How long will ye quietly and cowardly suffer yourselves to be imposed upon, and half-starved by a set of mercenary slaves and Government hirelings? Can you still suffer them to proceed in their extensive monopolies, while your children are crying for bread? No! Let them exist not a day longer. We are the sovereignty, rise then from your lethargy. Be at the Corn Market on Monday.
The above is from a leaflet handed out in Londres in 1800. It was followed by six days of unrest at the Corn Market. It is quoted in the utterly excellent ‘The Making of the English Working Class’ by EP Thompson, which I have realised is the prime text available on the future of the island. It made inspiring reading material this morning as I recovered from last night’s excesses.
One of the most barefaced but enduring lies told by PPE graduates from Oxford who love violence and death, is that historically residents of the island have not been drawn to protests, uprising and so on. The purpose of this lie is twofold: to try to make us forget the extreme violence with which their forefathers suppressed such protest, and to try to reduce the chances of it happening again in the future.
Further amazing texts I am reading on the future of the island and of Londres include Samuel Bamford’s ‘Passages in the life of a radical’ and Decency & Disorder by Ben Wilson.
As someone with an interest in the future and – as people who know me are aware – full of a boundless optimism, I am today more interested in reading these than going out and enjoying the sunshine.