Corbyn’s speech at the London Kill the Bill rally the other day was
a poweful rebuttal to his detractors who claim that he has spent his
life protesting ineffectively and that protests never change
gave a summary of a long history of protests, from the Tolpuddle
Martyrs in the 1830s to the Chartists in the 1840s, to the
Suffragettes in the 1920s, to Cable Street in the 1930s, to the
fight against anti-trade union legislation in the 1970s, to the
ongoing anti-racism protests of Black Lives Matter and the climate
change activism of Extinction Rebellion.
current protests against the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing
and Courts Bill, which seeks to outlaw protests altogether, fits
into this history and as Jeremy reminds us - not only does protest
work, but without protest things don’t change.