A little history

A little history project outlining the development of British democratic socialism and some of the philosophies, events, characters, friends and foes from across the world and the centuries that influenced it.

Alongside the current affairs aspect of Left eye view’s self imposed mission to hold the government to account I thought it’d be useful to run a little history project outlining the development of British democratic socialism and some of the philosophies, events, characters, friends and foes from across the world and the centuries that influenced it. The list below is a sort of index. Entries will be hyperlinked as new sections are written or filmed over time.

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There is no such thing as a ‘lefty loser’, only lefties who are in it for the long haul. We are resililent, we are strong, we are part of a centuries old tradition and we will prevail!

0-33: Jesus of NazarethJesus crucified

The Nazarene (0-33) seems to have been an extreme lefty by today’s measures. He preached against greed (many of his followers conveniently ignore that bit) and recommended compassion instead. He even got a bit ‘fighty’ with the capitalist pigs in the Temple grounds.

Marcus Aurelius bust in the dark121-180:     Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

It may be only a short step too far to call him one of Europe’s earliest socialists, a man who thought little of rank and status when compared to the worth and dignity of all people, a ruler who despised injustice and who devoted his life as emperor to leaving the Empire a fairer and more just place than when he found it.

220px-Statue_d'Alfred_le_Grand_à_Winchester849 – 899:  Alfred the Great

1027 – 1087:    William the conqueror

1214 – 1215:   The Barons’ revolt

1215:   The Magna Carta

1258:   Provisions of Oxford

1347:   The Black Death

1381:   Wat Tyler’s peasants’ revolt

1398-1468:   Johannes Gutenberg

1420-1492:    William Caxton

1450:   Kent rebellion and Jack Cade

1455:   First Gutenberg bibles printed

1469 – 1527:   Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

1570-1606:     Guido Fawkes

1599 – 1658:   Oliver Cromwell

1600 – 1649: Charles I of England

1642:   First English Civil War

1642: The Levellers

1666: The great fire of London

1706 – 1790: Benjamin Franklin

1711-1776:   David Hume

1737-1809:   Thomas Paine

1748-1832:   Jeremy Bentham

1750 – 1900:  The agricultural revolution

1751-1836:  James Madison

1756-1836:     William Godwin

1759 – 1833:   William Wilberforce

1759 – 1797: Mary Wollstonecraft

1771 – 1858: Robert Owen

1790 approx: The Luddites

1819 – 1900: John Ruskin

1819: The Peterloo massacre

1821 – 1905: George Williams

1829 – 1912: William Booth

1834: The Tolpuddle martyrs

1844: The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers (the co-op)

1847 – 1933: Anne Besant

1848: The chartists

1856 – 1915: Keir Hardie

1856 – 1950: George Bernard Shaw

1858 – 1928: Emmeline Pankhurst

1972 – 1913: Emily Wilding-Davison

1876 – 1952: Albert Mansbridge

1879 – 1963: William Beveridge

1881 – 1951: Ernest Bevin

1883 – 1967: Clement Attlee

1883 – 1946: John Maynard Keynes

1884: Fabian society

1894 – 1994: J.B. Priestley

1896 – 1980: Baronet Ernold Oswald Mosley

1897 – 1960: Aneurin Bevan

1900: The Labour party

1903 – 1950: George Orwell

1903: Suffragette  movement

1903: Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

1904 – 1988: Jennie Lee

1912 – 2005: James Callaghan

1912-1998:    Enoch Powell

1912-1954:     Alan Turing

1912 – 1988:  Harold ‘Kim’ Philby

1913 – 1983:  Donald Maclean,

1913-2005:   Rosa Parks

1913 – 2010: Michael Foot

1916 – 1995: Harold Wilson

1918 – 2013: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

1921 – 2002: John Rawls and the ‘Veil of ignorance’

1923 – 2018: Harry Leslie Smith

1925 – 2013: Margaret  Thatcher

1925 – 2014: Anthony Wedgewood Benn

He was eloquent and insightful with an almost uncanny ability to boil down apparently complex concepts into the simple fundamentals that grunts like me can understand. Consider for example his five questions for those in authority.

Tony Benn 5 questions

1926: Miners strike

1926: General strike

1926-1984:     Michel Foucault

1928:   Noam Chomski

1929-1968:     Martin Luther King Jr

1931:       Desmond Tutu

1933:         Amartya Sen

1936: Jarrow march

1936 – 1939: The Spanish civil warcable-street-moseley-inspects-the-marchers

1936: Battle of Cable St

The Battle of Cable Street was a major turning point in the fortunes of the paramilitarised, uniformed British Union of Fascists. This was the day that ordinary British people showed them exactly what they thought of racism, Nazism and Fascism and it wasn’t pretty.

1938 – 1994:  John Smith

1938:   Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

1938:    Kofi Annan

1939:    Bruce K Alexander

1939:    The Right Club

Members included…

  1. Chesterton,
  2. William Joyce,
  3. Anna Wolkoff,
  4. Joan Miller,
  5. Francis Yeats-Brown,
  6. H. Cole,
  7. Lord Redesdale,
  8. 5th Duke of Wellington,
  9. Duke of Westminster,
  10. Aubrey Lees,
  11. John Stourton,
  12. Thomas Hunter,
  13. Samuel Chapman,
  14. Ernest Bennett,
  15. Charles Kerr,
  16. John MacKie,
  17. James Edmondson,
  18. Mavis Tate,
  19. Marquess of Graham,
  20. Margaret Bothamley,
  21. Earl of Galloway,
  22. T. Mills,
  23. Richard Findlay,
  24. Serrocold Skeels.

1939-1945: World War II

1942: Neil Kinnock

1943: Lech Walesa

1946/8: NHS

1948: The state of Israel

1949: Council of Europe

1949: NATO

1949: Jeremy Corbyn

1951: Gordon Brown

1953: Tony Blair

1953: Diane Abbott

1953:   European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) enacted

1957: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) founded

1962: Keir Starmer

1963: Ian Lavery

1964: Boris Johnson

1964: Nigel Farage

1966: Aaron Banks

1966: David Cameron

1966: Jeremy Hunt

1967:   The 6 day war

1967: Michael Gove

1968:   Hardin’s ‘Tragedy of the commons’

1969:   The Open University

1969: Jacob Rees-Mogg

1969: Savid Javid

1971: George Osborne

1972: Priti Patel

1974: Dominic Raab

1979: Rebecca Long-Bailey

1984:   Miners’ strike

1985:   The War Game (film) finally aired

1997:   Project Prevention

1997:     Malala Yousafzai

2001:   September 11th attacks

2013:   Joshua Greene’s ‘Tragedy of common sense moralilty’ (Moral tribes)

2020: Brexit