Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The fight to stop the Poll Tax

Thursday, 26 March

Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The fight to stop the Poll Tax

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Thirty years ago, a social movement helped bring down one of the most powerful British Prime Ministers of the 20th Century. For the 30th anniversary of the Poll Tax rebellion, Simon Hannah looks back on those tumultuous days of resistance, telling the story of the people that beat the bailiffs, rioted for their rights and defied a government.

Starting in Scotland where the 'Community Charge' was first trialled, Can't Pay, Won't Pay immerses the reader in the gritty history of the rebellion. Amidst the drama of large scale protests and blockaded estates a number of key figures and groups emerge: Neil Kinnock and Tommy Sheridan; Militant, Class War and the Metropolitan Police.

Assessing this legacy today, Hannah demonstrates the centrality of the Poll Tax resistance as a key chapter in the history of British popular uprisings, Labour Party factionalism, the anti-socialist agenda and failed Tory ideology.

Date & Time: 

Thursday, 26 March, 2020 - 18:30 to 21:00

Category: 

  • book shop/info shop/library
  • discussion/presentation

Price: 

  • free
Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX
United Kingdom

Directions: 

The alley is next to the KFC by Aldgate East tube station - Hammersmith and City, or District line (Whitechapel Art Gallery exit)

Freedom maintains the oldest and largest specialist anarchist bookshop in Britain.

categories: 

  • book shop/info shop/library

opening times: 

12-6pm Monday-Saturday and 12-4pm Sunday