Category Politicians

The Prime Minister vs The Move

It was on Wednesday 11th October 1967 that Prime Minister Harold Wilson received an apology in the High Court from a pop group called ‘The Move’. He had taken out a libel action against them claiming a “violent and malicious personal attack” after a postcard was published, promoting the group’s new record Flowers in the […]

The story behind a story that sold 4,000 copies an hour after mid-night and 100,000 by the end of the day

It was on Wednesday 25th September 1963 that the most hotly anticipated report in British history hit the shelves.  Official reports – known as Blue Books – are usually dull affairs but this one was different – VERY DIFFERENT.  Public interest was so great, remarked ‘The Spectator’ newspaper that the Stationary Office “opened half an […]

Will this stop people fixing the vote?

It was on Thursday 18th July 1872 that the Royal Assent was given to the ‘Parliamentary and Municipal Elections (Ballot) Bill’. Put simply – from now on each individual vote would be cast in secret. This was a fundamental change to an age old process. No longer would those entitled to vote have to identify […]

Glances on a changing country

It’s interesting to see how one man’s diary can cast light on the attitude of another and ‘paints a picture’ of the country at large.  Henry Crabb Robinson was born in Bury St Edmunds, was articled to a Colchester attorney; between 1800 & 1805 studied at various places in Germany where he met men of […]

Crime; a failed execution; Rural descriptions by a Vicar and a Rant by a Politician; the first Fatal Car Accident; 19th century disaster at sea; Trouble in Fleet Prision and, to close, the founder of the Methodists and ‘an end and a beginning

Monday 22nd February 1886: Over the years petty and personal crimes were recorded, often in some details, in the newspapers so I thought we’d take a little stroll through entries in this day’s papers. It is worth mentioning that £1 in 1886 would be worth around £100 now. The Hartlepool Mail reported: ‘Theft at Ryhope’ […]