Monday, August 08, 2011
Britain on the Brink
This article of mine, on the civil unrest sweeping Britain exactly 100 years ago, appears in the Daily Express.
Neil Clark: Exactly 100 years ago the wealthy bought revolvers to protect themselves against the mob, soldiers shot striking workers dead and revolution was in the air...
THE Edwardian era is often portrayed as a period of peace and calm that preceded the horrors of the First World War.
In fact the early years of the 20th century were a time of enormous social unrest. And exactly 100 years ago this month, in August 1911, Britain appeared to be on the brink of revolution.
You can read the whole article here:
UPDATE: At the end of the piece I say:
The Britain of 2011 is a very different country to that of 1911 but with real wages once again falling and tens of billions of pounds wiped off the stock market amid fears of a global economic crash, is our situation really that much less volatile?
After this weekend's events- it seems that it isn’t.