Friday 17 November 2017

Fiach Kelly : Stubborn Kenny playing politics with people's jobs

Fiach Kelly

IT was a seminal moment in recent British political history. Neil Kinnock, then leader of Labour, was embarking on a period of modernisation of his party, which had veered sharply left-wards and seemed out of touch in the Thatcherite atmosphere of 1980s Britain.

At the 1985 Labour conference in Bournemouth, Kinnock faced down the militant tendency in the party, with some militants heckling him from the floor.

His speech from the conference stage has gone down in history, as he berated Liverpool City Council, controlled by the extreme Labour left, for hiring taxis to "scuttle round a city handing out redundancy notices to its own workers".

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