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Started by YorenInTheNorth on Jul 9, 2018 11:03:11 PM
Eventful Days in UK Politics

What is the most eventful day/event in domestic UK politics that you can remember and appreciated the reality of it at the time?

For me it was John Major's leadership fight in 1995. I was generally aware of politics at that point but it's the first time that domestic politics felt real.

What are yours and why? Post and discuss.

Note: I say domestic but included an issue that was EEC centerted. I wanted to focus on the domestic side of an issue even if it had a foreign affairs element.

clammy - 09 Jul 2018 23:07:52 (#1 of 70)

Geoffrey How, and 'cricket bats' was quite memorable, it signalled the end for Thatcher.

col2001 - 09 Jul 2018 23:10:53 (#2 of 70)

clammy - 09 Jul 2018 23:15:21 (#3 of 70)

#2, Blimey were the ABCs about then, I guess so.

col2001 - 09 Jul 2018 23:20:03 (#4 of 70)

Look at the vote numbers.

Thanks, SNP. Thanks, Liberals.

Look what you gave the nation.

thismorning - 10 Jul 2018 02:48:48 (#5 of 70)

maybe not tomorrow or even next year but eventually England will be ruled by a Roman military type dictatorship again, for the greedy mobs will get all they wish for in the end.

GreenFuture - 10 Jul 2018 02:52:29 (#6 of 70)

I often find "eventful politics" to be depressing or disappointing.

I prefer to recall the unbridled shared hilarity of the night we found out that Cameron fucked a pig's mouth. Allegedly etc.

The dog days of the Major regime were funny too.

The depressing / dissappointing / angering ones are too many to mention.

Good Friday Agreement though. Wow.

clammy - 10 Jul 2018 03:40:26 (#7 of 70)

#6, GF, just stick to your social comments they do the most good, even if certain posters dislike your posts. Because they can't refute the truth, and pisstaking of Tories is mostly water off a ducks back.

Yammoto - 10 Jul 2018 10:45:28 (#8 of 70)

The last days of Fatch were epic. Also ERM disaster.

FleurDuMal - 10 Jul 2018 10:46:20 (#9 of 70)

Yes, I was going to say Thatcher leaving Downing Street for the last time.

Yammoto - 10 Jul 2018 10:47:53 (#10 of 70)

Anytime a departing PM leaves Downing Street, usually with great dignity.

clammy - 10 Jul 2018 10:48:15 (#11 of 70)

It was so sad for her, she thought she would be there forever.

Yammoto - 10 Jul 2018 10:49:14 (#12 of 70)

Don't be silly Clammers.

Your lot don't leave, they end up dangling upside down with their genitals sliced off.

RosyLovelady - 10 Jul 2018 10:49:53 (#13 of 70)

If only the weather had been better, I'm sure there'd have been nationwide dancing in the streets when Thatcher went.

SheikYerbouti - 10 Jul 2018 10:50:03 (#14 of 70)

Dear old Maggie would get my vote too. Knives and treachery in the Tory party, nothing like now of course.

The ERM thing was kind of astonishing at the time but it didn't really have much wider imact, apart from keeping us out of the Euro; a decision only a few cranks would disagree with these days.

clammy - 10 Jul 2018 10:52:57 (#15 of 70)

Poor old Yam and his bedtime fantasies.

southwesterly - 10 Jul 2018 11:00:25 (#16 of 70)

What I like about eventful days in British politics is that they often involve the PM addressing Parliament at some point, complete with loud roaring.

Eventful days in other countries' politics seem to lack that aspect.

nemo75 - 10 Jul 2018 11:12:22 (#17 of 70)

Watching Tony Blair's car driving up Whitehall and along the Mall to meet the Queen in 1997.

The excitement and promise of a new age. The first Labour Government that I was old enough to understand.

How quickly disappointment set in.

RosyLovelady - 10 Jul 2018 11:14:05 (#18 of 70)

A pretty straight sort of guy and all that.

nemo75 - 10 Jul 2018 11:14:58 (#19 of 70)

I started working in a Whitehall Department in October 1997. There was a real sense of hope still.

GyratingTrampoline - 10 Jul 2018 11:18:21 (#20 of 70)

I was only just old enough to vote, but I was already astute enough to have very low expectations. This was based on having read their manifesto, which basically said "don't worry, we promise to be exactly like the tories"

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