Guilty and Proud of it

Poplar's Rebel Councillors and Guardians 1919-25

Author(s): BOOTH, Janine
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850366945
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In the aftermath of the First World War, thirty Labour councillors went to prison rather than accepting to inequitable taxes.

With unemployment rising in 1921 in Bow, Limehouse, Millwall and Old Ford Poplar Borough council could not help provide relief drawing only on the limited wealth of one poor London borough.

Poplar councillors, including future labour leader George Lansbury demanded that rates from richer areas should help. Rich Kensington had a hugely greater rateable value, and fewer jobless people, it could afford to pay more. So Poplar refused to pay over rates to the London County Council, and thus began the Poplar Revolt.
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In the aftermath of the First World War, thirty Labour councillors went to prison rather than accepting to inequitable taxes. With unemployment rising in 1921 in Bow, Limehouse, Millwall and Old Ford Poplar Borough council could not help provide relief drawing only on the limited wealth of one poor London borough. Poplar councillors, including future labour leader George Lansbury demanded that rates from richer areas should help. Rich Kensington had a hugely greater rateable value, and fewer jobless people, it could afford to pay more. So Poplar refused to pay over rates to the London County Council, and thus began the Poplar Revolt. Drawing on archive research and on newspaper reports, this book tells the story of the support mobilised by Poplar Council. The story begins when newly-enfranchised working-class voters elected Labour to run the Council in 1919. For the next two years, it improved life for Poplar residents, coming into ever-increasing conflict with the central authorities and the local government funding system. After six weeks, the courts released them from prison and the government changed the law to redistribute funding from richer to poorer boroughs: they had won! Over the following years, they continued to battle, but lost momentum. The book ends with a survey of outcomes and considers how this story has meaning today. “In the 1920s, Poplar’s Councillors and Guardians chose to fight. Had they chosen differently, we would not even remember them.” Contents: Introduction; Storm Clouds Gathering: Something Like an Electric Shock; A Herald of the Workers; Workers Find their Voice; Poplar’s New Councillors; Another Great Unrest; ‘We have home to make a Change’; In and out of Work; The Two Souls of Socialism; Save their Skins?; In and Out of Prison: Arrest; T.U.C. Congress; A Council behind Bars; Support on the Outside; Government under Pressure; Other Councils answer the Call; Pursuing the Prime Minister; Nellie Cressall Released; Mond begins to Move; Release; Poplar’s Victory; London Labour: on which side?. The Years After: Into 1922; The Mond Circular; To the Polls; The Cooper Report and the Poplar Order; The Voters Judge Again; The Minimum Wage; Dockers On Strike; The First Labour Government; Back in Court; Holding Back the Tide. Outcomes and Conclusions: Whatever happened to the Heroes?; Poplar’s Great Achievements; Why did Poplar win in 1921?; A Non-Infectious Disease; Other Times, Other Choices; Municipal Socialism?; Poplarism, Reform and Revolution; Is Poplar Relevant Today? Appendices: Legal Issues; Poplar’s Councillors. Chronology; Bibliography. Nine contemporary black and white photos

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850366945
ISBN10 0850366941
Author BOOTH, Janine
Binding Paperback
Date Published 1 Jul 2009
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 198
Publisher Merlin Press

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