Fake News, Fake History and Fake Memories: the UK in the 1970s etc

The Story

I went to school on the train endless strikes waiting on cold platforms for hours. Then returned home to a house with power cuts no heating hot food it was a nightmare for at least 10 years“— who can guess on what the lady I quote was, in a semi-literate fashion, commenting? The Second World War? Surely not: that only lasted for 6 years. The Siege of Leningrad? No, that lasted for a shorter period yet— 2 years, 4 months. What, then? In fact the lady in question was commenting, in the online Daily Mail, on the UK railways and, in the wider sense, on the UK generally in the 1970s.

Well, it certainly sounds like it was awful. The problem with that, though, is that it is in fact not true. The trains in England (where I lived; Wales and Scotland were similar) were not subject to “endless” strikes (though there were certainly far more than is now the case) and the station platforms were no colder than they are now. What about “power cuts”, “no heating [or] hot food”?

The Reality

The “Three Day Week” only lasted for 3 months (January-March 1974) and only commercial users of electricity were cut off or required to cease using electrical power. Most domestic users were unaffected. Newspaper printing, supermarkets and hospitals were also exempt. In other words, if the lady quoted at top is not simply making up her story of hardship (or failing to remember accurately), the reasons must lie elsewhere. Maybe her parents failed to pay their electricity bill! Only joking…In fact, two years before that, there had been announced (on 16 February 1972) a rolling programme of area outages (including domestic users) but peace broke out 2-3 days later (midday on 19 February 1972) so, again, few domestic users were affected, though a minority had seen limited outages earlier, in early February.

There was, also, the “Winter of Discontent”, which occurred in the winter of 1978-79, but in fact (in its acute phase) was only effective in January and early February 1979. In reality, we are talking about weeks rather than months. Neither domestic nor commercial users of electricity lost power; gas and coal users were likewise unaffected.

So there we have it: the lady commenting on these matters at top seems to be a victim of selective amnesia when she regards a decade of her childhood as having been an awful ten years without rail travel, heating, lighting etc. The “decade” in question turns out to have been affected for about 2-4 months out of 120…

In fact, the amnesiac lady is not alone. Time and again we read about how the UK spent much of the 1970s in the dark, in the cold, without public transport, without food, rubbish uncollected and dead bodies unburied. It’s nonsense, but many really believe it, even those who were there, which is worrying…I should add that I myself was there, having been born in 1956; by the way, those “dead bodies unburied” did exist briefly (for a few days) in the winter of 1978-79, but only in two or three small areas of Liverpool and Manchester. Less noxious rubbish did pile up, but not for very long and not everywhere.

This fake history, that the 1970s were a decade of “socialist” chaos and dislocation, is quite entrenched now. This canard has wings! The various “Conservative” newspapers in the UK repeat it as an article of faith.

Other Fake Memories

No, I am not going to blog, here anyway, about the “holocaust” scammers and delusionals. I want to focus on a few other things. One persistent idea (which I have even seen said and written by journalists and TV talking heads older than me) is that Britain had no decent food until about 20 years ago! It’s just nonsense! Another is that life was harder for people in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s than it now is. More nonsense. In, say, the 1970s, people mostly had secure jobs, which paid enough to live on; there were no such things as foodbanks; social security was far better overall, the disabled and unemployed were not bullied by DWP jobsworths; the mass immigration which is making the UK (especially parts of England) into a human zoo had not really begun to snowball; workers had fixed hours, which included decent lunch breaks of 1 hour (often interpreted generously); there was no such thing (for most employees) as being on call after hours, in the evenings or on weekends and holidays. In addition, it was far easier (for anyone qualified) to access higher education.


There is a wave of unreality around. I have a –perhaps idiosyncratic– theory that the various kinds of lies or lying fake “facts” that people are often now expected to believe (“holocaust” fakery, the idea that races and peoples are all somehow “equal”, the idea that National Socialism was “evil” etc) have affected the general sense of truth in society, so that many cannot detect lies, and indeed often lie to themselves as well as others about recent history and even about their own experiences.






10 thoughts on “Fake News, Fake History and Fake Memories: the UK in the 1970s etc”

    1. Unfortunately, sites like UK Column are part of the problem outlined in Ian Millard’s article. If anything, I would go further and say that, partly due to the mistrust engendered by corrupt mainstream media and politics, there is now a corresponding ‘fake facts’ industry that treats ‘truth’ as whatever tendentious narrative needs to be promoted for views and up votes, and treats facts selectively, almost as as fungible commodities. UK Column is not to be trusted: they exaggerate and scandalise everything. They are taking advantage of a mixture of public credulity and popular cynicism that has arisen as it becomes clear that the political class in this country are working to an agenda that isn’t in keeping with the interests of ordinary people.

      I’d not heard of Melanie Shaw before, so I’ve just be reading about the case. Anybody with an ounce of intelligence should treat everything said sceptically. The way it’s portrayed, it just doesn’t make any sense. Unfortunately, there isn’t, or doesn’t seem to be, any official explanation for what has occurred. As much as UK Column insist otherwise, people are not locked up for no reason. Abuse victims are not locked up to silence them. We don’t live in that sort of country. Even Tommy Robinson – in fact, especially him – was locked up because he broke the law. Not that I’m defending the state for what occurred in his case, quite the opposite, but when we look at these cases, we always need to start from a position of accepting facts. I highly doubt what UK Column claim about Melanie Shaw is true, or anything approaching the truth.


  1. @Ian Millard – I remember the fact of the 3-day week but no hardship about it. Things *were* grim in 1978-9, cold winter, I recall picking coal from the canal side (sic) and the streets with heaps of uncollected rubbish… Green Goddesses etc etc. But even amid the confusion (more apparent than real) there was more camaraderie in adversity than in today’s atomised society. And in economically depressed northern cities people still QUEUED for buses. That quaint habit seems to have gone around 1982(?)
    “There is a wave of unreality around.” Definitely and it’s intended to depress empowerment – all these things you object to John Citizen are only happening in your own mind, aren’t they? And/or the “Revelation of the Method” hubristic nose-thumbing at ‘legacy’ Britons by the nation wreckers.

    @Tom Rogers – just say “Charles Seven” to anyone who’s followed the mystery that is UK Column for the last ~10 years and you’ll get a knowing sigh. They’ve pushed the freeman on the land / sovereign citizen / UCC commercial lien etc etc garbage and for example @43:45 onwards in UK Column News of June 8 their David Scott relayed that their associate “common law court” antics in Scotland have now resulted in a ban on members of the public accessing “Registers of Scotland” records without prior appointment, so much for the former walk-in informality.
    As an “alt-media” outlet you’d think they’d have followed the Turner and Chabloz happenings among others, but silence….
    All that said, the control of politicians via blackmail over child sexual abuse is highly plausible imo.


    1. @wigger

      Yes, I agree that organised blackmail at the highest levels is a highly plausible (albeit, only partial) explanation for what is going on – and it will involve sex acts, as well as financial misconduct, corporate and foreign espionage in some cases, etc. There will be conflicting interests involved. Some of the people we see on TV will have been secretly bought by foreign governments – especially Israel. Large companies will be acting in much the same way. And so on and so forth.

      I tend to the view that the Tory sleaze scandals of the 1990s were intentionally thrown up as a diversion from much more serious and systematic wrong-doing. In the event, what was uncovered was relatively trivial, and in some cases not even specially immoral. I think Neil Hamilton was a scapegoat.

      The child sex abuse allegations leave me in two minds. It’s vile behaviour and I am in little doubt that it will be happening on an ad hoc basis, but I find it difficult to believe that there is a massive cover-up going on. I think a lot of the cover-up allegations arise because of the need for due process: sexual misconduct can be difficult to legally prove, leaving the way open for conspiracists to scream ‘Cover up!’ because the police, being normally respectful of the law and due process, don’t take action because they can’t. Also, while I don’t personally agree with the use of ‘secret courts’ – my view is that all judicial proceedings should be completely open and reportable – the use of secrecy isn’t to help cover-up wrong-doing, rather it’s based on errored judicial theories and practices that largely stem from the Continent, where judicial secrecy is more institutionalised and part of the tradition. What often seems to happen is that a judge is confronted by a criminal defendant, usually female, who is deemed ‘vulnerable’ for some reason and maybe also of an hysterical bent, making lurid allegations about every Jack, Fred and Bill she’s ever met and some she hasn’t. The result might be that the judge decides to slap a blanket reporting restriction on the entire circus show, both to protect the defendant and also to protect perfectly innocent people, the judge having in mind outfits like UK Column and certain amateur bloggers and “former police officers” who…shall we say…are a bit loose with facts and have a…how can I put this?….a liking for upvotes and re-tweets combined with a flexible attitude to truth.

      Taking a trip down memory lane, I note it has been suggested that Thatcher, when Prime Minister, knew about Savile et el and did nothing.
      I dislike Thatcher politically, but I think the accusation is unfair. It was not within her remit to act as judge and jury in such matters. It is for the police to investigate, and if they decide not to proceed, that will normally be due to lack of evidence. If, in the meantime, she declined to reveal or act on what she knew, that was her moral prerogative. On the other hand, I think it was Norman Tebbit, a government minister at the time, who admitted a few years back that there was a general view during the 1980s that the system should be protected in such cases. Personally, I don’t believe that. I think both the police and the media would have pursued abusers, even senior politicians and other persons of influence, if the evidence had been there.

      I’m afraid that I am sceptical of abuse claims, especially when they come from women. I apply wissenschaftliche Methoden and expect hard proof. I’m also quite sceptical about the Jimmy Savile scandal. I have yet to see convincing evidence that he did anything serious wrong. That’s not to condone his behaviour, which – if the women are to be believed – was unseemly and ungentlemanly, but the scandalisation of his ex posthumous persona is, I think, just an example of media-driven hysteria and sensationalism. Frankly, I find the whole thing baffling, but at least Savile died before he was falsely accused by opportunist women. In the case of Rolf Harris, he has to suffer the indignity of prison as a sex offender for behaviour that, at worst, is rather seedy, but hardly warrants the opprobrium and sludge and slime thrown at him, and still being heaped on him.

      It’s just wrong. We have a tradition of due process in this country, of fair trials, of proportionate punishment. Why are we abandoning the safeguards just to appease flimsy women, weak-minded, supplicant “men” and nasty ‘alt-media’ people? This is innocent people’s lives. I’m not condoning abuse: it’s vile and when it is proved after a fair trial, then punishment should follow. But I can’t defend the much greater abuse of the criminal justice system.


  2. Tom Rodgers: are you a disinfo agent – as you seem to be trying very hard to excuse the criminality of the Zionist regime us native Brits are forced to endure?


    1. @ Bob Matthews

      That’s it, yes, I’m a “disinfo agent”, you’ve got me! I’m not just somebody who has a different opinion to you, I’m working for the enemy. Must be.
      I’m paid for this, of course.


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