Richard Crossman: A Reforming Radical of the Labour Party by Victoria Honeyman

By Victoria Honeyman

"Yes, Minister! No, Minister! if you want it, Minister!" - Richard Crossman, Diaries Vol. 1As a political candidate and character, Richard Crossman used to be whatever however the deferential public servant he mocked so concisely. This revealing biography of the devoted radical Labour baby-kisser deals the main whole photograph of his vibrant existence and demonstrates many desirable connections among his political pondering and the formation of recent Labour.Richard Crosssman served as an MP from 1945 until eventually almost immediately sooner than his loss of life in 1974 and is remembered as a fiery speaker, committed leftist and writer of the arguable three-volume Diaries of a cupboard Minister - released within the face of robust criminal competition from the govt.. This finished new biography explores the connections among his own heritage and his political convictions. His existence not just highlights a formative interval in British politics but additionally offers insights into modern British politics. Weaving jointly the non-public and public, Honeyman unveils a political candidate who fought with commitment for his political views whereas again and again attempting to shake up the service provider of the Labour celebration.

Show description

Read or Download Richard Crossman: A Reforming Radical of the Labour Party PDF

Best great britain books

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into lifestyles Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even prior to their authentic incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely inconceivable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - that they had by no means even served jointly within the related theatre.

Top 10 Scotland (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)

Take the determine of making plans any journey with DK's Eyewitness most sensible 10 commute publications. Branded with DK's relied on and commonly used "Eyewitness" sort, those compact publications make discovering the easiest each vacation spot has to supply more straightforward than ever prior to! excellent for either company go back and forth and vacation trips, no matter if you are looking for the best food or the cheapest locations to consume, the main sumptuous lodges or the easiest offers on areas to stick, the easiest relations vacation spot or the most popular nightspot, Eyewitness best 10 trip publications offer present, priceless info in line with the perception of neighborhood specialists to discover the easiest of every little thing at each one vacation spot.

Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Eighteenth Century

This e-book tackles the position of Parliament within the behavior of eighteenth-century overseas coverage, the effect of this coverage on parliamentary politics, and the standard of parliamentary debates. Drawing on quite a lot of British and international archival assets, it truly is a big research for assessing eighteenth-century Britain and for knowing the position of contingency within the evaluate of political structures.

A History of Modern Britain

This attractive quantity tells the tale of the way the nice political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated through a tradition of consumerism, superstar, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders discovered themselves confounded through the British humans, who consistently became out to be more durable to herd than estimated.

Additional info for Richard Crossman: A Reforming Radical of the Labour Party

Example text

This meant that in many areas, including nationalisation, the party could be guided by existing plans, though this was often fairly problematic in practice. ’14 In addition, the government was far stronger than the Labour governments under MacDonald had been, with a majority of 159 in the Commons and experience of government during the Second World War. 15 The success of these measures and the desire for a new approach to government which the Labour Party had outlined, gathered public support to the party and nationalisation began to feature seriously on the political agenda.

Within Parliament, he began to associate with a small group of predominantly left wing MPs which included the influential left wing minister Aneurin Bevan. The ‘Bevanites’ as they were later christened included the authors of Keep Left. 44 The Bevanite group also contained, on a more temporary basis, Harold Wilson. When Bevan resigned from the Attlee cabinet in 1951 in protest over the level of public spending being committed to the Korean War, Harold Wilson and John Freeman resigned with him. Freeman left politics and succeeded Kingsley Martin as editor of the New Statesman in 1955, a job which Crossman had eagerly sought.

Thorpe argued that Bevan was surrounded by an intellectual circle of associates who seem to have encouraged him to consider more ideological issues, though he seems to have required little encouragement, probably egged on by his personal animosity for many of those on the right and his deeply held left wing views. ‘Bevan was not anti-intellectual: far from it. 6 The meaning of individual terms and labels can be interpreted differently by different groups, within different geographical locations and over different eras.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.75 of 5 – based on 47 votes