All flag waving and patriotism? Think again argues Michael Barnes This month marks the beginning of the annual Proms season, which carries on throughout the summer until the patriotic flag-waving last night on 8th September. Henry Wood, who founded the Proms in 1895, saw his task as educating a middle class public. Beginning with a… Continue reading The politics of classical music
Richard Price enjoys a tribute to a pioneering club at the Theatre Royal, Stratford. In 1938, Barney Josephson opened the first integrated nightclub in New York. Naming it Café Society in a barbed reference to the beautiful people and bright young things of the 30s, he later said that he “wanted a club where blacks… Continue reading Breaking down barriers: Cafe Society Swing
Review by Keith Veness Briefing founder and former ILEA and Islington councillor. The hounding out of the Labour Party of Ken Livingstone over the ridiculous charge that he was “anti-semitic” reached its crescendo just as the last issue of BRIEFING went to the printers so we couldn’t comment in great detail. The “inquisition” of someone… Continue reading Beyond Our Ken
This summer, as the NHS turns 70, BBC Spotlight is looking at how healthcare has changed here in the South West. One in every 13 babies in the UK are born preterm - that's before 37 weeks gestation - and their chances of surviving have increased dramatically in the last 70 years.
Christine Shawcroft On the outside What happens to radical women as they get older? Emmeline Pankhurst joined the Tory Party. Shirley Williams left Labour with the Gang of Four. God knows what Aung San Suu Kyi is up to in Burma these days. And Germaine Greer, responsible for converting thousands of women to feminism in… Continue reading Welcome to Labour Briefing online