Sunday, 4 July 2010

Come to Tolpuddle!

Out of all the Labour movement festivals in Britain, Tolpuddle Martyrs has got to be the best. Although all are fine, particularly Durham Miners' Gala which takes place this saturday, Tolpuddle is held dear by many trade union activists.

This year thousands of visiters from all over the country will come to Dorset for the event which takes place on the weekend of 16th to 18th of July. There will be the usual favourites such as the sunday march of trade union and progresive banners,the music of Billy Bragg and the rousing speech of Tony Benn.

For fans of Folk music Eliza Carthy and Chris Woods will be playing over the weekend. There will be a radical history school, a POA sponsored walk to Dorchester to the court that sentenced the martyrs, as well as kid's activities, debates and of course some lovely local cider.

The Communist Party are looking to expand it's presence which has been fairly huge over the past few years, swelled by activists from Bristol, North Devon, South Devon, Dorset and Somerset branches.

The radical Country Standard will be re-launched at the event, a publication that might be recalled by older agricultural workers at Tolpuddle. The Morning Star and Young Communist League are also set to have a bigger impact at this year's festival.

I look forward to Tolpuddle every year and I have been coming ever since I was young, when me and my brother were disapointed, as our parents had described it as a 'labour rally', not to see any car races.

Tolpuddle is not to be missed. When a Con-Dem government seeks to carry out an assault against the working class unity of the entire movement is paramount. The biggest possible turnout at Tolpuddle would send a message to number ten that we are still here, we are re-gaining strength and we are not going to go down without a fight.