Journalist, author and former associate editor of The Guardian Murray Armstrong brings a little known chapter of Scottish history dramatically to life in his timely book The Fight for Scottish Democracy. Three Scottish weavers were executed for high treason in the summer of 1820. Nineteen more men were transported to Botany Bay. Their crime? To have taken up arms against a corrupt parliament, and the aristocratic Tory government that refused to reform it. Five years of unsuccessful mass petitioning of Westminster by working people in Scotland and England in the face of the government’s intransigence forced an escalation in tactics, and on Easter Monday 1820 - almost exactly 200 years ago - the call for a general strike to secure the vote was answered throughout the western counties of Scotland.
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