Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Levellers Day Outing (Oxford Working Class Bookfair On the Road)

The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make. - William Morris, Arts&Crafts movement/socialist agitator

May 1649, the LAST STAND OF THE LEVELLERS- radical fighters for liberty & democracy - 300 soldiers herded into a church in Burford after a MUTINY against Cromwell, 3 'ringleaders' then shot in the churchyard. The Levellers had REFUSED to be sent to fight in Ireland - England's oldest colony - seeing the Irish as fighting for the same cause of freedom as them. They also felt that they had been SOLD OUT by the leaders and wanted to push the revolution further.

360 years later & our OXFORD WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR team for a world-turned-upside-down got up early to join a busload of revolting RUSKIN STUDENTS, RANSACKERS & TRADE UNION TYPES off on a daytrip to the annual LEVELLERS DAY commemoration where we hooked up with other revellers, lefties, woodcraft folk, morris dancers, workers etc. in remembering OUR MARTYRS.

This is just the kinda event we love & OXFORD WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR gained a very warm reception & much enthusiasm from the punters as we distributed shedloads of leaflets & literature - many folks taking whole wads of flyers to give out to friends, family & workmates. It seems in these CREDIT-CRUNCHED TIMES locals are really hungry for an event of this kind. One kid even sellotaped a flyer for the event on his skateboard!

Several of our team report waking up the next morning with sore-heads consequent from numerous toasts & drinks & much merrie-making to the blessed memory of PERKINS, THOMPSON & CHURCH, our executed LEVELLER heroes!


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