The magnificent mural in Cable Street in East London, depicts the 1936 battle of Cable Street, when East end residents stopped Oswald Mosley and his fascist followers marching through their streets. The mural forms the backdrop to a powerful dissection of what happened. The real battle we learn was three way, between the police, the fascists and local people. Interwoven with fascinating archive and eye witness testimony from Bill Fishman, Alan Hudson provides a riveting account of the events of the day, of the context and many hidden truths. The official labour movement tried to stop the anti-fascist protests and organised an alternative rally in Trafalgar square. The public order act which followed set the precedent for today’s restrictions on our freedom to protest. Lessons for today come thick and fast and we are left to contemplate the mural’s contemporary meaning. It may only strike a cord locally Alan explains if we support today’s migrant population and oppose all immigration controls.

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