the ‘Common Wealth Circus’: Popular Politics and the Popular Press in Wartime Britain, 1941–1945†

  title={the ‘Common Wealth Circus’: Popular Politics and the Popular Press in Wartime Britain, 1941–1945†},
  author={Kristopher Lovell},
  journal={Media History},
  pages={427 - 450}
The popular press is often seen as the ‘voice of the people’. However, an intensive examination of the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Express during the Second World War demonstrates some problems with this claim. In fact, the wartime popular press was uninterested in popular political movements, notably the Common Wealth Party, which had a string of by-election successes in the second half of the war. They only took notice of the organisation after it was electorally successful, and even… 



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