Most people on the left, when they go back to the late nineteenth century, tend to focus on 1889 and the explosion of new unionism and that tends to lead to a very London, or England, focused, view of what the developments ... The work I’ve been doing recently starts a decade before that, in 1879, with Michael Davitt’s launch of the Land League in County Mayo and the spread on effects of that creating this ... (inaudible) ... insurrection situation in Ireland itself, but when Parnell begins to clamp down on that movement and tried to divert it purely into constitutionalist form, Davitt doesn’t take on Parnell directly but tries to spread the movement into Scotland and into Wales and indeed into England as well.

  • Allan Armstrong
Tuesday 25th May 2010