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U is for… Upside-Down

Diggers, to whom this song refers, were a radical group active in 17th century England, coming a little after the Levellers, a little before the Quakers, and not to be confused with the Ranters, who had a more liberal sexual politics. Although the Diggers’ movement did not survive – they were taken to court and turned off the common land which they had claimed – modern groups, include road protesters and tax reformers, have found much to be inspired by in their story.

Personally, I think the vision of a ‘world turned upside-down’ is sorely needed today. It’s surprisingly how little it takes to reverse the expectations of some politicians; for example, if they assume that everyone wants a tax cut, you can subvert that by offering another penny on the pound.