The Republic of Newtonia Day #08 – A day in court

Every day from Friday 11th to Thursday 24th February, a post (sometimes two) will appear on this site, to celebrate the Republic of Newtonia – a brief occupation of a site in Hulme in defence of Abbey Pond (near the Old Abbey Taphouse). In 1994, local people and environmental activists tried to stop the Council and the Science Park from filling in the much-loved pond. If you were there, and want to share your memories (and any photos or other material) please do get in touch via mcmonthly@manchesterclimatemonthly or on Twitter – @mcr_climate

Also, on Thurs 24th, the 28th anniversary of the Pond’s destruction, there is an online meeting, from 7.30pm, bringing together people who were at the Republic of Newtonia with campaigners defending green spaces now. You can book here (it’s free).

On Monday a court summons had been prepared. On Friday, the judge heard the case. Unity Stack recalls –

“We got to know the Under-sheriff very well indeed with his bowler hat. So he came and served the summons. We then had a date for a court appearance, which was expedited, we were a little bit worried about our assets being confiscated, those who had any. So we nominated my daughter who was 18 and had no assets whatsoever to be named spokesperson in the court hearing even though she was busy doing her exams, at very academic school at the time.”

And – no spoiler alert needed, the defenders lost. It’s almost as if

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.

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