Posts Tagged ‘ Ethical socialism ’

Jayaben Desai and the ILP Tradition

Aug 30th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Saturday 20 August 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the day when Jayaben Desai walked out of the Grunwick photo-developing company in London, igniting a strike which drew support from thousands. GRAHAM TAYLOR remembers the woman whose dignity in dispute recalled the ethical traditions of the ILP.

For Jayaben Desai, the Grunwick strike was about low pay, compulsory overtime, trade union recognition and the inferior social status of women and immigrants – but it was also about human dignity. Tired of being humiliated, she said: “I want my freedom.”

A Day for Ada

Jul 18th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The Labour left today could do with a few members like Ada Salter, the quietly-spoken, peace-loving ILPer whose pioneering work transformed south-east London in the early decades of the 20th century. MATTHEW BROWN attended the first Ada Salter Day.

There have been many reasons in recent weeks to yearn for a different kind of left, and a different kind of Labour Party. The inaugural Ada Salter Day provided yet more cause to reflect on what a committed, campaigning, credible and radically-minded Labour movement can achieve, at its best, and how much is now under threat from its current sad state and potential demise.

London to Celebrate Ada Salter Day

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Ada Salter’s 150th birthday will be celebrated in south east London on the weekend of 15-16 July with a series of events to mark the extraordinary legacy of this pioneering ILPer on the people and politics of Bermondsey, London and the country.

Ada Salter and the Origins of Ethical Socialism

May 19th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In writing his lauded biography of ILPer Ada Salter, GRAHAM TAYLOR began to wonder about the ILP’s ethical socialism. In a recent lecture to the Socialist History Society, he traced the history of those ideas and values which the Salters epitomised through their lives in south east London.

I must start with a confession. When I began to study Ada Salter I was not fully aware of ethical socialism and I learned about it as I went along. What I have to say therefore is only a product of three years researching the book.

How the Co-op Lost its Purpose

May 3rd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Without its history, its politics and its connection to the wider movement, the Co-operative Group is just like any other supermarket chain, says STEVE THOMPSON.

Funds Needed for Sylvia Pankhurst Statue

Apr 13th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The campaign to build a London statue to the socialist suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, is calling for donations towards its goal of erecting a monument outside the Marx Memorial Library on Islington’s Clerkenwell Green.

Hunting for the Real Keir Hardie

Apr 8th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

We should remember ‘diverse Keir Hardies’, argues DAVID HOWELL, versions of the ILP founder that stretch beyond the simplicities of socialist canonisation and patronising dismissal, but never attain the dubious establishment honour of ‘national treasure’.

ILP Profiles: David Rhys Jones – Welsh Socialist Pioneer

Mar 31st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History

MARTIN WRIGHT assesses the life and contribution of David Rhys Jones, a little-known ILPer and early campaigner for Welsh socialism.

Ada Salter Talk at Marx Memorial Library

Mar 29th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Author Graham Taylor will deliver a Socialist History Society lecture on the pioneering ILPer and feminist Ada Salter at London’s Marx Memorial Library on Tuesday 26 April.

Walter Ayles Plaque to be Unveiled

Mar 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A blue plaque to commemorate ILPer and conscientious objector Walter Ayles will be unveiled in Bristol on Sunday 17 April, exactly 100 years to the day since he was arrested for campaigning against the Military Service Act of 1916.