Tag: Thatcherism

Police on horses facing poll tax protesters, March 1990.

Revolutionary reflections | The moral economy of the anti-poll tax movement

The anti-poll tax movement took on and defeated a Tory government at the height of its powers. Andrew Stone explores the ways that protestors developed political justifications for resistance. 

Bollocks to the Poll Tax

Colin Revolting remembers the day 30 years ago when one of the biggest marches ever turned into a mass riot which sunk the Tory flagship Poll Tax policy and took Prime Minister Thatcher down with it. 
Poll Tax Riot 31 March 1990

revolutionary reflections | The Anti-Poll Tax Federation: Organisation and spontaneity

The anti-poll tax movement was arguably the most successful social movement in Great Britain since the 1970s. In advance of the 30th anniversary of the poll tax riot (31 March 1990), Andrew Stone explores how political organisations and grassroots initiative interacted.

Homelessness: Rachmanism returns

As homelessness figures have risen yet again, Mitch Mitchell looks at the history of housing in the UK the post-war period.

Music as a force for change: an interview with Redskins’ Martin Hewes

An interview with Martin Hewes of the Redskins, to some the true inheritors of the Clash's crown as the radical rockers

There is no revolution without love

The film Reds tells the story of John Reed and Louise Bryant's experiences of the Russian Revolution.

Keep On Keeping On! – the Redskins and me (part 2)

In the second part of his recollections on the Redskins, Colin Revolting recalls being a revolutionary during the miners' strike and its aftermath during the Redskins' growing popularity, including TV appearances, being attacked by...

revolutionary reflections | The Upturn/Downturn Debate: An Introduction

Ian Allinson summarises a debate on the development of capitalism since 1968, and how this has impacted the working class and its struggles, in an attempt to address the question of what revolutionaries should...

It’s up to us to change this Town called Malice: the politics of Paul...

John Wheeler looks back at The Jam, who became arguably the most popular and political band to emerge from the punk explosion of 1977. "We'll all be voting Conservative at the next election." Fanzine interview, 1977 "Imagine,...

Why are the Tories divided over Europe?

David Renton argues that the argument within the Tory party lies in Thatcherite politics, despite changes to the EU over the last 30 years. The way I see it, Europe is the unfinished business of the...