Protest and Power: The Battle For The Labour Party (Hardcover)
The battle for the Labour party is dramatic and intense. This is its definitive history.
Labour has shifted from the New Left, to New Labour, to Corbynista Labour. Now, it may see power again with a most unlikely group of activists from the 1970s becoming the fourth generation to win power since 1945.
Only Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair have won power from a sitting Conservative government. Of the ten general elections since 1979, Labour has won three, all under Blair. This record of failure, if applied to any other walk of life, would raise the fundamental question of why continue to fight a losing battle? For Labour, it asks whether it is a party of protest – designed only to be a voice from opposition, commenting on the flaws and falsities of Conservative police – or a party of power?
Including exclusive interviews with key party members from the 1970s to today including Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair, Ed Miliband and Jon Lansman; and the party's recent struggles with antisemitism and Brexit, this book chronicles the conflicts within the Labour party, the schisms between ideologues and pragmatists, and how these fissures seem destined to keep Labour in opposition.
About the Author
The historian David Kogan has worked in the UK and US media as both a journalist and a senior executive at the BBC, Reuters Television, Granada, Reel Enterprises which he founded, Wasserman Media Group and Magnum Photos as CEO. His first book, The Battle for the Labour Party remains essential reading about the Labour party. He lives in London.
“A meticulously researched and balanced history by a writer with sources at the highest level across different wings of the party” —The Times
“Highly-readable and well-researched” —The Sunday Times
“David Kogan's absorbing history, the only one to cover the period from Old Labour via New Labour to this hard-Left ascendancy ... invaluable to future historians” —The Tablet
“[Protest and Power] is an excellent overview and dispassionate analysis of the past 40 years of Labour party history…David Kogan's book should be mandatory reading for all those concerned about antisemitism in the Labour party” —Jewish Chronicle
“Under the eyes of Kogan's cool, fair-minded intelligence, the struggles of the Labour party go from a pub brawl to an Icelandic saga. New insights, vivid interviews, granular, often objectively funny details, combine to build a portrait of the British left that is both honest and dignifying.” —Guardian
“Protest and Power brilliantly brings to life the political drama of the popular uprising that is Corbyn's Labour party, from its beginnings in the 1970s to the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands by what became Momentum” —Founder of Momentum
“This is a no-nonsense, straightforward account of what has happened within the party over the last four decades – and it's truly thorough. You'll get to the bottom of each page and think, 'I need to remember every word of this'. Or at least I did” —Labour List
“Protest and Power is a very good book, probably the most even-handed of all the accounts of Corbyn's rise to power ... and definitely the book that best explains Corbyn in the context of the 40-year battle by the left in Labour to seize control of the party” —Guardian Politics Live
“A tremendously good read and very enlightening, 5 stars” —Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge and former BBC Head of News
“An empirical, balanced and exhaustive account of political conflicts” —The Times
“Timely new book about Labour” —The Independent