These were found in a bound copy of ‘Today’ from October 1884:
Written by Ernest Jones, July 10th 1848 while in the dock of the Old Bailey waiting for sentence.
‘I have stood up in vindication of the right of public meeting – a right too sacred to be interfered with by the police – a right which I do not think a parliament could suspend. The right of public meeting must be upheld!’
‘Hold a man answerable for what he says not for what is said by another. Hold a man answerable for what he does not for what is done by another and let the government take care of their own pickpockets and not make us answerable for them’ – addressed to Lord Turo and published in Jones’s ‘Notes to the People’.
Quotable quotes still relevant today – what a wonderful man he was!
Marjorie, WCML volunteer