The capitalists and their allies in the media would have us believe that, apart from two world wars, Britain in the twentieth century was a haven of social peace.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The Great Depression of 1929, the greatest crisis - so far - in the history of capitalism, threw millions out of work, and forced them to live on the dreaded 'dole'.
When in 1931 the National government then voted to reduce unemployment benefit and other benefits there were protests the length and breadth of the country, and many led to clashes between police and protestors.
The Battle of Bexley Square, Salford, on 1st October 1931, was just such a battle. It deserves to be commemorated on its 80th anniversary, but more than that, the anti-cuts movement needs to absorb its lessons and the implications for a succesful struggle now.