Colston Four Not Guilty – But Beware Government Proposals
What an excellent start to the New Year, they jury’s decision that the Colston Four are not guilty of a criminal offence in their participation of the pulling down and drowning of the Colston Statue in Bristol. It is front page lead in today’s The Guardian with two pages inside. But the Government’s Police & Crime Bill will allow courts to send people found guilty of damaging a memorial to prison for 10 years. Someone caught defacing a statue could, under the proposals, be jailed for longer than someone found guilty of rape.
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100 Years Ago – 1922
Britain was coming out of a flu epidemic in which 894 people had died. The British Empire was at its largest ruling 1in 4 people, but it began to shrink with Egypt becoming independent in February and the formal establishment of the Irish Free State in December. Politics saw a fundamental change with the Labour Party becoming the second largest in the House of Commons following the collapse of Lloyd George’s Coalition Government in October and the election of a Conservative Government under Bonar Law in November. Labour’s successful candidates included Shapurji Saklatvala for Battersea North and Dr Alfred Salter for Bermondsey (see below). What became a powerful force within the Party was formed, the Transport & General Workers Union by merging 14 unions under the leadership of Ernest Bevan.
Other Significant Anniversaries Events This Year
1972: Striking miners win 27% pay rise – 50th.
1947: Attlee Government nationalises coal industry – 75th.
1872: Joseph Arch founds agricultural labourers’ union – 150th.
1872: Legislation brings in secret ballots for elections in Britain.
1847: Chartist leader Feargus O’Connor elected as MP – 175th.
For details of the labour movement anniversaries see:
Black History Anniversaries
1822: The establishment of Monrovia by the American Colonization Society leading later to the creation of Liberia and the Denmark Vestey slave revolt in the USA.
1872: British Government buys a number of forts on the Gold Coast from the Netherlands.
Lest We Forget. 2022 Calender
The Lest We Forget calendar commemorates the Caribbean Contribution to Britain in both the First and Second World Wars. Copies can be ordered direct from the author, Barbara Ellis –email@example.com. The original cost of the calendar was £11.99, but it is now on sale for £5 each plus 2nd class postage, which is £1.53 for one calendar and £1.99 for two.
Barbara Ellis is the author of a number of books – e.g. www.hansibpublications.com/AN-AFRICAN-JOURNEY-Book-Two
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