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Nigel Costley's Articles

Tony Benn on Tolpuddle march

Tony Benn and the spirit of Tolpuddle

14 Mar 2014, By

Tony Benn said: “Nobody can extend their own life by more than a minute, on the other hand if you study history you extend your experience by thousands of years.” He was passionate about learning the lessons of history. No more so than the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. “Tolpuddle gives me the confidence to…

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Standing together: the West Country’s trade union links

07 Sep 2013, By

Bournemouth, where TUC Congress starts this week, is a magnet for tourists and conference delegates. But holidaymakers may have to dig more than the odd sandcastle to discover the area’s more radical and rebellious past. Over the generations land was carved up with little regard for ordinary people who relied on it for subsistence. We…

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Billy Bragg

Low pay from Tolpuddle 1834 to today

17 Jul 2013, By

The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival is this year returning to its roots with low pay being the focus for the event. Just as 179 years ago wage cuts provoked the six farm workers into forming a union, the TUC in 2013 is campaigning for pay to be raised to lift the economy out of recession. The…

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Roddagate: Of clots and climb downs

19 May 2011, By

Perhaps the u-turns and climb downs pioneered by this Coalition are catching. On Sunday Andrew Rodda, operations manager at premier Cornish clotted cream firm A E Rodda was quoted in the Observer giving his considered views on pay rises for staff. He told the paper that he pays “slightly above” the minimum wage but reckons…

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