Letter: Peterloo 1819

Date published: 06 November 2017

Dear Editor,

The Peterloo Massacre occurred at St Peter's Field, Manchester, on 16 August 1819, when cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 who had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

Have we learnt lessons and improved since then?

By the beginning of 2018, the pressure generated by poor economic conditions, coupled with the lacking in practice democracy, has enhanced the appeal of radical reform in response to both Central Government and Local government having failed the electorate who now demand real and meaningful parliamentary and local government reform.

National media fans the flames of the public mood with opinion not facts and austerity continue while politicians lack of morale fibre is compounded yet again after their expenses debacle with morality issues which demonstrate yet again complicity by authorities failing to investigate incidents thoroughly, despite grooming, child and major national, local and long-term cover ups by authorities.

This situation cannot continue not one of our political parties is clean and they all waffle solutions, so is it time for new parties in politics with new policies?

The pay is attractive at around £74,000 plus perks, maybe a knighthood - are we going to mean business and do business in a cost effective and caring way for our people? Or is 199 years since Peterloo not long enough?



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