On This Day in History … Putney Debates

28 October 1647. Arguably the most important political debate in British history (now little remembered, let alone studied) happened. The Putney Debates took place over a fortnight between the victors of the British revolution and wars of the 1640s (often dismissed by the unflattering name 'Roundheads'). The setting is St Mary's church, Putney, west of …

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Podcast: de-militarise education

Jin and Mel from de-militarise education interviewed me for their dED Go Deep podcast: https://soundcloud.com/deducation/ded-go-deep-veterans-for-peace They interviewed me as part of their HYPE for Veternas for Peace UK in July 2019.  As the National Coordinator for VFP UK I am trying to get to more and different media the highlight our aims. It was a …

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Revolution Meme

No apologies to the original maker of the meme. It's more pertinent to portray The Levellers and Agitators in the late 1640s. They defeated the royalists; lawfully tried and executed the king; abolished the monarchy; voted for near-universal suffrage; mutinied and refused deployment to Ireland (Cromwell executed three of them for this); called for equality; …

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I Will Not Wear a Poppy for Remembrance

Well done students at Cambridge University, for seeing through the militarisation and glorification of war.  Stand firm against the 'poppy fascists'. The veterans who suffered the tragedies of trench warfare and the slaughter at the whims of generals originally paraded under the banner 'Never Again'. They would be aghast at the way Remembrance has become …

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