During the 2010 election I wrote this about younger working class women and politics.
From the comments, you'll see most who cared to leave an opinion kind of missed the point of what I was trying to say!Read More
Prior to the 2010 general election my Nottingham colleague Phil Cowley and I wrote this guide to past Party Election Broadcasts for the British Film Institute.
While initially credited with the power to shape opinions, the possible impact of the PEB has been subsequently downgraded - it was, anecdotally, the time many Britons chose to make a cup of tea.
However, despite the internet and the multi-channel world, the PEB remains one of the few ways in which the main parties can get their message directly across to voters - and without the intervention of a sneeringly sceptical Jeremy Paxman or a paraphrasing and parsing Nick Robinson.Read More
In January 2010 Channel 4 broadcast Mo, a biopic of the late Labour politician Mo Mowlam - it proved to be one of its most watched dramas and won lots of awards.
In this post for History and Policy I considered the issues raised by biopics and what they say about our relationship to Britain's political past.Read More
The Iron Lady is the latest attempt to present a dramatised version of Margaret Thatcher to contemporary audiences.
In 2009 the BBC broadcast Margaret, a drama which treads much of the same ground as the new movie. At the time, I put that film into context, seeing it as part of a wave of fictions that started to look at the girl from Grantham in more sympathetic light than hitherto.
The political implications of this trend, of which The Iron Lady is certainly part, are moot. What is clear, however, is that for many of those who watch such dramas - especially those for whom the former Conservative Prime Minister is a dim memory, if that - the fictional Thatcher will seem more authentic than the real one.Read More
In November 2008 David Hare's play Gethsemane was first performed at the National Theatre.
It was just the latest of a number of plays about and around New Labour written by Hare, going back to The Absence of War, which was inspired by Neil Kinnock's failure to win the 1992 general election.Read More
My contribution to the 'Making History' project which was organised by the Institute of Historical Research.
Here I make a case for the reconsideration of the controversial historian Maurice Cowling as someone who made a positive contribution to our understanding of the past and conclude, hopefully, that the subject is 'a more diverse and dynamic subject than ever it was'.Read More