1968 - as momentous as the BBC would have us think?

#1
Anyone else getting a bit tired by the BBC's bleating that 1968 was a momentous, epoch-changing year?

You should have been there - 1968.

After all, if it was so good, wouldn't they have set Life on Mars five years earlier? As an erstwhile student of history I'm wondering if 1968 only gets prominence because commissioning editors are, on average 40 or so years old? Or perhaps because the sort of people making potato prints in the back of camper vans in between riots in 1968 are now about 60 or so years old and run the BBC?

The trouble is I also get it from my parents; 'momentous year, marched against this, against that, met one of the Dimblebys,' yadda yadda yadda.

1968:

Bad clothes.
Bad music.
Corrupt politicians.
Misguided wars.

Nothing remarkable about that for us, is there? Or am I really missing something?
 
#2
IIRC it is the only year since WW2 that no British service men or women were killed on active duty. That would make it a good year in my book.
 
#3
It was the height of the movement that was tearing down the old social order, blissfully and wilfully ignorant of the fact they had nothing with which to replace it but empty rhetoric and wishful thinking.

That generation is directly responsible for the state of the nation today, like children escaping from the child-seat and seizing control of the car.
 
#4
Trust me, it was total shite, i time travelled back there with Doctor Who to save a young Maggie Thatcher from the evil robot the argies sent back to destroy her.
Its just because anything before the 60's great and they dont want to acknowledge the sad state of affairs the world is in now is because of the fcukin hippie movement and them "changing" things back then.

Cal
 

oldbaldy

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#5
one-flew-over said:
IIRC it is the only year since WW2 that no British service men or women were killed on active duty. That would make it a good year in my book.
Agreed.
 
#6
smartascarrots said:
That generation is directly responsible for the state of the WORLD today, like children escaping from the child-seat and seizing control of the car.
Exactly, There was even something on ITV about this, and now i can see why the great old BBC cnuts are trying to flog it off as something else.
 
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fozzy

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#7
No, its not just you VM. It is tiresome.
You are correct to think that its just a great big circle jerk from all various editors, producers, and similar ilk in the Media who started off as Student Gwants in the late 60's.

That generation bore the arse off me. Did the usual adolescent rebellion stuff to upset Daddy, then ended up joining the establishment that they so despise. cnuts the lot of 'em!


Back in the real world, normal folk just got on with their lives

The most significant and important fact about 1968, is that it is the only year since the end of WW2 that a British Serviceman has not been killed in action
 
#8
one-flew-over said:
IIRC it is the only year since WW2 that no British service men or women were killed on active duty. That would make it a good year in my book.


Beat me to it one-flew, surely a reason to celebrate in anyone's book.
 
#9
fozzy said:
No, its not just you VM. It is tiresome.
You are correct to think that its just a great big circle jerk from all various editors, producers, and similar ilk in the Media who started off as Student Gwants in the late 60's.

That generation bore the arse off me. Did the usual adolescent rebellion stuff to upset Daddy, then ended up joining the establishment that they so despise. * the lot of 'em!


Back in the real world, normal folk just got on with their lives

The most significant and important fact about 1968, is that it is the only year since the end of WW2 that a British Serviceman has not been killed in action


My bold - the other most significant fact about this year is that I was born! Hurrah for me.
 
#11
one-flew-over said:
IIRC it is the only year since WW2 that no British service men or women were killed on active duty. That would make it a good year in my book.
Bet that doesn't get mentioned at all by the useless t**ers in the BBC
 
#12
Its significant only in that a lot of the baby boomer generation were hitting 18-20 years of age by then, and they're totally convinced what happened when they were young was the most important thing, god when will they hurry up and die. Clearly, 1979 was a far more momentous year, rather than a fake hippy revolution that didn't last, '79 had 3 world transforming ones, the beginning of the Neo-liberal revolution in Britain and the US, the Chinese changed from state socialism to market-driven economics (the effects of which are only becoming apparent now) and the Islamic revolution in Iran, all in one year!
 
#13
In my opinion Only good thing is it is the only year a soldier wasn't killed on service.

The 60s marked the start of the decline of Britian as a respected Nation, which was temporarily saved in the mid 80s and has now continued its slow decline to obscurity.

The 60s saw the start of the breakdown of pride, family values and respect for tradition in this country.
 
#14
I was only here on three occasions during the sixties, due to overseas postings, and what I saw here was pants compared to other counties, mad ********* posing as Social Changers, Socialist left wingers out to change the world, (but not knowing or caring into WHAT). They are they were the root cause of most of todays ills in this poor benighted country I call mine. A curse on all their houses, and bad CESS to them one and all.

Thompson.........A foaming pint of John Barleycorn if you please...Thank you
 
#15
I agree with those that say it was the only year since WW2 that a British soldier has not been killed in action.

Oh! West Brom won the FA Cup that year as well!!
 
#16
I was seven years old.


It was a fantastic year (for seven year olds anyway)
 
#17
benjaminw1 said:
oldbaldy said:
one-flew-over said:
IIRC it is the only year since WW2 that no British service men or women were killed on active duty. That would make it a good year in my book.
Agreed.
Only year since 1900 I seem to recall
Given 1900 was in the middle of a war it must go back even beyond then, does anyone know if this is true and if so how far back does this very sad fact go before there was another?
 
#18
TET Offensive Begins
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
Paris Student Protest Triggers Nationwide Crisis
Robert Kennedy Assassinated
Soviet Union Invades Czechoslovakia
Tory MP Enoch Powell made his "Rivers of Blood" speech
Foreign Secretary George Brown resigned after quarrelling with colleagues and criticising Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
A riot over an umpiring decision led to the suspension of a Test match between the West Indies and England.
Mexico Olympics, medal winning black American athletes raised defiant fists of Black Power from the rostrum.
Plans were announced to reduce Britain's voting age to 18 while the country's first abortion clinic opened in November.
In March 1968, Grosvenor Square in London became, for a few hours, a battleground as 80,000 protestors against the Vietnam war besieged the American Embassy.

So rioting all over the place, cabinet resignations,assassinations....oh and a contraversial umpiring decision.........sounds like a great year!
Oh yeah and Twiggy was the face of '68

no tits...far too skinny and a really bad hair cut
 
#19
And there's more from papers released under the time expired secrecy rule.

The truth about 1968
Secret government documents have revealed Harold Wilson's government was on the verge of implementing an economic crackdown that would have thrown the country into chaos.
On the verge of economic catastrophe
Secret government documents have for the first time revealed a plan for a "virtual financial coup d'etat".

UK planned to give Falklands to Argentina
During 1968, the UK Government intended to sign an agreement that would have given Argentina sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, backing down only at the last minute.

Callaghan: I was wrong on police and race
As home secretary, James Callaghan bowed to pressure and excluded policing from his Race Relations Act - 30 years on, he says he got it wrong.

The year the world shook
In 1968 the world was rocking in more ways than one. From mass protests to progressive pop, every level of western society was undergoing turmoil and change.

Queen halted Armistice Day reforms
Church proposals to modernise Remembrance Sunday and make it more relevant to young people were thrown out because the Queen objected to them.

Interesting stuff about the Falklands and the Remembrance parade.
Nov 11

Falklands
 
#20
It was a bad year. I was 16, and spent every single day hoping for a shag, but it didn't happen.


(Raggedy, please don't say things like: "Thompson.........A foaming pint of John Barleycorn if you please...Thank you"
The phrasing has negative associations for some here...)
 

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