The oratory of Hugh Gaitskell

Timothy Heppell and Thomas McMeeking

in Labour orators from Bevan to Miliband

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780719089800
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781781708583 | DOI:
The oratory of Hugh Gaitskell

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As an orator Gaitskell was to be defined by the internal debates that took place within a fractious Labour movement. His most memorable speeches - ‘fight and fight again’ over unilateralism, and his ‘thousand years of history’ over the Common Market, were used within the context of internal Labour party ideological struggles, and not used against the Conservative government. This chapter provides a critical interpretation of his rhetorical impact. With a limited parliamentary and media contribution, his most memorable oratorical moments involved highlighting the split between the multilateralist right and the unilateralist left and the evolving split within the social democratic right over the Common Market.

Keywords: Gaitskell; renewal; social democracy; Clause 4; Bevan; Gaitskellite

Chapter.  7451 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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