The argument of the broken window pane…

…is the most valuable argument in modern politics. The suffragettes were all about deeds not words, and their deeds included a campaign of mass window smashing that makes today’s black bloc may day antics seem amateurish by comparison.

“In November 1911, window-smashing became an official policy of the WSPU. As Emmeline Pankhurst wrote in 1914, ‘The smashing of windows is a time-honoured method of showing displeasure in a political situation’. Attacks on both government and commercial buildings during 1911 and 1912 resulted in the arrest of over 200 women, many of whom received sentences of up to two months in Holloway Gaol”

All photography courtesy of Adrian Nettleship.

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