1919

The year of strikes, struggles and soviets ...

1919: Strikes, Struggles and Soviets

1919 pamphlet cover

A new short book (40 pages + cover), written by Janine Booth and published by Workers' Liberty.

In 1919, inspired by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, British workers took more strike action than ever before. But communists in Britain had still not formed a united party. Labour's representation in Parliament was weak.

31 January 1919: Reading the Riot Act

Battle of George Square, 1919

An historical anecdote from the Clydeside General Strike of 1919 (pictured)

 

In George Square in Glasgow
in Nineteen-nineteen
Sixty thousand red rebels
are striking a scene

The sheriff takes stage
to proclaim the King's words
Required by the Riot Act
order: Disperse!

By Royal decree
clear the square in an hour
On pain of a pounding
of military power

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