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What would Keir Hardie Say?

What would Keir Hardie Say?

Exploring his vision and relevance to 21st Century politics.

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My work has consisted of trying to stir up a divine discontent with wrong. KEIR HARDIE

Has the Labour Party stayed true to Hardie's socialist ideals and vision?
What would Hardie make of the recent developments in Scottish politics?
If he were active today, what would Keir Hardie say about attacks on welfare • trade union rights • immigration • privatisation • European Union • the economy?

A passionate leader who fought for justice, Keir Hardie, founder and first leader of the Labour Party, was a stringent critic of the world he saw around him. A socialist, a trade unionist and above all an agitator, he gave unstinting support to the women’s suffrage movement and risked all in his commitment to anti-imperialism and international peace.

Now, 100 years after Hardie’s death, editor Pauline Bryan gathers together essays from writers, trade unionists, academics and politicians, including Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, to reflect on Hardie’s contribution and what it means today.
Title What would Keir Hardie Say?
Subtitle Exploring his vision and relevance to 21st Century politics.
Author Edited by Pauline Bryan
ISBN 9781910745151
eISBN 9781910324561
Binding Paperback
Author Bio

Pauline Bryan was asked by the Keir Hardie Society to produce a book of essays to commemorate Keir Hardie. She is well placed to do this as she was a member of the Independent Labour Party and the Labour Party and previously worked for the Fabian Society. She jointly edited Class, Nation and Socialism: The Red Paper on Scot-land 2014 and contributed to The Red Paper on Scotland 2005, Scotland's Road to Socialism: Time to Choose 2013 and A Modest Proposal: For the Agreement of the People. For 8 years she edited The Citizen magazine for the Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism.

Back Cover Text My work has consisted of trying to stir up a divine discontent with wrong. KEIR HARDIE

Has the Labour Party stayed true to Hardie's socialist ideals and vision?
What would Hardie make of the recent developments in Scottish politics?
If he were active today, what would Keir Hardie say about attacks on welfare • trade union rights • immigration • privatisation • European Union • the economy?

A passionate leader who fought for justice, Keir Hardie, founder and first leader of the Labour Party, was a stringent critic of the world he saw around him. A socialist, a trade unionist and above all an agitator, he gave unstinting support to the women’s suffrage movement and risked all in his commitment to anti-imperialism and international peace.

Now, 100 years after Hardie’s death, editor Pauline Bryan gathers together essays from writers, trade unionists, academics and politicians to reflect on Hardie’s contribution and what it means today.
Table of Contents

CONTENTS

FOREWORD Dolores May Arias

INTRODUCTION Pauline Bryan

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

SOCIALISM Richard Leonard

CHRISTIANITY Bob Holman

INTERNATIONAL PEACE Jeremy Corbyn

CAMPAIGNS AND CAUSES TRADE UNIONISM William Knox

THE ILP Barry Winter

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE Fran Abrams

HOME RULE Dave Watson

MAKING HIS MARK

WEST HAM John Callow

MERTHYR TYDFIL Owen Smith

CUMNOCK Cathy Jamieson

BEFORE EVERYTHING ELSE

AN AGITATOR Melissa Benn

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