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Crines Andrew S. and Hayton Richard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089800

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089800.001.0001

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The oratory of James Callaghan

The oratory of James Callaghan

(p.76) 5 The oratory of James Callaghan
Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband

Stephen Meredith

Manchester University Press

The rhetoric of Callaghan’s famous 1976 Blackpool conference speech was taken to signal a turning point in modern British politics away from the traditional policies and instruments of the post-war consensus, and for some it represented the death throes of traditional Keynesian social democracy in an emerging era of so-called ‘New Realism’. Callaghan’s speech concerning Britain’s macroeconomic future remains his most identifiable rhetorical flourish. Although held to denote the so-called crisis and turn of British social democracy in the mid-1970s, the speech represents one of a number of important oratorical contributions he made.

Keywords:   Callaghan, Ruskin, social democracy, renewal

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