We’d like to wish a Happy 72nd Birthday to Ken Clarke, current Minister without Portfollio. Clarke has held a vast number of Cabinet Positions throughout his long career. He was Health Secretary under Thatcher, Education and Home Secretary and then Chancellor under Major and Justice Secretary under Cameron. Clarke has run for the Conservative party leadership on three occasions; 1997, 2001 and 2005. He is well known for his enjoyment of cigars, Jazz and motor racing and Clarke is one of the longest consecutive serving MPs of all time, first becoming an MP in 1970.
Today also marks the 49th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson (Nash’s favourite US President) signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The bill was originally called for by John F. Kennedy back in June 1963. It was only after Kennedy’s assassination did the proposal gain any traction. Once enacted the legislation outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public. Less than 45 years later America was able to celebrate having its very first African-American President, in part thanks to Johnson’s work.
Links to the Multiverse
Stuff my Guinea Pig does – Fangirliness and squeeing.
The spirit of ’45: a flawed but powerful message for contemporary politics – Notes from a Broken Society.
‘This Misterie of Fucking’: A sex manual from 1680 – Benjamen Breen, Jezebel.
Revealed: The Tory Taliban’s Toxic Timetable – Labour List.
10 Signs You’re Having Your Quarter Life Crisis – Jessica Misener, Buzzfeed.
Labour history uncut: Labour wins the one to lose in 1929 – Pete Goddard and Atul Hatwal, Labour Uncut.
Why Tenant Blacklisting Is A Recipe For Abuse – Johnny Void, the void.
Nash hasn’t written anything this week. He’s been moving house.