The Working-Classes FOUGHT For Democratic Rights, Now Parliament Has Returned To Tyranny
AN ELITE House of Commons is threatening the democratic will of the 17.4m Brits who voted for Brexit, and the ingenious peoples of this great country are beginning to rise up, protests, roadblocks have already occurred and possible ‘civil disobedience’ could follow if those that represent us fail to represent the majority.
In the Victorian Era, working-class Brits rose up via the Chartist movement, and demanded democratic rights, voting rights, elections, they were supressed by the Elites and the media, but in the end, they won.
The Chartism movement was born during the era of the French revolution and European uncertainty, a very similar situation today with the French YellowVest and a so-called ‘Far-Right’ rise across Europe – the British Chartists did not wish to depose the Monarchy but wanted a better life and a fairer society.
“We British may grumble, but they are not a revolutionary people” Queen Victoria is rumoured to have said of the Chartists, but maybe in Britain of 2019, the people are simply fed-up of being ignored by the elites, who view their political views with disdain and disgust.
Anyone who fails to ‘get in line’ with the elites of Britain are branded racists and far-right by the mainstream press machine, they’ve branded a whole bunch of Working-Class Brits as the “Dumb Racists” simply for backing Brexit, UKIP and Tommy Robinson.
Chartism was a working-class movement for political reform in Britain that existed from 1838 to 1857.
Like Brexit, Chartists had support in Northern England, the East Midlands, the Staffordshire Potteries, the Black Country, and the South Wales Valleys.
Support for the movement was at its highest in 1839, 1842, and 1848, when petitions signed by millions of working people were presented to the House of Commons.
The strategy employed was to use the scale of support which these petitions and the accompanying mass meetings demonstrated to put pressure on politicians to concede manhood suffrage.
Chartism thus relied on constitutional methods to secure its aims, though there were some who became involved in insurrectionary activities, notably in south Wales and in Yorkshire.
The People’s Charter called for six reforms to make the political system more democratic:
– A vote for every man twenty-one years of age, of sound mind, and not undergoing punishment for a crime.
– The secret ballot to protect the elector in the exercise of his vote.
– No property qualification for Members of Parliament in order to allow the constituencies to return the man of their choice.
– Payment of Members, enabling tradesmen, working men, or other persons of modest means to leave or interrupt their livelihood to attend to the interests of the nation.
– Equal constituencies, securing the same amount of representation for the same number of electors, instead of allowing less populous constituencies to have as much or more weight than larger ones.
– Annual Parliamentary elections, thus presenting the most effectual check to bribery and intimidation, since no purse could buy a constituency under a system of universal manhood suffrage in each twelve-month period.
Chartism saw themselves fighting against political corruption and for democracy, just like Brexiteers today.
We cannot allow the sacrifices of those very Men and Women to be in vain, they fought for our Democracy, our right to be able to vote ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’.
The people have spoken, and Britain MUST leave the European Union, or our Remain Elites may face that very un-British Revolution.