The oratory of James Callaghan

Stephen Meredith

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 James Callaghan

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The rhetoric of Callaghan’s famous 1976 Blackpool conference speech was taken to signal a turning point in modern British politics away from the traditional policies and instruments of the post-war consensus, and for some it represented the death throes of traditional Keynesian social democracy in an emerging era of so-called ‘New Realism’. Callaghan’s speech concerning Britain’s macroeconomic future remains his most identifiable rhetorical flourish. Although held to denote the so-called crisis and turn of British social democracy in the mid-1970s, the speech represents one of a number of important oratorical contributions he made.

Keywords: Callaghan; Ruskin; social democracy; renewal

Chapter.  8257 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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