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Prisoners of the past

This book examines the impact that nostalgia has had on the Labour Party’s political development since 1951. In contrast to existing studies that have emphasised the role played by modernity, it argues that nostalgia has defined Labour’s identity and determined the party’s trajectory over time. It outlines how Labour, at both an elite and a grassroots level, has been and remains heavily influenced by a nostalgic commitment to an era of heroic male industrial working-class struggle. This commitment has hindered policy discussion, determined the form that the modernisation process has taken and shaped internal conflict and cohesion. More broadly, Labour’s emotional attachment to the past has made it difficult for the party to adjust to the socioeconomic changes that have taken place in Britain. In short, nostalgia has frequently left the party out of touch with the modern world. In this way, this book offers an assessment of Labour’s failures to adapt to the changing nature and demands of post-war Britain.

Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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did not find what he said about the railways to be so, even though it was expressed in the same blunt and colourful language: This Government’s rail plan isn’t a recipe for efficiency, it’s a recipe for exploitation with the train operators given the green light to rob passengers blind to travel on overcrowded and unsafe trains in the name of private profit. Axing ticket offices and guards will turn stations and trains into a criminal’s paradise. For passengers it will mean the double scandal of being mugged by those who set the fares and then running the risk of

in Bob Crow: Socialist, leader, fighter
Geographical networks of auxiliary medical care in the First World War

, utilising a range of wood–metal–steam geographies. 36 Stretchers, ambulances, ships, ambulance trains, railways and canals were identifiably non-human components of this relational geography. 37 Official war histories show sketch drawings of the front-line arrangements 38 a micro-scale network of dressing-stations, stretcher parties and ultimate connection to CCS and

in Medicine, health and Irish experiences of conflict 1914–45

encounters with the judicial authorities. Childhood and youth, 1936–61 The world of Berlusconi’s early childhood was one of hardship – but also of aspiration. He was born on Tuesday 29 September 1936 in via Volturno, in a district 18 Emergence of Milan known as l’Isola or ‘the Island’, a name which may have come from the neighbourhood’s relative isolation thanks to the construction of a railway that cut off former points of access from other areas nearby. Situated about two and half kilometres to the north of the city centre, l’Isola was a district whose blocks of

in Silvio Berlusconi

Ellen Killeen in Toher was raided and quantities of money, tobacco, cigarettes, whiskey, chocolate and five suits of clothes were stolen. On the same night the Civic Guard station in Ahascragh was attacked once more, the guards were beaten, and their uniforms and bedding were set alight. A second assault on the Civic Guards took place at the railway station, Ballinasloe. On 22 May the Munster and Leinster Bank, Athenry, was held up and £500 stolen. In June the post offices at Gurtymadden and Tynagh were raided and the ticket money from a dance held at Cappataggle was

in The west must wait
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General Workers’ Union Hall on O’Connell Street, which was also the IRA Brigade HQ. The Fianna collected ‘all dispatches from [IRA] GHQ which arrived in Limerick at the railway station’. ‘The messages, which usually were carried by the train staff, were handed over to a contact in the Railway office and then collected by our members and brought to IRA Brigade HQ’, explained Thomas Dargan. ‘Messages for HQ were delivered at the station and then forwarded to Dublin by the same procedure.’ The Fianna in the city of Limerick were responsible for delivering ‘GHQ dispatches

in Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Revolution, 1909–23
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overwhelming majority in favour of strike action and the union mounted the first major national railway strike in a decade, beating off an i­ njunction   1  For a history of unions on the London Underground from the 1990s onwards, see Eady (2016).   2  Berlin (2006: 81).   3  Berlin (2006: 82).   4  Crow (2012a: 154). 29 Bob Crow: Socialist, leader, fighter sought by BR [British Rail]. The significance of the 1989 strike went well beyond BR capitulating on the immediate issues. For the first time a major union had not only conducted a successful strike ballot under Tory

in Bob Crow: Socialist, leader, fighter
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Free State stood in stark contrast to the reality of the continued rural depopulation of the west. In August 1927, a reporter for the Galway Observer captured the emotive pain of these departures. I saw heartbroken fathers and mothers with the snows of many winters on their heads and tear bedimmed eyes take their last farewell of strapping sons and splendid specimens of womanhood at the railway station on Wednesday. The young people were bound for America. It was a saddening, a never to be forgotten sight. One old man who I was told had come all Prologue xxi the

in The west must wait

coin into my palm as we left. Those houses are all gone now, demolished to make way for the motorway, but the cemetery is still there. My mother’s first job after leaving school at 14 was as an apprentice carpet layer, but illness forced her to give that up. At 16 she went to work at the Meter Record Office – where she met my father, a meter reader – and from there to the railway station booking office and then the tax office. When she was first married and expecting me, the couple lived in her mother’s small terraced house in Holmfield Road, St Annes. In 1950 my

in Change and the politics of certainty