Birmingham MP William Attwood and his Birmingham Political Union nearly caused a very ‘British Revolution’ in 1832 when over 30000 Brummies met at Newhall Hill overlooking Birmingham town centre (for then Birmingham was very much a manufacturing town) to hear this great man of the people and Birmingham Political Revolutionary speak in 1832…..
Troops were dispatched by the then government to the Midlands as it was felt that if the crowd had rioted after hearing Attwood speak an uprising in support of ‘One Man….One Vote’ by the assembled populace may have led to a Revolution in Birmingham.
Luckily for the government of the day the crowd dispersed peacefully and Attwood was ultimately unsuccessful in getting ‘Votes for the Working Man.’The result of the 1832 Reform Act was votes for the British ‘Middle Classes’ and the British Proletariat, the British ‘working poor’ had to wait another generation for another #Birmingham MP John Bright and the 1867 Reform Act for true emancipation and ‘Votes for Workers’.
In recognition of this and the fact that he was a great friend and influence on possibly the greatest American President – Abraham Lincoln (as we await the Inauguration of possibly the worst ever American President – Donald Trump (Trump would never sing ‘The Workers Flag is deepest Red’) – An ‘accident waiting to happen.
A bust of Birmingham MP John Bright whose imposing statue greets visitors from the top of the main staircase at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery a great orator and reformer (he was the architect of “One man One Vote” in the 1867 Reform Act from the mid-nineteenth century Birmingham stood in The Oval Office, certainly during the Clinton Presidency and possibly also in The Obama White House as a great advocate of the Abolition of Slavery.
Marx and Engels in #TheCommunistManifesto which appeared in 1848 at the same time as John Bright MP called for ‘Votes for the Proletariat’ as Marx called them…..the difference is that the Russians in their own particularly brutal way achieved universal suffrage by violent revolution rather than as Bright had done by democracy rather than dictatorship, which is what ‘Communist’ is ultimately.
William Attwood MP and his “Very British Revolution”failed to win votes for the working man by #Democratic means – through an Act of Parliament….”No representation without emancipation” …. Universal Suffrage was Attwood’s aim