An alternative obituary of Michael Foot by Steve Payne
says: what if the Falklands Task Force had been defeated? Please note
that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
In 2010, Michael Foot, the
British Prime Minister that declared Unilateral Nuclear Disarment (UND) died
in Hampstead, London on this day aged 96.
Born in Plymouth in 1913, he studied at Oxford University before taking a
job as a shipping clerk in Liverpool; his experiences of poverty in that
city transformed him into a life-long socialist.
"What the Labour Party is all about" ~ Tony BennFoot
joined the Labour Party and first stood for parliament at the age of 22 in
the 1935 general election, when he contested Monmouth. During this
election Foot criticised the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, for seeking
rearmament. In his election address Foot contended that "the armaments
race in Europe must be stopped now". He also supported unilateral
disarmament, after multilateral disarmament talks at Geneva had broken
down in 1933. He was thrown out of the Parliamentary Labour Party for two
years because he opposed increases in defence spending.
"Michael Foot led Britain during the grimmest,
darkest hour in its modern history" ~ Neil Kinnock Elected in 1945
he did not enter the front bench of the Labour Party until the Wilson and
Callaghan Governments of the nineteen seventies. Upon assuming the
leadership in 1980, he led the party into the successful campaign of 1983
in which he defeated Margaret Thatcher who was still reeling from
Britain's military humiliation in the Falkland Islands. That event,
coupled with Americas escalation of the Cold War created a new consensus
And what began with mother's protests at Greenham Common, and Campaign
for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) peace rallies led by Foot and Monsignor
Bruce Kent flourished into a popular movement. Soon enough, Britain would
play a very different role on the world stage, paving for the way for his
successor Bryan Gould, and Princess Diane to achieve an international ban
on land mines in 1999.
Colleague Tony Benn paid tribute to Foot's legacy saying that "he was what
the Labour Party was all about"..
says this alternative biography is based on the
BBC Web site.
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