Transport House: The Rusty Penny Farthing

  • David Butler
  • Michael Pinto-Duschinsky


If Labour was to win the 1970 general election, it would not be because of improvements in party organisation. The period from 1966 until the end of 1968 saw a steady decline from a level that was already dangerously low. There was then insufficient time to improve matters before the end of the parliament.


Prime Minister Trade Union Industrial Relation Research Department Socialist Commentary 
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  1. 1.
    For a critique of the Simpson Committee proposals, see R. L. Leonard, ‘That Old Penny Farthing Again’, Socialist Commentary, November 1968.Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    For press accounts of the manoeuvres leading to Mr. Nicholas’s appointment, see David Wood, ‘Who will ride Labour’s Penny Farthing?’, The Times, June 19, 1967.Google Scholar
  3. ‘Search for Labour’s Chief Executive’, The Times, April 22, 1968, John Bourne, ‘Choosing Labour’s General Secretary’, Financial Times, July 5, 1968.Google Scholar
  4. Nora Beloff, ‘Things are looking up for Mr. Wilson’, Observer, July 28, 1968.Google Scholar
  5. 1.
    It was sometimes known as the Voluntary Publicity Group. See Ludovic Kennedy ‘Putting their life and soul into making Britain great again’, Daily Telegraph Magazine, January 30, 1970.Google Scholar

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© David Butler and Michael Pinto-Duschinsky 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Michael Pinto-Duschinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Pembroke CollegeOxfordUK

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