…from the quill of Antishenes
Not all the time, of course. But a hundred years ago, in August 1911 fifty thousand armed troops were preparing to enter London while Liverpool was wracked by riots in which at least two men were shot dead. A nationwide strike by stevedores, railwaymen, carriers and other transport workers brought much of the country to a standstill. Manchester and other major cities were fearing widespread famine. Naval detachments joined troops and hard-pressed police in the City where an estimated 200,000 people had taken to the streets. Much of Liverpool was without electricity because coal could not reach the power stations. In London, the buses were taken off the roads due to petrol shortages. Strike-breaking vans were stoned, and police leave cancelled. Labour MP Keir Hardie told a strike meeting at London’s Tower Hill: “The masters show you no mercy. They starve you, they sweat you, they oppress you. Pay them back in their own coin.”
Nothing much changed since then. The socialist parliamentarians are responsible as ever, and our cities will be without transport and electricity not because of some strike, but thanks to them and their red/green ideology. We elected them, of course, all by ourselves. No whips or machine guns in sight which could provide us with an excuse. It was just our stupidity and complacency. And do not expect the troops to save us.