Manhood Suffrage

“Those who hold the reins of government entirely in their own grasp should seriously consider whether it would not be far wiser to carry such a measure now they have the ability, and while there is no hostile popular pressure, than to wait until a stormy reformation has swept them from power, and a manhood suffrage, conceded to the agitated masses to prevent a continuance of riot and revolt, has politically annihilated the classes who have hitherto usurped the entire government of the state.”



We have produced a reading of Charles Bradlaugh’s pamphlet ‘The Real Representation of the People’ to commemorate his contribution to campaigning for votes for men and women resulting in legislation in February 1918. Next month sees the centenary of this significant democratic event that Bradlaugh was unable to witness due to a life cut short by the strain of fighting for liberty for all.