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What Would Keir Hardie Say? By Pauline Bryan

What Would Keir Hardie Say? by Pauline Bryan

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What Would Keir Hardie Say?: Exploring Hardie's vision and relevence to 21st Century politics by Pauline Bryan

Keir Hardie is a significant figure in British history. He is known as the founder of the Labour Party but his influence went much wider. 100 years after his death the question is still often asked, "What would Keir Hardie say?"

A group of distinguished writers have come together to write about different aspects of Hardie's life and legacy: Fran Abrams, Melissa Benn, Jeremy Corbyn, John Callow, Bob Holman, Cathy Jamieson, William Knox, Richard Leonard, Owen Smith, Dave Watson, Barry Winter. Each of them tackles one aspect of Hardie's varied interests from his support for women's suffrage, his internationalism, to his central role in the foundation of the Labour Party. Each essay considers the relevance of Keir Hardie's work to our lives today.

The Foreword by Keir Hardie's great granddaughter, Dolores May Arias, reminds us that as well as his huge public presence, Hardie was a family man. And like so many great figures in history his family paid a price.

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About Pauline Bryan

Pauline Bryan was asked by the Keir Hardie Society to produce a book of essays to commemorate Keir Hardie. She is well placed to do this as she was a member of the Independent Labour Party and the Labour Party and previously worked for the Fabian Society. She jointly edited Class, Nation and Socialism: The Red Paper on Scotland 2014 and contributed to The Red Paper on Scotland 2005, Scotland's Road to Socialism: Time to Choose 2013 and A Modest Proposal: For the Agreement of the People. For 8 years she edited The Citizen magazine for the Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism.

Table of Contents

Chronology 7
Acknowledgements 11
Foreword by Dolores May Arias 13
Introduction by Pauline Bryan 15
Guiding Principles
Chapter 1 Socialism: More than a Creed 23 Richard Leonard
Chapter 2 Christianity: Christian and Socialist 35 Bob Holman
Chapter 3 International Peace: A Legacy for the Peace Movement 49 Jeremy Corbyn
Campaigns and Causes
Chapter 4 Trade Unionism: Independent Labour Representation 61 William Knox
Chapter 5 The ILP: Hardie, Evangelist and Strategist 73 Barry Winter Chapter 6 Women's Suffrage: Unfailing Support 85 Fran Abrams
Home Rule
Chapter 7 Home Rule: Socialist, Not Nationalist 97 Dave Watson Making his Mark
Chapter 8 West Ham: A Splotch of Red 109 John Callow
Chapter 9 Merthyr Tydfil: Hardie's Welsh Odyssey 123 Owen Smith
Chapter 10 Cumnock: A Lasting Legacy 135 Cathy Jamieson
Before Everything Else
Chapter 11 An Agitator: The Enduring Principle of Agitation 147 Melissa Benn
Appendix 1 157
Keir Hardie's maiden speech to the House of Commons, 7 February 1893
Appendix 2 169 The speech given by Keir Hardie in Bradford on 11 April 1914 to mark the 21st anniversary of the formation of the Independent Labour Party
Appendix 3 175 Keir Hardie's speech to the anti-war meeting in Trafalgar Square on 2 August 1914, as reported in the Daily Citizen
Endnotes 181
Opening Quotes - References 189
Information about the Keir Hardie Society 190

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What Would Keir Hardie Say?: Exploring Hardie's vision and relevence to 21st Century politics by Pauline Bryan
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