"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

BBC History: The Siege of Sidney Street

Taken From Paul Stott’s I Intend To Escape….And Come Back blog.

The December issue of BBC History magazine has a 4 page piece by Clive Bloomentitled “Terror on the Streets of London” covering the 1911 siege of Sidney Street in east London, when east European revolutionaries were surrounded by gun toting police and soldiers under the personal command of Home Secretary Winston Churchill.

A podcast from Bloom is available from November 12, and the Musuem of London Docklands is running an exhibition London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists from 17 December to 10 April 2011. Reading through the BBC History piece I cannot help feeling that Anarchist researcher Phil Ruff has been seriously short changed by Clive Bloom. Phil has put in an enormous amount of research into the siege, battling through state archives in Latvia, and definitively identifying Peter the Painter as Janis Zhaklis. It is a shame to see his work skirted around in Bloom’s article, which instead refers merely to a “British scholar” piecing together the life of Zhaklis.

History it seems, as well as never being neutral, is also rather competitive!



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