"Better to break the law than break the poor"
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the struggle of councillors in Poplar, east London, against government cuts. This culminated in their going to prison with the slogan ’better to break the law than to break the poor’.
Their ultimately successful battle was a major inspiration for Liverpool council to take on the Tories in the 1980s and shows the way forward today in fighting against the Con-Dem government’s attacks. Linking all three periods are profound crises of the capitalist system.
Peter Taaffe is general secretary of the Socialist Party
Tony Mulhearn was a leading member of the Liverpool 47 councillors