Here's a quick canter through some of their lowlights from that decade: failure to impose meaningful sanctions on apartheid-era South Africa; British lives lost in a war designed to provide Margaret Thatcher with a khaki election
; the quick-buck sell-off of national assets; a politicised police force sent into battle with striking miners; complicity with the Hillsborough cover-up.
It was a "khaki election
" too, one that, it was hoped, would draw a line under the five bloody years which preceded it.
THE Labour landslide in the so-called Khaki Election
of 1945 was so great that it should by any measure have delivered a minimum of two or more terms.
While British expansionism in effect triggered the outbreak of the Boer War three years later, after initial setbacks, superior British numbers triumphed and following the annexation of the Transvaal and apparent British victory, Chamberlain persuaded Salisbury to call the 'Khaki Election
"We are calling this the Khaki Election
because so many people didn't vote Labour because of the war who normally would have voted Labour.
One Liverpool MP said off the record: 'More squaddies and their families come from deprived housing estates than Home Counties suburbs.' This could become a khaki election
, with Blair the winner on points
And it was also condemned by the Welsh Labour Party for straying into a non-devolved policy amid fears the May 1 poll could turn into a khaki election
dominated by the Iraq conflict rather than public service delivery.
Equally significant, there was no Irish equivalent of the "Lusitania riots" or other anti-alien disturbances of the kind documented by Panikos Panayi; no manifestations of popular "spy mania"; and--even in the Unionist Northeast--virtually none of the lurid anti-Germanism that elsewhere was the principal feature of the "khaki election
" of December 1918.
10 in what is widely being touted as a ''khaki election
'' due to the focus on international rather than local issues.
His comments reflected concerns that voters' attention could be pulled away from key concerns on public services and that the Iraqi conflict could transform the May 1 poll into a khaki election
An `Old Londoner', writing during the Khaki election
of 1900 to the anti-alien East London Observer, lamented the lack of outrage.