Cutlass 25

Issue 25 of Cutlass is now available to download here…

Articles on:

  • Hands off Haïti, Ne touchez pas à Ayiti
  • Communist Party of Kenya Rejects President Ruto’s Proposal to Deploy Kenya Police to Haiti
  • Solidarity with the People of Palestine
  • The Labour Party must restore the whip to Diane Abbott MP
  • Merely closing the borders is not an answer
  • Jamaica teachers (and nurses) leaving in droves
  • Book reviews
    • Nazneen AhmedPathak, City of Stolen Magic
    • Arun Kundnani, What is Anti-racism? And why it means Anti-capitalism
    • Tessa Murphy, The Creole Archipelago: Race and Borders in the
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William Beckford (1709 – 1770)

The Beckford family had been involved in both the West India trade and as contractors supplying the Royal Navy since the mid-1600s. The London branch of the family, Richard Beckford (1619-1679) and his brother Sir Thomas (1628-1685) supplied the Navy with cheap clothing for the sailors, indeed, in 1668, Thomas is on record as bribing Samuel Pepys, Chief Secretary to the Admiralty, with a gift of £50 [£204,900] and a silver warming pan, which helped secure naval contracts worth £24,800 [£101,600,000].1

Meanwhile, another branch of the family made their money in the West Indies. Peter Beckford (1643–1710) arrived in … Read on ...

October Meeting – Reparations

The question of Reparations for Enslavement has been in the news lately with the Gladstone family denouncing their “odious” ancestor.

Luke Daniels, President of Caribbean Labour Solidarity, recently spoke to a large meeting, in the North of England, of shop stewards and delegates, members of the trade union UNISON. Luke will give a report of this important meeting and an update on the campaign as well as reminding us of the arguments for Reparations.

demanding the removal of the statue of enslaver William Beckford from the Guildhall in London produced a lively discussion. Steve Cushion will explore the … Read on ...

Defend Legal Workers and What is Happening in Niger?

Sunday 3rd September 2023

Nadine Finch:

Lawyers who defend the human rights of others are increasingly vulnerable when politicians no longer respect or protect these rights
Lawyers who are themselves from communities whose rights are being denied are particularly at risk, as has been the case in England, Northern Ireland and internationally

Frank Murray:

A recent coup removed Niger’s pro-Western leader president Mohamed Bazoum. France and the US, who have considerable military forces in the country, are at the head of NATO members who want him restored. They will rely on the military and economic strength of Nigeria, … Read on ...