May Day Bank Holiday

Today’s the May Day Bank Holiday in the UK. But far from celebrating it in suitably socialist fashion, I’m going to draw attention to the proclamation of the Brussels congress of the Second International in 1891, which insisted that the celebrations always take place on 1 May itself, rather than on, say, a nearby weekend (or on the following Monday), in order to emphasise the holiday’s “true character as an economic demand for the eight hour day and an assertion of class struggle”.

Americans! This year’s Loyalty Day proclamation is here!

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