Sunday 8 September 2013

The night they drove old dixie down

Michael Foot's speech the night Callaghan lost the vote of no confidence by one vote in 1979.

"As the tellers came in, Spencer Le Marchant, the Tory, took his place at the right of the table facing the Speaker and we knew that they had won.
So at that moment the Labour Government ended. Jim and Thatcher made short statements and as we walked out Labour Members sang the Red Flag."

Tony Benn, Conflicts of Interest: Diaries 1977-80, p.478

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