historical stuff by Gareth Millward





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 Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) 2007 – The iPhone (17 Aug 2015) 2005 – Hurricane Katrina (3 Aug Read More

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 Posts2006 – Pluto (10 Aug 2015) 2002 – The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics (13 Jul 2015) 2001 – September 11 (6 Jul 2015) 2000 – The Millennium Read More



Bias is when a source, deliberately or not, shows an inclination towards a particular group or person. Related Posts1998 – Google, Inc. (15 Jun 2015) 1997 – The 1997 General Election (8 Jun 2015) 1996 – BSE (1 Jun 2015) 1995 – The Oklahoma City Bombing (25 May 2015) 1994 – The Rwandan Genocide (18 Read More

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 PostsWhat is history? (22 Oct 2014) Neoliberalism (10 Oct 2014) George Read More

2010 – Wikileaks


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


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


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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