The News of the World in better days

As the 168-year-old Sunday paper appears on the shelves for the last time, here's a reminder that it's not only contemporary politicians who have courted the tabloids - although their predecessors might not have had quite such a cosy relationship. Aneurin Bevan, architect of the welfare state, appears in the below clip, a 16mm newsreel advert (date unknown):


As the sound quality's not great, I've transcribed some of the voice-over below:

"Don't miss Nye Bevan's article this week. Aneurin Bevan, one of the most controversial figures in British politics. A man with a mind to speak and not afraid to speak it..."

Daniel Trilling is the Editor of New Humanist magazine. He was formerly an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman.

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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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