but if you’re interested in tech, politics and swearing, you might enjoy it.

At one point he describes me as a Conservative. I resisted the urge to punch him in the face.


Click to listen

One Nation Under Dog


Labour leader Ed Miliband has declared that his party stands for One Nation Britain.1 Cue talk about the history of One Nationism2 and a return to Victorian values.3 Of course, it is the Conservative Party that has claimed the One Nation as its own, although the group has since become largely redundant in the Parliamentary Read More

The Government, Voluntary Action and History Repeating


It has been reported that the Office for Disability Issues wants to form a new umbrella body for disabled people – the Disability Action Alliance (DAA). Allegedly Disability Rights UK (DRUK) will be appointed as the organisers of this cooperative ‘which will be tasked with producing new disability policies for the coalition’.1 Now, before I Read More

DWP Figures for Disability Benefit. Is It Slowly Getting Better?


Strictly this isn’t historical, but does relate to the work I did a few months ago at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.1 Some basic explanation to start with. Atos Healthcare are a private company with expertise in IT and database systems. They are hired by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to Read More

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