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

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 Posts2014 Read More

2005 – Hurricane Katrina


29 August 2005 – New Orleans It’s been ten years since Katrina tore through the South East of the United States, causing thousands to lose their lives and billions of dollars worth of damage. The impact on people’s lives is being felt to this day. Natural disasters such as this are, for obvious reasons, highly 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.

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

Beyond the Barriers – New Spartacus Report


The Spartacus group, which produced Responsible Reform, has just published its latest report on the Employment and Support Allowance. Beyond the Barriers has taken evidence from around Europe, the results of the government’s own enquiries and some primary research of its own to produce a highly critical report. It suggests alternatives to the controversial Work Read More

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


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

More VAHS stuff – and thank you George!


At some point I will be updating this blog more regularly. Possibly after my viva. Anyway, I wrote a blog post for the good people at the VAHS again based on the paper I gave to their conference in Huddersfield earlier this year.

Let’s take this opportunity also to thank George Gosling (check out his blog!) for his tireless work editing the VAHS site over the past year or so. There’s been some really good content and discussion over there. As he steps down, let’s hope his successor can keep up his level of output. Cheers, George!

Private Members’ Bills


Private Members’ Bills can be great tools in the right hands. The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act came into being this way, as did the Acts abolishing the death penalty and legalising abortion. Some of them, however, are put in the hands of less progressive individuals. Take Alec Shelbrooke’s attempt to pay social security Read More

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