Second Last Leader

Ian Gilmour

  • Another Heart and Other Pulses: The Alternative to the Thatcher Society by Michael Foot
    Collins, 220 pp, £8.95, June 1984, ISBN 0 00 217256 9

The Labour Party was born in 1900, and died in 1983. There can be argument over the exact date of its death. Some may maintain that it did not die until about 1990, others that electorally it died in 1980 or even earlier. There will be similar controversy over the role of Michael Foot: did he lead it to its death or did he just accompany it? Was he one of the physicians who killed it, or was he merely the undertaker?

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