Archive for February, 2007

DSW, #75

February 28th, 2007

Olof Palme, Swedish social democrat and prime minister; born in Stockholm, 30 January 1927, shot dead, also in Stockholm, 28 February 1986.

DSW, #74

February 28th, 2007

Friedrich Ebert, German social democrat and first President of the Weimar Republic. Born in Heidelberg, 4 February 1871, died in Berlin, 28 February 1925.

This Made Me Laugh

February 28th, 2007


The linked article (sadly, nothing to do with the image) is here.

Dead Socialist Watch, #264

February 25th, 2007

William Anderson, socialist politician. An activist in the Shop Assistants’ Union and an ILPer, he served as chairman of the party, 1910-13. He married Mary Reid Macarthur of the National Federation of Women Workers in 1911 (who really ought to be in this Dead Socialist Watch, and is going into the database right now). Opposed to the war, he was elected to Parliament for a Sheffield seat in December 1914 and in July 1917 called for the introduction to Britain of soldiers’ and workers’ councils on the model of the Russian soviets. Defeated in the 1919 election, along with other opponents of the war, he caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwards. Born at Findon, Banffshire, Scotland, 13 February 1877; died in London, 25 February 1919.


February 24th, 2007

Tribune reminds me that it’s the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Jarama. Lots of different versions of the song; these are the words sung by Woody Guthrie. You know how it goes; sing along:

There’s a valley in Spain called Jarama
It’s a place that we all know so well
It was there that we fought against the Fascists
We saw a peacful valley turn to hell

From this valley they say we are going
But don’t hasten to bid us adieu
Even though we lost the battle at Jarama
We’ll set this valley free before we’re through

We were men of the Lincoln Battalion
We’re proud of the fight that we made
We know that you people of the valley
We’re remember our Lincoln Brigade

You will never find peace with these Fascists
You’ll never find friends such as we
So remember that valley of Jarama
And the people that’ll set that valley free

All this world is like this valley called Jarama
So green and so bright and so fair
No fascists can dwell in our valley
Nor breathe in our new freedom’s air

Bloody Hell

February 24th, 2007

Scotland: (10) 17
Tries: Dewey, Paterson
Cons: Paterson 2
Pens: Paterson

Italy: (24) 37
Tries: Bergamasco, Scanavacca, Robertson, Troncon
Cons: Scanavacca 4
Pens: Scanavacca 3

Over here. And I foolishly decided to stay in the library, thinking that this would be the least interesting match of the afternoon. Good for the Italians.

DSW, #71

February 24th, 2007

Christopher Hill, author of The World Turned Upside Down and other fine books; born 6 February 1912; died 24 February 2003. (Some sources say 23 February. Hmm.)

DSW, #72

February 24th, 2007
Tommy Douglas, leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the New Democratic Party, and the founding father of Medicare; born 20 October, 1904, died 24 February 1986.

Mormons for War

February 23rd, 2007

Apparently almost three quarters of American Mormons think that the Iraq war was not a mistake. That’s a lot of Mormons. Survey data over here [via].

Dead Socialist Watch, #263

February 22nd, 2007

Annie Barnes, née Cappuccio, socialist and suffragist. Involved in suffragette activities in East London from 1912 (on one occasion scattering leaflets from the Monument in London), she joined the Labour Party in 1919 and served on Stepney Council 1934-7 and 1941-9.  Born c.1887, probably in Stepney, died in East Ham, 22 February 1982.

DSW, #141

February 21st, 2007

Malcolm X, Black nationalist, born 19 May 1925, shot dead 21 February 1965.

Dead Socialist Watch, #262

February 20th, 2007

Jennie Baines, suffragette. Growing up in the Salvation Army, she found her way into temperance and then into suffragist activism. She joined the WSPU in 1905, and became a paid organiser in 1908. Briefly imprisoned in 1908, she attempted to burn down the Theatre Royal in Dublin in 1912 ahead of a speech by Asquith, and was sentenced to seven months hard labour (but went on hunger strike and was released after five days). Back in prison the following year after allegedly attempting to bomb train carriages in a railway siding, she was eventually acquitted, and emigrated in Australia, where she carried on with her militancy, campaigning against conscription and flying the (banned) red flag — being jailed again on both occasions. She helped to found the Victorian branch of the Community Party in 1920, was expelled in 1925, and rejoined in ALP. (I think she sounds tremendous, and there should be more about her on the web.) Born in Birmingham, 30 November 1866, she died in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 February 1951.