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LEVELLER's DAY: We are still learning the lessons

On the night of May 14 1649, at the height of the English revolution, Cromwell's troops overpowered a group of 400 Levellers in a surprise attack at Burford, Oxfordshire. What took then took place, argues Gawain Little established principles we are still trying to get to grips with in the modern Labour Movement.

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ROBERT GRIFFITHS: 1911 When the State fired on civilians

This year is the centenary of the 1911 transport workers' strike, which turned murderous in Llanelli. Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the CP recently gave the AL Morton lecture on this key event. For many years, since the imposition of the Poll Tax, protests at the siting of cruise missiles at Greenham Common and the strike at News International,  the repressive role of the State has not figured in the concerns of the labour movement. Robert's lecture shows how the state responds when challenged and why we need to be brushing up on our history. 

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Marx & Morris - Why we need them more than ever

In 1934 Stanley Baldwin, scourge of the miners and arch reactionary was tasked with forming a committee to officially mark the centenary of the birth of William Morris. Robin Page Arnot, CP leader and official historian of the miners' union, determined to write a counter blast to the official pomp and rescue the essence and true Morris for the working class and socialism. In this talk to Leicester Secular Society  [10 October 2010], David Grove continues the rescue mission! Morris, life long socialist, Marxist, visionary, brilliant writer, printer, weaver, poet and designer is today, the most googled name of any designer in history.

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