Student demonstrations at Manchester in 1971
In 2005, when Tony Blair was still prime minister and people still believed he was presiding over a British economic miracle, his party conference speech made a pointed historical detour. Jim Callaghan, his predecessor as Labour premier, had died a few months earlier. Blair paid him, and other Labour politicians who ran Britain in the 1970s, a distinctly double-edged tribute: “they were great people. But [they] were not ready… to see change was coming.”
Conservatives are less restrained about Britain’s 1970s governments. The IMF crisis, the winter of discontent, overwhelmed ministers, Britain at a…
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