By Andrew Marr
This attractive quantity tells the tale of ways the good political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by way of a tradition of consumerism, big name, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders came across themselves confounded by means of the British humans, who continuously became out to be tougher to herd than anticipated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the edge—first of invasion, then of financial disaster, then at the susceptible entrance line of the chilly conflict, and later within the vanguard of the good establishing up of capital and migration. This heritage follows the entire political and monetary tales of the fashionable period in addition to with such social developments as comedy, vehicles, the struggle opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s fantastic sturdy success, political lies, and the real heroes of British theater.
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Despite the pleas from writers the thirties were not a time when the majority really thought government could make things better. It is easy to feel appalled and bemused by the enthusiasm of so many reasonably intelligent British people for Mussolini and Hitler but there was more to it than cowardice and racism. There was an impatient yearning for government that actually worked – that ended unemployment, built big new roads, developed modern industries and, yes, made the trains run on time. Politicians as far apart as the socialist John Strachey, the Tory Churchill, the fascist Oswald Mosley and the old Liberal Lloyd George, all at one time or another found the dictatorial style something to be at least half-admired.
Later he said he would have been dragged from office if he had tried to surrender; every minister was ready, with his family, to be killed ‘quite soon’. As we have seen this was an exaggeration. Quite a few British politicians would have done a deal. Washington had been privately told by its London ambassador that the British would surrender. Looking back, such a thing may seem impossible – unthinkable. But it was quite possible and it was seriously discussed. This was the moment when Britain was on the edge and her modern story begins.
Williams. Conservative-minded officers complained about the tone of the pamphlets sent round the army and that Williams had ‘smothered the troops in seditious literature’. 1 To this day many Conservatives believe that socialist propaganda foisted on the troops was to blame for their defeat in 1945. In fact, the numbers do not add up; the minimum voting age was 21, which cut out many of the more malleable troops and in any case, there were fewer than two million service votes cast in a total electorate of 33 million.
A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr