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Uncomfortable Manchester: The City’s Dodgy Imperialist, Colonialist, Racist, Sexist Past

15/03/2010 2:30 pm
15/03/2010 4:00 pm

Uncomfortable Manchester: The City’s Dodgy Imperialist, Colonialist, Racist, Sexist Past

This tour: Sunday 15 March.
TfGM Travelshop, Piccadilly Gardens, 2.30pm.
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We name the guilty men (and women): the slave traders, colonialists, warmongers, racists, fascists, plunderers. Yes, even this right-on city’s history was shaped by those on the wrong side of right – and they’re still being honoured, with too many statues, paintings and streets named after the bad guys.

  • The Duke of Wellington (statue, Piccadilly Gardens) – reactionary bigot who opposed the people having the vote. So he beat off Napoleon? Vive la revolution!
  • Queen Victoria (statue, Piccadilly Gardens) – vehemently against women having the vote. Wouldn’t elevate a “Jew” to the House of Lords.
  • The Mosleys (Mosley Street) – they owned Manchester for 250 years and gave us Oswald Mosley, the 1930s fascist leader and his lovely son, Max Mosley, who was so welcoming to “coloured immigrants”.
  • Charles, 9th Lord Cathcart – why does the Art Gallery feature a painting of Charles, 9th Lord Cathcart, ADC to “Butcher” Cumberland at the Battle of Culloden? Hang it upside down!
  • Queen Elizabeth Tudor (statue, Albert Square): murderer, slayer of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • The Gregs (Greg Buildings on Tib Street) established Quarry Bank Mill – on the backs of the slaves in their sugar plantations on Dominica.
  • William Gladstone (statue, Albert Square) enjoyed a lavish lifestyle on the back of slavery. Backed the wrong side in the American Civil War.


Tour devised by Ed Glinert who has spent 35 years combating injustice in his hard-hitting journalism for City Life and Private Eye, and in books for Penguin, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Random House and Emons.

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