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Started by breakfast on May 1, 2017 3:35:42 PM
Cool Britannia: where did it all go wrong?

“The Right Honourable Tony is just 43 years old and has an outlook to match.”

It’s a somewhat half-formed theory, but if you tried to explain Cool Britannia to an alien and gave them the constituent parts to assemble, you might find that they presented you with something that looked a bit like Boris Johnson.

By Stoke visiting John Harris

CaptainBlack - 01 May 2017 15:38:12 (#1 of 227)

The New Deal for Musicians that allowed people to develop their bands and music when on the dole - imagine that happening now.

machiavelli - 01 May 2017 15:49:00 (#2 of 227)

breakfast - 01 May 2017 15:50:11 (#3 of 227)

That is referred to in't'article

SharkPatoo - 01 May 2017 15:50:20 (#4 of 227)

Hit the ground running!

bailliegillies - 01 May 2017 17:36:04 (#5 of 227)

They never quite got rid of Fool Britannia, it was always underlying Cool Britannia.

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browserbutton - 01 May 2017 17:44:23 (#7 of 227)

Cool Britannia -- was it what we wanted, what we really really wanted?

bailliegillies - 01 May 2017 18:02:49 (#8 of 227)

I like Fool Britannia better.

It was originally banned in the UK but so many copies were being smuggled into the UK they gave up.

Arjuna - 01 May 2017 18:07:39 (#9 of 227)

This is where it went wrong

JoStoyte - 01 May 2017 18:59:46 (#10 of 227)

Ah yes, the Britpop bands, the happy sound of Supergrass Alright and finally - for the first time in our lifetimes- a Labour victory, to the sound of D:Ream, Things can only get better.

All the optimism of youth, the hope for the future, the belief things could be different...

Went the same way as the summer of love did for the hippies who turned into Tory voting, Brexiteer baby boomers.

JoStoyte - 01 May 2017 19:00:49 (#11 of 227)

Probably because it was just all just so much selling soap, driven by summer of love hippies who'd turned into baby boomer spin merchants and political marketing consultants.

invicta - 01 May 2017 19:06:17 (#12 of 227)

Hardly. Cool Britannia just took too many drugs (but you were never allowed to say that) and its nasal septum fell out. Revisionism says it was too nostalgic, too monocultural, but it was really just the product of post-cold war optimism and a generation that was into the experience of collective euphoria, whether achieved through music, drugs or shared experience.

JerkinMcGherkin - 01 May 2017 19:06:42 (#13 of 227)

I want to take the 21st century back to the shop and get a replacement or a refund.

HouseOfLametta - 01 May 2017 19:10:59 (#14 of 227)

Hippies always were tories.

There's nothing altruistic about shagging about and not washing.

bossab2 - 01 May 2017 19:26:00 (#15 of 227)

Real Hippies where always hippies.

I met Sid once. He was wearing a Wizzard's hat and I particularly recall his rant about the overuse of road signage.

And he was quite right.

The Brexiters were never hippies, they were the squares.

halfnelson - 01 May 2017 19:32:10 (#16 of 227)


Prof. Stuart Hall said of Maggie that she spoke for those left behind by the permissive society. I suspect a lot of the Brexiteers are people who whole-heartedly embraced the permissive society, but only in a very heterosexual way.

invicta - 01 May 2017 19:35:14 (#17 of 227)

WTF does that mean?

bossab2 - 01 May 2017 19:42:53 (#18 of 227)

Hippydom never touched 95% of the British Population.

Colour TV probably had a bigger impact.

machiavelli - 02 May 2017 05:28:10 (#19 of 227)

Cool Britannia represented a pleasing image if ourselves and, like all such images, evaporated with the first serious heat.

I was glad to get rid of the Tories but didn't like Blair. Labour started out OK but became war-hungry and began instituting the illiberal policies that the Tories are now honing to a fine point.

RosyLovelady - 02 May 2017 08:53:56 (#20 of 227)

The Bernie Eccleston thing tarnished NewLab's shiny image. That was about 6 months after the GE. It wasn't just the corruption; Eccleston looked like sleaze on speed, and the election had been won on being and looking sleazeless.

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