WW archiveIssue 826
15 July 2010
Humble petition or militant action?
There are two sides to Tolpuddle, argues Mike Macnair
Every year around this time there is a festival and march organised by the Trade Union Congress at Tolpuddle, Dorset, to commemorate the Tolpuddle Martyrs. The martyrs were six men - George Loveless and his brother James, James Hammett, James Brine, Thomas Standfield and his son John - who were convicted in 1834 of “administering an unlawful oath” - ie, attempting to form a branch of an agricultural labourers’ union - and sentenced to transportation to Australia. Within two years a mass campaign had secured their pardon and their release. This year’s festival is taking place over the coming weekend, July 16-18, with the march on Sunday at 2pm.
Drastic action; Singled out; Nine points; Predators; Charlatans; Studying Rita; Fear of fascists
Peter Manson looks at the latest split from the Socialist Workers Party
James Turley critiques the SWP's proprietorial culture
Communists fight to reassert the power of women, writes Eddie Ford
As the US steps up it efforts to provoke regime change from above, Yassamine Mather looks at the reasons for the failure of the working class to win leadership of the opposition movement
Jim Gilbert warns of increased corporate involvement in the arts
Steve Gillan, new general secretary of the prison officers' union, the POA, wrote to the CPGB in response to Eddie Ford's article last week. Mark Fischer spoke to him
Things are looking good to Howard Roak