- The longest suicide note in history
The New Hope for Britain called for unilateral nuclear disarmament, withdrawal from the European Economic Community, abolition of the House of Lords, and the re-nationalisation of recently de-nationalised industries like British Telecom, British Aerospace, and the British Shipbuilding Corporation.
The epithet referred not only to the orientation of the policies, but also to their marketing. Labour leader Michael Foot decided as a statement on internal democracy that the manifesto would consist of all resolutions arrived at its party conference, making the manifesto over 700 pages long.
The document's far-left policies, along with the popularity gained by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Falklands War, contributed to a victory with a substantial majority in Parliament for the incumbent Conservative party. The defeat led to a turning point in the history of the party, which thereafter adopted more free market principles and amended Clause IV in its constitution.
Other uses of the phrase
It has subsequently been used by Peter Gutmann in his paper "A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection" to describe the Digital Rights Management schemes in the Windows Vista operating system.
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer compared the 2012 Republican House Budget to the manifesto (in terms of comparable unpopularity) and then remarked about the House Budget, "At 37 footnotes, it might be the most annotated suicide note in history."
- ^ Mann, Nyta (2003-07-14). "Foot's message of hope to left". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3059773.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
- ^ "The New Hope for Britain: British Labour Party election manifesto, 1983". Keele University Political Science Resources. 1983. http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/man/lab83.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
- ^ Peter Gutmann (2006-12-26). A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection. http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
- ^ Jeroen Langelaar (2010-05-10). 'PvdA-programma langste zelfmoordbrief uit geschiedenis'. http://www.elsevier.nl/web/Nieuws/Politiek/265234/PvdAprogramma-langste-zelfmoordbrief-uit-geschiedenis.htm?rss=true. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- ^ Parker, Kathleen (2011-04-07). The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/after_ryans_leap_a_rush_of_deficit_demagoguery/2011/04/07/AFUfOXxC_story.html?wprss=rss_opinions.
- List of UK Labour Party general election manifestos
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