The Snowden Monument

Dedicated to the people who always carry the greatest weight, and who always suffer the most in times like these.

 

The Snowden Monument is a large stone edifice on the edge of one of the wilder moors in this part of Yorkshire/Lancashire. It marks the place where Lord Philip Snowden’s ashes were scattered. Snowden was the first ever Labour Party Chancellor of the Exchequer, during Ramsey MacDonald’s government of the late 1920’s/early 1930s. He was one of those most keenly held as responsible for splitting the party and betraying the ordinary working folk during the onset of The Great Depression. He and MacDonald went into a coalition government in order to push through a period of austerity… (sounds familiar). Snowden was a complicated character, and these were complicated times. He also didn’t live long enough to move on his memory from those terrible times. He is forever stuck in a difficult place. His monument is rarely visited these days. I’ve tried to write a piece which is tribute to Snowden the man, but it would be remiss to ignore the lives of those his policies and decisions wrecked. There are – of course – parallels…

 

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