Simon de Montfort
got off on the wrong foot
He persecuted the Jewish
but won the Battle of Lewes
Simon de Montfort
It's easier to
Weaponise a weapon that's
Edward lived in Hoxton
Labouring his load
on the neighbouring road
to new arrivals
migrated for survival
from Poland, from Russia
to the holy crush of London
Under the same sky
came together, made ties
meeting in the streets
Tars and bars and beats
tasting gifts and eats
More than metropolitan
A Marxist and trade unionist herself, Booth makes Lansbury a hero of her time and place and of what she sees as a continuing fight for equality.
Since autistic activist Judy Singer coined the term ‘neurodiversity’ some twenty years ago, it has facilitated a great enlightenment and a progressive new approach to the experiences and rights of autistic and other neurologically atypical people.
Ian Townson reviews 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' in Solidarity 491, 16 January 2019
Minnie Lansbury was one of the rebel Labour councillors of Poplar (East London) who in 1921 forced the Tory¬Liberal coalition government to start central government payments to equalise resources between councils in poor and in well¬off areas.
Janine Booth’s biography of Lansbury is rich in detail about her life; working¬class conditions at the time; and much more. It is a solid achievement given the scarcity of material available on Lansbury to work on.
Listen to Janine speaking at Momentum's The World Transformed event at Labour Party conference on 24 September 2017.
Text of the George Lansbury Memorial Lecture, given on 16 November 2016 at Queen Mary University, London.
Follow the links for a shocking story of a Stalinist anti-semitic purge.
London is loyal, London's a comrade
London has toiled through many a bomb raid
London's a leader, London's a fighter
London is feeling the noose closing tighter
Those in London's seats of power
Are sending suspects to the tower
London's former champions sense
There's too much foreign influence
Originally published on Workers' Liberty's website.
There was a discussion at Workers' Liberty's 'Ideas for Freedom' discussion weekend in 2006 about 'The Left and Cultural Relativism'. The two speakers were Janine Booth and Peter Tatchell. These are the notes from Janine's contribution.