Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Sunday, May 13, 2007

All change at the Labour School of Falsification

A few commentators have noticed the change to the official Labour Party website since Blair's resignation and Brown's arrival - with 'New Labour - New Britain' replaced by simply 'Labour', but also interesting is the fact that the official Short Course History of the Labour Party - entitled 'Our History' - has temporarily vanished. All interested readers of the Party website get at the moment is What is the Labour Party?:

'Labour has only been in government for four short periods of the 20th century. However its achievements have revolutionised the lives of the British people. The values Labour stands for today are those which have guided it throughout its existence.

• social justice
• strong community and strong values
• reward for hard work
• decency
• rights matched by responsibilities.'

I like the vague commitment to 'decency' and 'strong values' (whatever they are), but those trying to then follow the following link: 'Our history tells you about the party's origins and achievements' are simply returned to the homepage.

No doubt the offical historians of the Party are hard at work as we speak - the last version of the Short Course History of the Labour Party is going to need a good deal of rewriting to be honest, praising to the heavens the Dear Leader Tony Blair while ignoring completely figures such as Keir Hardie and Nye Bevan. No doubt under Brown, such figures will no longer be 'unpeople' but be rehabilitated again - and it will be fascinating to see how Brown's historians describe Blair. Speaking of Brown's historians, this blog has always kept an eye on the career of Tristram Hunt, currently composing a hatchet job on Frederick Engels while angling for a career with New Labour as a MP. No doubt someone as subservient towards the powerful as Hunt could always be employed to come up with the necessary updated official history of the Party if that was required...indeed, I expect he would enjoy such a task...

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