|Keir Hardie portrayed by Sylvia|
In March 1916 the ELFS was rebranded as the Workers' Suffrage Federation (WSF), and its newspaper retitled The Workers' Dreadnought (WD),this being democratically agreed and minuted like all decisions. It published letters exposing what was happening in France, gathering information on executions at the front and accounts of brutal punishments, and carried an eye-witness reported of the 1916 Irish Easter Rising. Siegfried Sassoon’s classic statement against the war was published in WD in July 1917. The premises were raided after a call to troops to desert, and later two issues of the paper were suppressed, in October and November 1917. Those dates will ring a loud Russian bell.
Martin Pugh, The Pankhursts. London, Allen Lane, 2001. Plenty of useful information and contextualisation but not totally at ease with SP’s character and politics. Calls Malatesta ‘Socialist’.