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Every boy and every girl: inside the curious politics of the Spice Girls, from Churchill to #metoo

From Mandela to Prince Charles and even Winston Churchill, the Spice Girls have cast their political gaze far and wide. But the real political story of the Spice Girls isn't about funny interview quotes or glib references to 'Girl Power'

By Penny Andrews  

The Spice Girls have always been political. Photo: Prospect composite

The Spice Girls were laughed at early on by sensible journalists—who have, of course, never committed anything ridiculous to print—for Geri Horner (née Halliwell) and her proclamation that Margaret Thatcher was “the first Spice Girl.” The two Mels, as Labour voters, were not happy at the time to be tarred with the “Thatcherite” brush.

Little did the media realise how important Ginger, Sporty, Scary, Baby and Posh would be to UK politics over a period of more than two decades—even if Tony Blair turned…

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