‘At War with the Facts’ – a rebuttal of Richard Jones’ ‘At War with the Future’ in History Today, May 2012

Below is a response to the article about the Luddites written by Cambridge University Student Richard Jones and published in the May 2012 edition of ‘History Today’. The article has been written jointly by myself, Luddite Bicentenary author Richard Holland, and the Luddites 200 Organising Forum. As delegates to the Huddersfield University Luddites Conference in May 2012, we were pleased to noticed Richard Jones’ name on the attendance list, but disappointed when he then failed to appear. We were keen to discuss his work with him, and have contacted him asking to see his research. So far, he has not replied to our emails. We look forward to a rejoinder. ‘History Today’ refused to publish even an edited version of this, on the grounds that it included Ad Hominem abuse ! Continue reading

An initial response to Richard Jones’ research on the Luddites published in the May 2012 issue of History Today

I wrote to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner following their story in the 12th April 2012 edition which adapts the press release put out by Richard Jones, a research student at Cambridge University. He appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme yesterday to promote the findings of his research into the Luddites. The letter was also endorsed by Richard Holland of Luddite Bicentenary and David King of the Luddites 200 Organising Forum. Continue reading