This mural, on the wall of the Tower Hamlets Parks Department depot on Hale Street, commemorates the Poplar Rates Rebellion, in which Poplar Borough Council refused to collect part of the rates payable by local residents, many of whom were living in extreme poverty. 30 local councillors - named on the mural - including George Lansbury (later leader of the Labour Party) were sent to prison for contempt of court, the men to Brixton, the women to Holloway. Despite this, Council meetings continued to be held, the female councillors taken by cab to Brixton Prison to meet their fellow tax rebels.
Originally painted by Mark Frances, the mural features four panels telling the story of the Rates Rebellion, mostly in words. It depicts George Lansbury and local residents holding 'Can't Pay Won't Pay' placards, in reference to the anti-Poll Tax campaign of the early 1990s, contemporaneous to when the mural was first completed. Names of the imprisoned Councillors feature along the bottom.
The mural was restored in 2007 by David Bratby and Maureen Delenian with help from local children.