Anne Perkins spoke on her book, A Very British Strike. The 1926 General Strike has haunting parallels with the current day. What should a Government do when it fears that its fundamental values and even its very existence are threatened by a sector of its own society prepared to use violence? This was the case in 1926 when King George V had retreated to Windsor lest he should suffer the fate of his cousin Czar Nicholas, and Winston Churchill ordered tanks into the docks. Nevertheless within nine days a supposed revolution had been averted.
Anne Perkins has been a political correspondent for the BBC, Channel Four news and more recently the Guardian. She has also presented political programmes and documentaries for radio and television. Anne has published biographies of Barbara Castle and of Stanley Baldwin as well as an account of the General Strike. “Anne Perkins shows how formidable a historian a good journalist can be” (The Daily Telegraph review).