MICHAEL FOOT EXHIBITION
Michael Foot's glasses sit neatly in a glass cabinet, placed carefully next to his CND badge, his typewriter and his Labour Party rosette. If anything sums up our image of the former Labour Party leader, who died this year, it's these items.
For the media, of course, the defining image of Michael Foot was the donkey jacket (which never was). The `donkey jacket' that stopped the Labour Party, with what the exhibition calls "certainly the most socialist manifesto since 1945", winning victory in 1983.
This `Celebration of the Life of Michael Foot' takes you beyond the lurid headlines to reveal a man of principle who was absolutely committed to a peaceful world, who fought poverty, fascism and Tories all his life. He was also a skilled journalist, editing the left wing Tribune paper for a while, and a superb orator, captured in his speeches that you can hear on an audio visual tv loop.
Michael Foot speaks for himself with his best quotes blasted onto the walls…
On Thatcher: "She has no imagination and that means no compassion"
On Tebbit: "A semi-house-trained polecat"
On politics: "Most liberties have been won by people who broke the law"
On the House of Lords: "I think the House of Lords should be abolished; and I don't think the best way for me to abolish it is to go there myself"
This is only a very small exhibition but it's jam packed with everything you need to know and see about Michael Foot's life. A great man.
Salford's Labour Party politicians ought to go to this exhibition and hang their heads in shame. Hazel Blears, by pure coincidence of course, moved her office out of the Working Class Movement Library just as this exhibition was starting.
Peace and Socialism
Working Class Movement Library
Jubilee House, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
Open Wed-Fri 1pm-5pm and the third Saturday of every month 10am-4pm Free
Further details: www.wcml.org.uk 0161 736 3601