Garrett, George, 1896-1966

George Garrett (third from left)

A short account of George Garrett, Liverpool Wobbly and working class writer.

Famous first words of any portfolio hugger:‘our country is in a jam: YOU must tighten your belts’”. George Garrett, from Liverpool 1921-1922. “He is a biggish hefty chap of about 36, Liverpool-Irish, brought up a Catholic but now a Communist. He says he has had about nine month's work in (I think) the last 6 years. He went to sea as a lad and was at sea about 10 years, then worked as a docker.

Merseyside police brutalise protestors

Merseyside Police attack anti-cuts demonstrators at town hall meeting.

Tonight, members of SolFed and AFed joined members of Occupy Liverpool and assorted anti-cuts protestors, in a protest against council cuts outside Liverpool town hall.

At its peak, there were around fifty people, and it followed a similar pattern to other protests at the town hall, mainly general chanting and heckling etc.

Liverpool day of action

Liverpool Solidarity Federation members participate in a UK Uncut (Liverpool) action this afternoon. We managed to directly and in-directly close seven stores.

This afternoon, six members of Liverpool Solidarity Federation participated in a UK Uncut (Liverpool) afternoon of action.

Militant anti-fascism and the Occupy movement

A brief overview of the ideas behind militant anti-fascism, and why physically confronting the far-right is necessary. Aimed at people who've been taken in by the idea of pacifism as an absolute, but specifically the Occupy movement and those camping at Occupy Liverpool.

On the very first night that Occupy Liverpool set up camp, at the base of Wellington's Column, members of the English Defence League showed up. This wasn't unexpected in the context of previous and continued hostility by the EDL towards the Occupy movement, but it did raise some concerns.

From Barcelona With Love: The spectre of Spanish anarchism in Liverpool

A look at the early influence of Spanish anarchism on Merseyside.

Browsing through the parliamentary archives from the late 19th century recently, as you do, I came across an interesting contribution from Mr J. A. Willox, the member of parliament for the Everton district of Liverpool:

Liverpool councillor Joe Anderson is scum

Liverpool council leader makes unfounded allegations of violence against protestors.

Last night saw another lively anti-cuts demonstration outside Liverpool town hall. The council were meeting to put the finishing touches to their huge programme of cuts, that will see job losses and, the reduction of vital services for the people of the city.

The first scandal of the evening was the decision to ban the public from entry, despite it being a public meeting.

Kelvin McKenzie's fake apology

Kelvin McKenzie the former editor of the Sun has apologised for remarks that he and his paper made about the people of Liverpool following the Hillsborough tragedy.

Vile sewer rat, and former Sun editor, Kelvin McKenzie has today apologised for his despicable slander against Liverpool supporters that was made during the Sun’s reporting of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

McKenzie and the Sun accused Liverpool fans of picking the pockets of victims, and urinating on people trying to help the injured.

Liverpool N30

A brief reflection on today's march and rally in Liverpool

Today I was one of two million public sector workers on strike. I joined eleven comrades from Solidarity Federation on a march and rally in Liverpool. A local newspaper estimates that 15,000 people joined the march, which is a slightly different figure than the 4,500 that the BBC is claiming. Whatever the true figure, it was clearly in excess of 10,000.

Working-class history: Anarcho-syndicalism on Merseyside

Extracts from the book Building the Union: Studies on the growth of the workers’ movement: Merseyside, 1756-1967 by Bob Holton about anarcho-syndicalism in the area in the early part of the 20th century.

The development of Merseyside as a seaport led [...] to the migration and settlement of many different nationalities and ethnic groups in the area, bringing with them experience of revolutionary movements elsewhere. Economic expansion not only meant the construction of dock and railway installations, but also the provision of commercial facilities to cope with expanding trade.

Portet, Lorenzo 1870-1917

A short account of the life of Lorenzo Portet, active alongside Francisco Ferrer and an anarchist militant in Spain, Argentina, France and Liverpool.

“Portet acted as a link between emerging Liverpool syndicalism and the development of a revolutionary industrial movement in Spain in the period before 1914”.
- Bob Holton in Building the Union, Hikins.

“Lorenzo Portet was a rare individual. He was an unusually brilliant companion, a loyal, inspiring friend"
- Margaret Sanger, My Fight for Birth Control