Category Archives: human rights

Political Women: Sandy Rose, Socialist, Feminist, Trade Unionist

  In this occasional series I ask the question; why do some women become political activists?  Sandy Rose was part of the post war generation that lived at a time of great hope, this is her story……….. “I was born … Continue reading

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My review of “Struggle or Starve, Working Class Unity in Belfast’s 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots” by Sean Mitchell

“Struggle or Starve” could be an epithet for  UK in 2017  as the government pursues its policy of persecuting the poor. In this new book Sean Mitchell, socialist and founder of Ireland’s People before Profit Party,   reminds us  of an … Continue reading

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Remembering Eddie Frow: Communist, Trade Union Activist, Historian…

Today it is twenty years since Eddie Frow died.  In his long life Eddie embodied the way in which Communism shaped the life of a man who was an activist in his trade union, a historian, a writer, a rambler, … Continue reading

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Political Women; Lisa Turnbull: Single Mum, Durham Teaching Assistant, campaigner

Lisa Turnbull did not want to be a political campaigner but in 2015  her employer Labour-controlled Durham County Council told her and  2,700 of her fellow  Teaching Assistants  that their highly skilled work  would be downgraded  and  their  pay  cut … Continue reading

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From factory workers to care workers…

I wrote this article in 2014 and very little has changed for the poor women of east Manchester; whether elderly or working in the care sector. My mother is Irish but all the women I interviewed for this article were … Continue reading

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Book review; Bob Crow Socialist, Leader, Fighter by Gregor Gall

Bob Crow grew up on a council estate in the East End of London: his father was a docker and his mother was  a cleaner. He left school at 16 without any qualifications with dreams of becoming a professional footballer, … Continue reading

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A Better World for Women: British Women Trade Unionists visit the Soviet Union in 1925

In 2017 it feels  like the word hope has left the political vocabulary. Politics today seems to be all  about trying to hang  on to our jobs and our public services. It feels as if we are all in the … Continue reading

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