Workers Dreadnought

A constitution for British soviets. Points for a communist programme - Sylvia Pankhurst

Pankhurst outlines her vision of how a system of soviets might be applied to Britain.

The capitalist system must be completely overthrown and replaced by the common ownership and workers' control of the land, the industries of all kinds and all means of production and distribution.

Parliament must be abolished and replaced by a system of Soviets formed by delegates from the industries, the homes, the regiments and the ships.

You are called to the war - Sylvia Pankhurst

Article in Workers' Dreadnought opposing the involvement of the Allied nations in the Russian Civil War.

Wake up! Wake up! Oh, sleepy British people! The new war is in full blast, and you are called to fight in it; you cannot escape; you must take part!

Look to the future - Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst discusses the limitations of the increased suffrage of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Votes for women. Sex disability not removed

The election - Sylvia Pankhurst

Anti-parliamentary article published in Workers' Dreadnought on the day of the 1918 British general election.

'No, I'm not going to vote', said a poor woman in a 'bus, 'the British Government would take the blood from your heart'. In those bitter words she summed up her attitude towards the empty political balderdash, which now issues in prolific streams from the mouths of Parliamentary candidates and their supporters, and all but fills the newspapers.

The Lenin revolution: what it means to democracy - Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst announces the Russian Revolution and discusses its relevance to the situation in Britain.

'Anarchy in Russia', say the newsagents' placards. The capitalist newspapers denounce the latest Russian Revolution in unmeasured terms, and even the working men and women in the street too often echo their angry denunciations.

Towards a Communist party - Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst discusses the problems of regroupment facing British left groups, and the proposals to affiliate to the Communist International.

In The Call of February 12th Albert Inkpin, secretary to the BSP, gives an account of private unity negotiations to form a Communist Party of the four organisations which at present declare affiliation to the Third or Communist International, inaugurated at Moscow.

Soviet Russia as I saw it in 1920: the Congress in the Kremlin - Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst's report to Workers' Dreadnaught, on her attendance at the Second Congress of the Communist International, in Moscow, 1920.

Almost immediately after my arrival at the Djelavoi Dvor, a message came: 'Lenin has sent for you to come at once to the Kremlin.'

Freedom of discussion - Sylvia Pankhurst

Article on the necessity of free, open discussion within the CPGB, and the need for Workers' Dreadnaught to remain independent of the party Executive.

Movements, like human beings, grow and develop from stage to stage and pass through many crazes and illnesses. The Communist Party of Great Britain is at present passing through a sort of political measles called discipline which makes it fear the free expression and circulation of opinion within the Party.

Our point of view - Sylvia Pankhurst

Explanation of the principles of the Workers' Dreadnought group, and their reasons for joining the Communist Party of Great Britain.

What is the difference between ourselves and the Communist Party?

Our differences are partly of principle, partly of practical utility.

As to the second, we believe that we can do useful work for Communism by continuing the Workers' Dreadnought, and we do not admit the right of anyone to stop us.

Women members of parliament - Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst argues that the election of women to parliament won't overcome the bankruptcy of parliamentary politics.

The return of eight women to Parliament marks an advance in public opinion. People have realised at last that women are persons with all the human attributes, not merely some of them and that women have an equal right with men to take part in making the social conditions under which they live.