11 Jan 2020 | Radical Stroud

Jack Zipes

Munich, Arsenal and Frankfurt Twenty years after Neville Chamberlain Proclaimed ‘Peace for our time’ at Heston, On his return from the Munich conference, The ‘Busby Babes’ played their last ever game In England, against Arsenal, at Highbury: The ...

23 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Great Money Trick

The Great Money Trick (Performed with Matches) Hello and welcome to my company, I’m going to be serious, I hope you will allow me; I’m here to explain how you get your money: This is serious, it won’t be funny – A lesson about profit and how you ...

12 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Join Labour’s Digital Spread

Join the Digital Army Speak and Write the Truth I grew up in a working-class Tory household, A Daily Express household, So, I know the mindset: Deference and false consciousness: ‘Gawd bless ya, Mr Scrooge’; A generation after A Christmas Carol,...

11 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Liberal Democratic Fascism

When the Daily Express and the Daily Mail tried to control The Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, back in the thirties, He commented in his masculine way: ‘What the proprietorship of these newspapers is aiming at is power, But power without responsib...

11 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Tactical Voting and Conscience

Green Principles, Pragmatism and stopping the Tories in Stroud There are those who say that when they cast their vote, They have to vote according to their conscience, To their ‘principles’, Rather than pragmatically or tactically, Rejecting any i...

09 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Stroud’s Political Spectrum

Stroud’s Spectrum The colours of Stroud’s spectrum are not what they seem: Vote Red: Get Green. And this you know is true: Vote Green: Get Blue. It’s not some fictive story: Vote Green: Get Tory. So keep it real and serene: Vote Red: Get Green...

09 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Jolly Well Vote Labour

Jolly Well Vote Labour: A New Christmas Carol Oh for a new Charles Dickens classic: Jolly Well Vote Labour – No more of that Bob Cratchit toasting Scrooge: "Mr. Scrooge!... I'll give you Mr. Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast!" – In the most comple...

07 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Cirencester

Cirencester seems like a typical High-Tory Cotswold sort of town, Men in yellow and red cord trousers - Profuse pocket kerchiefs, tweed jackets, Highly polished shiny brown brogue shoes, Conservative ladies who take luncheon, Just one silent begg...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

Prehistory: Why is it so entrancing?

Circles without Class Ceilings Why can prehistory be so entrancing? Why do some people find prehistory so entrancing? Why do they become so spellbound When walking by, let’s say, a long barrow? How do they become so transported in time and space? ...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

History But Not As You Did In School

Did you get bored in your history lessons? Endless facts and dates. A dreary litany. Prehistoric Britain … The Romans … Those Anglo-Saxons and those Vikings … Then came the Normans … WELL HERE’S A NEW APPROACH A RADICAL RETHINK Questioning wha...

04 Sep 2019 | Radical Stroud

Ghost Mills Walks

Free, but just a few places left only - contact me if you wish to go: 9.45 - approx 13:00 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH A leisurely walk along the towpath follows past old mills to Bowbridge and thence Stroud. Uncovering a colonial landscape whilst in the f...

21 Aug 2019 | Radical Stroud

Peterloo and Revolution

REVOLUTION 1819-2019 This was the time when the age of Marx replaced that of Burke, The time when the ‘swinish multitude’ and ‘the mob’ became a working class, When there was not just the economic revolution of school textbooks, But also a presence...

28 Jul 2019 | Radical Stroud

Henry Hunt and Peterloo

‘With Henry Hunt, we’ll go my boys, With Henry Hunt, we’ll go, We’ll mount the Cap of Liberty, In spite of Nadin Joe. On the 16th day of August Eighteen hundred and nineteen, A meeting held in Peter’s Field Was glorious to be seen, Joe Nadin an...

22 Jul 2019 | Radical Stroud

Happy Birthday Thomas Spence

Coming events cast shadows before, Fings are wot they used to be, Not so much a la recherce des temps perdu As deja flippin’ vu: London on Thomas Spence’s birthday, (June 21st 1750) Today June 21st 2019: No need to try and slip through wormholes...

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Inns and Coffee Houses of London

Radical inns, taverns, alehouses, coffee houses, homes, houses, chapels, Institutes, debating clubs and Spencean ‘free and easies’ Derived from a reading of Radical Underworld by Ian McCalman, Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance ...

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Thomas Spence

Part the First Hear his Trumpet of Jubilee Take us far beyond the Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man, Far beyond votes and politics To agrarianism and ‘The People’s Farm’: The Jubilee, the day of freedom, The end of landlords when land would be held i...

02 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Life of Allen Davenport

Allen Davenport Prologue When you were there at the Hopkins Street political chapel, Or the Archer Street chapel in Soho, Or listening at the Mulberry Tree in Moorfields, In those months before the Cato Street Conspiracy, There, with Robert Wedde...