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Billy Bragg

By Arthur Aughey  

The Progressive Patriot: A Search for Belonging by Billy Bragg Bantam Press £17.99

At the beginning of the Boulting Brothers’ film I’m All Right Jack (1959) we are shown footage of the VE Day celebrations in London and hear a posh and pompous newsreel narrator praising the courage and fortitude of the British fighting spirit. With victory, the voice continues, has come a new age in which the working man will carry the spirit of common endeavour from the battlefield into the factory. At which point we glimpse a drunken Victor Maddern in the character of the obstreperous Knowlesie, halfway…

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