Wednesday Night Fightback 9: Fighting back for Manchester

Why is the Guardian attacking Manchester?

By: Editor

In our ninth Wednesday Night Fightback, Michael Taylor and William Clouston respond to the recent Manchester Utd and Manchester City ‘slavery’ badge row, which was started by this Guardian article.

Michael calls this an abominable slur on Manchester, whose working-class people played an important role in calling for abolition, even though they knew they had a lot to lose.

William and Michael discuss why workers in northern industrial towns empathised so readily with enslaved people, and ask whether there is a case to be made for slavery reparations.

Link to Michael’s substack on Britain’s West Indian empire and the industrial revolution:

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