How to deal with a Labour Landslide

The first episode of new podcast Organising For a Change is out now. You can access is with the link bit.ly/o4acLabour

Together with Martin Smith, we pose the stark question: How can we learn from the mistakes of the last Labour landslide in order to avoid repeating them with this one?

Hang on, just hang on, I hear you mutter. 1997 was a triumph. 18 years of Tory rule overturned by the people in favour of a youthful, energetic, hopeful Labour Party. You could feel the mood on our streets and in our shops, on busses and trains. Part relief, part pride. We had done it.

And that first term of office, especially, gave us so much – the national minimum wage, the Human Rights Act, devolution to Scotland and Wales, massive investment in public services.

And yet, and yet…….looking back to 1997, there is a feeling that the union movement could possibly, should probably have got a better deal. So why didn’t we? And how can we be sure that 2024 will be different?

We don’t claim to have all the answers, but with 80 years worth of union building between us, we’ve got a few ideas, and we’d be delighted to share them with you. Have a listen and let us know what you think. You can contact the show at organising@makes-you-think.com

We’re grateful to have the support of Thompsons, the leading trade union and social justice law firm, The General Federation of Trade Unions – delivering trade union education, building solidarity and the home of StrikeMapPellacraft, award winning and trusted supplier of promotional goods, and Battersea and Wandsworth Trade Union Council. Thank you all.

The show’s music is by Scott Holmes. It is a Makes-You-Think production. Episode run time 29m31s. Next episode drops 19 July.

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