Britain 1931: sailors mutiny at Invergordon

This music video from Scotland is called Massed Pipe Bands – Invergordon 26th September 2015.

From British weekly Socialist Worker:

Mutiny at Invergordon

Seventy five years ago a mutiny by sailors against cuts imposed by a right wing Labour prime minister rocked the British establishment.

Matt Perry looks at the events

In September 1931, the crews of the largest warships of the Atlantic fleet of the Royal Navy ignored their orders.

The unrest was quickly hushed up by the government and the story is relatively unknown.

Severe pay cuts for the armed services caused the mutiny.

The second Labour government was in a deep crisis without a parliamentary majority. It faced a world economic slump.

The City of London was pulling the plug on the government and a financial crisis was spreading from continental Europe, threatening the pound.

On 31 July, the government-appointed committee on national expenditure deliberately exaggerated the situation.

It demanded £120 million of savings – £96 million to come from cuts.

The right wing press howled for the burden of public spending to be lifted from business.

They wanted the poor to pay for the crisis and to maintain the prestige of British capitalism, which was linked to maintaining the currency on the international Gold Standard system.

In order to restore the confidence of big business, the Labour government was advised to push through vicious cuts in the dole and pay for the armed services.

It was told that failure to keep the pound on the Gold Standard would lead to revolution in central Europe.

To their credit, a minority in the Labour cabinet refused this.

They were especially opposed to the cuts that hit the unemployed, many of who were already on the edge of malnutrition.

Because it was split, the cabinet resigned.

Oldest settlement of Scotland found: here.

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