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By John O'Farrell

Following his highly renowned account of the former 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang modern with a hilarious glossy background asking 'How the hell did we prove here?'

An completely Exasperated historical past of recent Britain informs, elucidates and laughs in any respect the unusual occasions, ridiculous characters and silly judgements that experience formed Britain's tale for the reason that 1945; leaving the Twenty-First Century reader feeling superbly conceited for having the good thing about hindsight.

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The competition used to be received by means of an exhilarating new Swedish team who were trialled because the Abba’. With the British nonetheless fairly apprehensive approximately ecu integration, ‘Waterloo’ gave the look of a suitable winner. The Portuguese access got here fourteenth, yet had the comfort of being the key sign for the start of the ‘Carnation Revolution’ that overthrew the fascist Estado Novo regime that had governed Portugal because the Twenties. ‘Portugal, do we have your votes please? ’ requested the host in Brighton. ‘Oh, they appear to be having a few technical problems. loads of gunfire and explosions in Lisbon there …’ Our most interesting hour? With British foreign prestige so lowered by means of the falling pound, pictures of moves and soccer hooligans, the rustic badly wanted a unifying nationwide fight to re-light the Dunkirk spirit and remind us of our nice imperial prior. Britain had defeated Nazism within the Forties; it had stood company opposed to Soviet totalitarianism within the Fifties; now within the naff Seventies the good ethical stand will be at the precept of fish. The so-called ‘Cod Wars’ have been by no means particularly up there with the epic army struggles of the 20 th century and there has been little enthusiasm for the assumption of Laurence Olivier narrating a twenty-part television sequence referred to as the realm at Cod struggle. There were related disputes over fishing rights in 1958 and 1972 whilst Iceland had prolonged its territorial waters, yet now it declared that nobody else was once allowed to fish inside of 200 miles of Iceland, quite the British who became the entire cod into frozen Findus dinosaur-shapes besides. yet in 1975 issues became nasty as Icelandic ships reduce the traces of British trawlers and Royal army frigates and Icelandic coastguard vessels have been interested by hotly disputed ramming incidents. Captain Birdseye went gray from all of the rigidity. whilst Iceland threatened to shut its NATO base, therefore tense the americans, Britain sponsored down and a negotiated payment used to be reached during which Britain well-known the prolonged territorial waters in go back for a restricted allowable trap. Peace was once inevitable once they discovered there have been not more cod left besides. It didn’t topic as the Icelanders had already determined that sea fishing used to be a depressing, chilly and stinky activity and they should still throw all their power into banking and monetary prone: that promised a way more safe destiny. Love thy neighbour of the main striking achievements of Harold Wilson’s fourth time period in place of work have been money owed aimed toward tackling discrimination which confirmed that, regardless of the cynicism of its chief, the Labour occasion nonetheless had a little of reforming zeal left in it. basically the intercourse Discrimination Act of 1975 made it unlawful to pay ladies much less for a similar paintings as males, however it additionally outlawed discrimination in different parts resembling education and recruitment. probably the most commented upon elements of the invoice was once the ban on discriminatory task ads; bosses have been now not capable of specify that they have been trying to find ‘pretty’ secretaries.

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