The Historical Echoes Of The Peterloo Massacre

Originally published on the Morning Star website. On 16 August 1819 Mary Fildes and members of the Female Reform Society marched to St.Peter’s Fields in the centre of Manchester with many other people to angrily demand the end of political corruption , hunger and unemployment. The women said, “Every succeeding night brings with it new […]

Engels: the journey home (part two)

Guest article from Manchester’s Now Then Magazine. This article follows Part One, which can be found here: The first part of this article previewed the unveiling in Manchester of a statue of communist pioneer Friedrich Engels as part of Manchester International Festival. But that statue, brought from the former Soviet Union by Turner Prize nominated video artist […]

Engels: the journey home (part one)

Guest article from Manchester’s Now Then Magazine: “A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism”. So begins The Communist Manifesto. The spirit of its authors, the political philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, can still be found in Manchester, the radical city that inspired them. Nearly 170 years after the book’s publication and exactly […]

Not the fake news : real stories of refuge and asylum

We have all seen the frequently published articles of the right wing press monstering refugees and asylum seekers. Using them as a scapegoat for all of society’s ill’s and diverting attention away from the inadequate government policy that causes them. Refugee’s are blamed for the shortage of housing, long NHS waiting times, lack of school […]