The Election – Sylvia Pankhurst

Anti-parliamentary article published in Workers’ Dreadnought on the day of the 1918 British general election. ‘No, I’m not going to vote’, said a poor woman in a ‘bus, ‘the British Government would take the blood from your heart’. In those bitter words she summed up her attitude towards the empty political balderdash, which now issues in prolific streams from the mouths of Parliamentary candidates and their supporters, and all but fills the newspapers. We hope nothing from this election, save that it may serve to spur the workers on to abolish Parliament, the product and instrument of the capitalist system,...

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