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John Clare: The Peasant Poet

Posted by Pete on 13th Jul 2020

Today in 1793, John Clare was born in rural Northamptonshire. He emerged from a peasant world to become a national poet, and his poetry was marked by the worsening inequalities and injustices in Bri … read more

We will support you

Posted by Pete on 30th Jun 2020

Today, in 1984, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners was founded. It was the start of a wonderful chapter in the radical history of modern Britain. Rainbow flag flapping in the wind with blue skies … read more

Another England

Posted by Pete on 14th Jun 2020

Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants' Revolt, was murdered by the Crown today, 15th June, in 1381. His death is the founding sacrifice in the radical history of England. Image source: Wikimedia Common … read more

From Merthyr to Minneapolis

Posted by Pete on 7th Jun 2020

Today is the anniversary of the Merthyr Rising in South Wales, an all too familiar story of an oppressed people who’d simply had enough. Merthyr Tydfil by French artist Alphonse Dousseau (between 1 … read more

We Only Want the Earth

Posted by Pete on 5th Jun 2020

Born today in 1868, James Connolly is the founding figure of the modern Irish Left. James Connolly Memorial in Dublin, Ireland In Britain it was Keir Hardie, in America it was Eugene Debs … read more