HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US   LINKS      
 

 
NEVER MIND THE UKIPS HERE’S ENGELS AND MARX
 

Star date: 19th May 2013

ENGELS AND MARX WALKABOUT

Dr Marx and Mr Engels
Friday 31st May 10:45am
Oxford Rd Station, Manchester

As the Bedroom Tax bites and UKIP pushes the political agenda into the loony bin why not see the sites of abject poverty that inspired Fred Engels and his mate Karl Marx to come up with some rather drastic solutions?

Full details here…


The Condition of the Working Class in England Friedrich Engels Friedrich Engels
Friedrich Engels Friedrich Engels
click image to enlarge

Bedroom Tax? Bedroom Tax? People don't know they're born! Back in the 1840s, around here, working class people were squashed into tiny cellars, sleeping with their partners, kids and a lodger in the same bed – if they were lucky!

NHS cuts? NHS cuts? Luxury! No-one had a proper doctor in those days if they were poor. They just gave their kids a swig of Godfrey's Cordial, with added opium, to shut them up. And then, a bit later, they usually died.

Friedrich Engels went amongst the poor and exposed all this horror in his bombshell book The Condition of the Working Class in England. Let us quote…

"Often more than one family lived in a single damp cellar, in whose pestilent atmosphere twelve to sixteen persons were crowded together…many families, who had but one room for themselves, receive boarders and lodgers in it, that such lodgers of both sexes by no means rarely sleep in the same bed as the married couple…

"When one remembers under what conditions the working people live, when one thinks how crowded their dwellings are, how every nook and corner swarms with human beings, how sick and well sleep in the same room, in the same bed, the only wonder is that a contagious disease does not spread yet further…

"And when one reflects how little medical assistance the sick have at their command...the mortality seems actually small…"

Hmmm. The ConDem Government wants to take everybody back there. Well now you can, courtesy of Red Flag Walks, which will take you on a tour of the actual sites, near Oxford Station, that Engels was writing about.

See it! Feel it! Experience your Victorian future under the `progressive' policies of our wonderful ConDem Government!

Of course, Fred Engels didn't just write his Conditions of the Working Class book, he came up with some rather drastic solutions with his mate Karl Marx, who used to visit him in Manchester and Salford at least once a year. Over a pint or ten, at places like The Grapes in Eccles and The Crescent pub, they came up with pamphlets and books including The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, which advocated a worldwide working class revolution and the overthrow of capitalism.

While Fred Engels worked at his family's mill in Salford and kept up a façade of a respectable bourgeoisie, he lived under false names in a million places in Manchester to avoid the police, together with his partner Mary Burns.

The Red Flag Walk, led by respected historian Michael Herbert, from Salford's Working Class Movement Library, will take you around the haunts and habitats of Engels' secret life.

As well as `Little Ireland' near Oxford Road Station, the walk will include the Owenite Hall of Science, the Royal Exchange and Chethams Library. But more than this, Michael Herbert will bring it all back to life – if you're not beginning to live it already!

Read the book! The Conditions of the Working Class in England (Oxford University Press)

Then see the sites…

Dr Marx and Mr Engels
Friday 31st May 10:45am
Oxford Rd Station, Manchester £6/£5

Advance booking recommended: redflagwalks@gmail.com.
More information:
http://redflagwalks.wordpress.com

For Fred Engels Salford Star Special – click here and follow the links

For Salford Star latter day poverty feature - click here


Also by Red Flag Walks…

Radical Ashton-under-Lyne
Sunday 26th May, 2pm £6/£5
Meeting point: Ashton-under-Lyne Town Hall

This walk will explore a number of episodes in Ashton-under-Lyne's radical history, including the political career of socialist and suffragette Hannah Mitchell, the Chartist Rising of 1848, the Bread Riot of 1863, the Anti-Irish Riot of 1868 and the formation of the Co-operative movement.

Engels graphic by Matt Carroll of Central Station Design

Michael Felse wrote
at 9:43:16 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Money, why does it have to be about money? What is needed is a Council that welcomes young people with new ideas for tomorrow's City. When Salford Council is fit to put forward local younger people, engaged in innovations, the money will flow from the sea of funding where Salford is missing out. Old farts in our Council are not a solution, they are the problem. I urge young people to step forward, take over this great City by standing as Ward Councillors. It is a right I will gladly help younger people explore.
 
Let get real wrote
at 7:28:37 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Great ideas Michael, remind me where's the money coming from?
 
brian holmes wrote
at 12:35:08 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
"he who gives up liberty for temporary security deserves neither and shall lose both"
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 1:47:41 PM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
Excellent. Let us never forget the working class toil of our parents and grandparents that created our country of freedom. Younger people should be encouraged to learn what went before and how the dangers of not taking part today can threatened their future. I appeal to the owner of Buile Hill Mansion to turn it into the young people's Modern History Museum, re-birthing the history of Salford and for the Mansion to be at the forefront of a new invigorating partnership identity for "Buile Hill" with green cycle tracks, ecological technology and a £75million lottery project to equal those of the Yorkshire Earth Centre and Cornwall's Eden project that can bring jobs for Park Rangers and many more.
 
Ed Masters wrote
at 1:47:18 PM on Sunday, May 19, 2013
The sooner the working class rises up and destroys Capitalism ,self-serving politicians , grubby local clowncillors , and corrupt banksters , the better for us all
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
CCJS
Kersal Moor
Big Life Job Advert
Salford Star photo stories
Cornerstone advert
Mary Burns Publishing
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCIL FAT CAT SALARY WAY TOO HIGH
So with an Mayor and an Assistant Mayor we now also need a Council Director??!! FFS!! What exactly is the role of the Council Di... [more]
article: SALFORD BUILE HILL MANSION AND GARDEN CENTRE SERVICE FOR SALE
I have worked at the cafe in the park for four years this July after suffering from mental health problems in the past. Im so sad ... [more]
article: SALFORD PUPPY PROTEST AT DOGS 4 US
I bought an Alsation from them yrs ago. He had a hernier and died before he was 1yr old. Disgusting traders. ANY PLACE THAT HAS D... [more]
article: SALFORD MAYOR AND COUNCIL SHOULD APOLOGISE TO SHELAGH DELANEY
Shelagh Delaney is a Salford icon.she deserves an apology . A BIG apology. But then again if you have to be told to apologise .its... [more]
article: LOST SALFORD STREETS EXHIBITION
I was born and grew up on Errington Drive,Lower Broughton.I have the best memories of growing up there,best childhood ever and am... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD COUNCIL £6 MILLION LET OFF FOR MIDDLEWOOD LOCKS DEVELOPER

Star date: 17th April 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL TEARS UP PLANNING RULES (AGAIN) FOR MIDDLEWOOD LOCKS

Scarborough Development Group is planning to put huge apartment blocks, a hotel and loads of shops on the currently derelict Middlewood Locks site. For the privilege of plonking an urban profit farm on the Salford border with Manchester, the developer should be paying over £8million in fees to the Salford Council…

…But the Council is only asking for less than £2million - letting the Group off with a massive £6million in payments. This despite £4million of public money having already been spent on the site. 

Full details here…

SALFORD MAYOR AND COUNCIL SHOULD APOLOGISE TO SHELAGH DELANEY

Star date: 16th April 2014

SALFORD HYPOCRITE MAYOR ANNOUNCES DELANEY DAY

With incredible hypocrisy, Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, yesterday announced that 25th November will be the city's official `Shelagh Delaney Day' – failing to mention how Salford Council, the Mayor and the then Salford City Reporter tried to destroy the brilliant writer because her work was said to tarnish the image of the city.

Yesterday, Stewart said that Delaney's work "captured and celebrated the spirit of Salford" – not what the Council said at the time of A Taste of Honey! The Salford Star is demanding that the Mayor and Salford City Council should make a full formal apology before jumping on the Delaney bandwagon.

Full details here…

SALFORD COUNCIL FAT CAT SALARY WAY TOO HIGH

Star date: 15th April 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL DIRECTOR JIM TAYLOR IN TOP 1% OF EARNERS IN UK

Last night, Salford Council rubber stamped the appointment of former Rochdale Chief Exec Jim Taylor as its controversial new £150,000 `Council Director'.

While Mayor Ian Stewart crowed about Salford's `pay ratios' at a recent Council meeting, a new report by Steady State Manchester and Equality North West slates local council pay inequality – and Salford is no exception.

Full details here…

SALFORD COUNCIL TO TAKE ON FAT CAT ROCHDALE REJECT

Star date: 14th April 2014

REJECT ROCHDALE CHIEF EXEC JIM TAYLOR GETS £150K AT SALFORD  

Jim Taylor, the controversial Chief Exec of Rochdale Council, is to be appointed `Council Director' of Salford – the controversial £150,000 a year job created in the wake of former Fat Cat Chief Exec, Barbara Spicer's departure.

Over in Rochdale there was fury when the Council wanted to increase Taylor's wages by £40,000 while making cuts of £45million. Public outrage led to the Council doing a U-turn – but now Mayor Ian Stewart will formalise Taylor's Fat Cat Salford appointment at a special Council meeting tonight.

Full details here…

MARK THOMAS 100 ACTS OF MINOR DISSENT COMES TO SALFORD

Star date: 13th April 2014

FROM TAKING THE POLICE TO COURT TO STICKERING CELEBRITY BOOKS  

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent
Thursday 24th April
The Lowry

"I've always regarded Hazel Blears as a pitbull for Blairism…"

Activist, comedian and political prankster, Mark Thomas brings his 100 Acts of Minor Dissent show to The Lowry on 24th April, showcasing his efforts at undermining the system with, er, acts of minor dissent. Thomas has had a year to do one hundred of these acts – and if he doesn't get them done by 13th May he has to donate £1,000 to UKIP.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx