Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics [NOOK Book]

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'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT', was the famous headline claim of Britain's most popular newspaper following the Conservative party's victory over Labour in the 1992 general election. The headline referred to a virulent press campaign against Neil Kinnock's Labour party, and dramatically highlighted one of the chief features of British politics during the twentieth century - the conflict between a socialist Labour party and a capitalist popular press. Labour's frequent complaints of the political and electoral unfairness of newspaper bias meant that
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Overview

'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT', was the famous headline claim of Britain's most popular newspaper following the Conservative party's victory over Labour in the 1992 general election. The headline referred to a virulent press campaign against Neil Kinnock's Labour party, and dramatically highlighted one of the chief features of British politics during the twentieth century - the conflict between a socialist Labour party and a capitalist popular press. Labour's frequent complaints of the political and electoral unfairness of newspaper bias meant that some commentators considered that this dispute had a heritage as old as the party itself. Others, including the Labour leadership at the time, argued that despite past tensions, the 1992 election marked the culmination of an unprecedented campaign of vilification against the party.

Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics assesses these competing claims, looking not only at 1992 but both back and forward to examine the continuities and changes in newspaper coverage of British politics and the Labour party over the twentieth century. The book explores whether the popular press has lived up to its claim of being a democratic 'fourth estate', or has merely, as Labour politicians have argued been a powerful 'fifth column' distorting the democratic process. Drawing on a range of previously unexamined sources this book offers the first original and comprehensive history of a fascinating aspect of British politics from Beaverbrook to Blair.


James Thomas is a lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, and has published articles and esays exploring the relationship between the popular press and British politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135773724
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/7/2007
  • Series: British Politics and Society
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 494 KB

Table of Contents

1 'Vote for them' : the popular press and the 1945 general election 7
2 'George the Third - or time for a change?' : the popular press and the 1964 general election 35
3 Towards the 'winter of discontent' : the popular press and the road to 1979 61
4 A 'nightmare on Kinnock Street' : Labour and the Tory tabloids 1979-1992 87
5 'Vote conservative - vote Blair' : Labour and the tabloid press 1992-2003 118
6 Conclusions 147
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