June 29, 2010 |
The last time Britain's Labor Party was banished to the political wilderness, it wandered there, chastened and weak, for 18 years. This time, party stalwart Frances Butt doesn't expect such a long exile. "I don't feel quite as depressed about this, because in my mind, it's only temporary," Butt, 66, said of the party's recent fall from grace. "It gives us time to regroup, to get ourselves organized, to get focused and to get our energies back." After 13 years in government, the left-of-center Labor was exhausted and limping by last month's general election.
October 5, 1986 |
Has Britain's Labor Party changed? After eight years in opposition and two electoral defeats, its leaders know that the old image of the Labor Party is not a vote-grabber. So, at their annual conference last week, they took pains to sell the electorate a new, improved version. Out goes the working-class, loony-left Labor, symbolized by the cloth-cap and clenched fist; in comes the middle-class, pastel-tints Labor, symbolized by the red rose that worked so well for France's Socialists.
May 6, 2010 |
In the trendy neighborhood where it all began, the centrist revolution led by Tony Blair — the swaggering days of "Cool Britannia," the unprecedented 13 years of Labor Party rule — could be sputtering to an exhausted, inglorious end. The north London borough of Islington is the spiritual home of "New Labor," the modern, sleek, election-winning machine that Blair, a onetime resident, honed out of the unreconstructed old Marxist party....
July 19, 1992 |
On that April night when Neil Kinnock's new model Labor Party confounded the pundits and opinion polls and lost the British election, Bill Clinton tore up the speech of triumph he was planning to deliver. The speech was to have been about "a wind of change sweeping across the Atlantic," just as Margaret Thatcher's victory in 1979, had paved the way for the Reagan Revolution the following year, so, once again, the political fortunes of the Anglo-Saxon world were moving in step.
March 24, 1990 |
A "disappointed" Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Friday that despite one of her Conservative Party's most humiliating by-election defeats in more than half a century, she will stick to the policies that have kept her in office for nearly 11 years. "We are not a 'fair-weather' party," the 64-year-old prime minister stated in a letter to party Chairman Kenneth Baker. "We are not for trimming and turning."
November 17, 1992 |
Prime Minister John Major "repeatedly misled" Parliament about Britain's pre-Persian Gulf War aid to Iraq, Labor Party trade spokesman Robin Cook charged Monday, insisting that new, confidential government documents prove his claim "beyond a reasonable doubt." But Major continued to deny that he had early knowledge of a shipment of arms-making machine tools from Britain to Baghdad.