New: Squatting In Britain 1945-55: Housing, Politics, and Direct Action

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Dec 18 22:16:51 GMT 2016

1945-1955:   Housing, Politics, and Direct Action

Housing, Politics and Direct Action
by Don Watson

Britain in 1946 witnessed extraordinary episodes 
of direct action. Tens of thousands of families 
walked into empty army camps and took them over 
as places to live. A nationwide squatters' 
movement was born and it was the first challenge 
to the 1945 Labour government to come 'from below'.

The book examines how these squatters built 
communities and campaigned for improvements; how 
local and national government reacted; the spread 
of squatting to empty mansions and hotels, and 
the roles of political activists. Further, it 
discusses what these events reveal about the 
attitude of the 1945 government to popular initiatives.

This book describes how those most affected by 
inadequate housing conditions and shortages 
responded to them and how their actions helped to 
shape policies and events. It examines and 
records something summed up in the recollection 
of one of the organisers of the London hotel squats of 1946:

"The thing I'll never forget is that if I'd ever 
had doubts about the problems of working people 
taking on and managing their own affairs, I lost 
them forever during this squatting thing. Because 
without any hassle, fuss, argument, they found 
what they could do, and collectively decided that 
it should be done, and then went off and did it."

PRAISE for Squatting in Britain:

"The definitive account of these events and, very 
usefully, the aftermath. The judgements are 
carefully made and convincingly argued."
Emeritus Professor James Hinton, University of Warwick

ISBN 978-0-85036-728-7

Paperback approx. 264 pages

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So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish participation in Bormann 
companies that when Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv 
to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the Jewish and German 
communities of Buenos Aires. Jewish leaders informed the Israeli 
authorities in no uncertain terms that this must never happen again 
because a repetition would permanently rupture relations with the 
Germans of Latin America, as well as with the Bormann organization, 
and cut off the flow of Jewish money to Israel. It never happened 
again, and the pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of 
these Jewish leaders. He is residing in an Argentinian safe haven, 
protected by the most efficient German infrastructure in history as 
well as by all those whose prosperity depends on his well-being.
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