The photo I posted here yesterday is of J.C. Gray (Jesse Clement Gray) who was General Secretary of the Co-operative Union from 1891 to 1911, a time when the cooperative movement was riven with disagreements and with the potential for splits. Gray, who combined political adroitness with vision, kept the movement united and built its strength. He also had much to do with the successful development of the international movement following the launch of the International Co-operative Alliance in 1895. He’s been unjustly forgotten.
I will be giving an short informal talk on Jesse Gray this Thursday lunchtime to those working in Holyoake House in Manchester, just in case this may conceivably be you.