Archive film of the 1945 General Election

Someone shared this video with me today, and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a kind of public information film made by the British Council to show the world what Britain was about. This one focuses on the 1945 General Election, and in particular the contest in the constituency of Kettering, where a young John Profumo (whatever happened to him?) is trying to defend his seat against a strong Labour Party challenge.

It’s striking how similar a lot of it seems in terms of the process. Profumo makes a speech against apathy, we see him riding round in a car speaking out of a loud-speaker and the actual act of voting (giving your name at the polling station, having your name marked off, voting in the booth, all done with paper and pencil) is pretty much the same as now. The film explains that the counting of the votes had to take place many days later (like in Tower Hamlets a couple of weeks ago, but for a very different reason), so that all of our servicemen still overseas could cast their votes and have them flown back. The counting of the votes then, as now, was done by hand. Anyway, enjoy.

4 thoughts on “Archive film of the 1945 General Election

  1. An extremely brave & interesting ” video recording” of a the awakening of the media style on how to communicate with the public on the first election on WW11. One should remember this was not the same electoral system that was imposed on the defeated enemy Nazi Germany ,but rather an OK of let’s carry on England chaps on where we left off. Today I can personally reflect back upon who won such a bloody war with over 50 million dead & goodness knows how many emotional cripples were born or created in the UK .We never even won a peace ! Viva Tory Bullshit & rule Britannia is yesterday. We have people starving & dying in the UK today ! I for one do not go down the same road as my beloved grand parents and other family members on this rule Britannia crap & God Save the Queen. The Nazi’s UK style are now back as the new kid’s on the block.
    Wake up England !

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