Category Archives: History

Paddy Ashdown talks about his new book "A brilliant little operation"

I had to stifle a giggle as Paddy Ashdown strode on to the stage at the Edinburgh Book Festival and said: What are you lot doing here at ten in the morning? There was a certain irony at this coming from … Continue reading

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>National Archives publish Victorian Poor Law records

>Way back in 1985, I wrote my dissertation for my Certificate of Sixth Year Studies History paper on Poverty and the Poor Law, charting the circumstances behind the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 and its implementation.  I remember being … Continue reading

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>20 Years since the Berlin Wall came down? Really?

>I think the resounding thing I feel from the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down (as predicted by my friend, the author of Cicero’s Songs, when I first knew him in 1985, by the way)is old. Some of … Continue reading

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>A gripping tale of what might have been

>Some of you may not know that former Lib Dem Director Of Innovations, Mark Pack, is not only a campaigns guru, he’s also an elections geek and his particularly speciality is the elections and politics of the 19th century. He’s … Continue reading

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