The peasants’ revolt: choosing the right pitchfork

The Peasants’ Revolt, also called Wat Tyler’s Rebellion, in 1381 was the first great rebellion in English history. The cause was the imposition of the unpopular poll tax of 1380, which was a response to huge economic discontent. The participants included well-to-do artisans and villeins as well as the poor. The main grievance of the agricultural … More The peasants’ revolt: choosing the right pitchfork

Four beers and a funeral

These days, I very rarely drink in British bars. Monday’s state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was the first time I had visited a British bar since the family drinks after an earlier funeral this year. I had delivered the eulogy at the local crematorium – as a friend of the family – for a … More Four beers and a funeral

Now we are on our own, like Tour de France break-away riders.

Politics is not for you. Politics is not for me either. Politics is for the rich now. Some of us tried hard to be team players. In the post-2016 period after the disastrous Brexit vote, I spent three years of my life organizing online and marching on the streets of London with millions of others, … More Now we are on our own, like Tour de France break-away riders.