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The ‘Silly Season’ now & then

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2018 by kmflett

Parliament is in recess in August which traditionally meant there was little political news. One wishes some Labour MPs would go on an extended holiday (and probably will do as the month goes on). Meanwhile for those of us still working:

In 2018 in the age of social media and 24 hour news the thought of being on holiday in the summer and not contactable is apparently unthinkable. Even in the recent past this was not the case. One need only check the paucity of Tony Benn’s Diary entries for August in the late 1970s when he was a Government Minister to grasp the point.

So Denis Healey holidaying in a remote part of Scotland in 1976 would have needed to be in touch with London only exceptionally rather than being expected to tweet his every thought and movement. Indeed as recently as 1997 the most memorable thing that happened during the summer Parliamentary recess was that John Prescott compared Peter Mandelson to a crab he had found on the beach. These days it would probably have merited his expulsion from the Labour Party, then it was just part of the ‘silly season’.

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