1962 Jamaican independence talks revisited Total Politics | August 2012
Over Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, parties, pageants and the popping of corks consumed the nation – and many parts of the world.
For the Queen still reigns over 16 Commonwealth realms, from Australia to Antigua. Half a century ago, during the 1960s, the British Empire was unravelling at a fast pace, as the little pink bits on the map became a multicoloured tapestry of independent nations. Read more...
A short history of marriage legislation Total Politics | July 2012
The coalition government is in a spot of self-inflicted bother about marriage. It is hard to disagree that civil marriage should any longer be confined to unions between men and women.
Debate from the vault: A drinking problem Total Politics | June 2012
The humble British drinker is being hammered from all sides. Beer taxes have increased by 42 per cent in four years, during which time 4,500 pubs have closed at a rate of 16 per week. Now the government is considering a floor price for alcohol to tackle the nation’s Hogarthian town centres, and Scotland’s ban on multi-buy promotions (which the coalition wants to imitate) is pounding the already suffering wine trade.
Debate from the vault: Peak power Total Politics | May 2012
A Commons debate on 3 May 1866 shows the Victorians had concerns about energy sourcing, says Nik Darlington. This article is from the May issue of Total Politics. Read more here.
The original Falklands debate Total Politics | April 2012
“We are here because, for the first time in many years, British sovereign territory has been invaded by a foreign power,” Margaret Thatcher announced, as MPs gathered in the Commons for the first Saturday session since the Suez crisis.
The Lie of the Land The Richmond Magazine | February 2012
We all know that an Act of Parliament was required to save the view from Richmond Hill. Or was it? Historian and journalist Nik Darlington reveals the truth behind the Act and its lessons for planning law today.