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Showing an alternative to cuts in Dorset
Socialist Party members sold 25 copies of the Socialist and raised over £35 fighting fund on 21 May at our first stall in Poole, Dorset, for many years.
Following a successful branch launch meeting on 'what the Socialist Party stands for', members took to the streets. We wanted to discuss and offer an alternative to local people who are suffering from the effects of the capitalist crisis, cuts in services and eroding living standards in general.
We were approached by former Labour councillors, elected trade union officials, as well as many public sector workers angry over cutbacks and creeping privatisation in the NHS.
We were well informed by shoppers about the adverse effect these cutbacks are going to have on the poor and the vulnerable. One woman expressed her dismay at the way the government are targeting helpless, elderly people via cutbacks to meals on wheels programmes.
Clearly this was a positive start for Dorset Socialist Party, and we hope to build on these solid foundations in the coming months. Our next meeting will be on 18 June in Poole.
In The Socialist 25 May 2011:
What we think
Defending the NHS
Socialist Party workplace news
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Reviews and comments
Socialist Party news and analysis
International socialist news and analysis