George Rolph’s hunger strike lasted 46 days. For more see Wiki.
It is one hundred years to the day since Emily Davison, one of those pesky activists who wouldn’t just put up with their lot, stepped out in front of the king’s horse in the name of Votes for Women. She died four days later but her act of courage was not in vain, as it was a moment that shocked the nation and was a watershed in the struggle for women’s suffrage.
She was no stranger to activism, having been jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times, so it is entirely fitting that her gravestone bears the legend, “Deeds not Words”.
Here in 2013, the clock seems to be running backwards as the welfare state that our ancestors fought – and paid – for is being dismantled and food banks have sprung up to fill the gap. And, as if to remind us exactly why our ancestors fought so…
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