By Susan D. Pennybacker
The ebook checks the imaginative and prescient of the early London County Council (LCC) and of its leaders, the London Progressives, opposed to its rules and achievements. It records struggles to alter social and hard work stipulations, to persuade public tradition and to rent aspiring younger visionaries--both males and women--into white collar jobs. This heritage has left its mark at the current London political situation--central London govt has been abolished and once more many Londoners are looking to recreate it. either the achievements and the disillusions fostered some time past nonetheless impression the current London predicament. Attitudes formed by way of bureacracy and the issues of vested pursuits nonetheless continue to exist.
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25 Not only did the recruits themselves often invest a few years of their lives in preparation for the examinations, the Council paid a relatively high price for their labour. The growing need to perform routinised clerical work exposed the ironies of the system. The expansion of boy labour, the introduction of women’s work and the hiring of temporary assistants were all attempts to remedy these problems. Those who were fortunate enough to be hired into the ‘classified staff’ were arranged within a hierarchy which approximated that of the Civil Service.
Surely this fact is not unconnected to the absence of universal suffrage. The problem of the electoral advantage of radical reform and of its costs was at the centre of Progressivism’s dilemma. There were, arguably, diminishing electoral returns on schemes that increased A vision for London 1889–1914 20 the rate bills and chiefly benefited many who could not vote. This problem preceded another, one that is a truism of municipal politics: the rates are in and of themselves rarely the determinant issue for the elector.
In 1909, Makeham was classified as a second-class clerk under a restructured classification system. This reorganisation became the principal spur to blackcoated staff unionisation at the LCC. But a measure of mobility upwards was still allowed within this stratum of the hierarchy. Makeham was ‘keenly interested in religious, social and literary questions…a prominent figure in the debates of the Spring Gardens Club’, the staff debating society. ’ in which he called for the establishment of socialism.
A Vision for London, 1889-1914: labour, everyday life and the LCC experiment by Susan D. Pennybacker