Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/761/16515
Support the paper that beat Thatcher - twice!
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
Readers of the Socialist will have been sickened by the acres of newsprint and hours of television that have been devoted to worshipping Margaret Thatcher and her record.
Among the wider public it has now provoked a reaction. 'Ding dong the witch is dead' has reached number two in the charts.
Liverpool football club fans held out banners and chanted anti-Thatcher slogans in the game against Reading.
Over 5,000 protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square on 13 April and throughout Britain parties were held in celebration.
Everywhere that our members sold the Socialist, with its front page calling for the fight to continue against her legacy, we got a great response.
The predecessor of the Socialist Party, the Militant, led two successful campaigns against Thatcher - a mass campaign in Liverpool against the cuts, which won £60 million extra from her government, and the battle against the poll tax which ultimately led to her resignation.
We are continuing that battle today against her heirs in both the Con Dem coalition and New Labour.
Through them her neoliberal policies live on - attempting to claw back all the economic and social gains made by the working class in the 20th century.
Thatcher's funeral is costing us £10 million - a grotesque amount at a time when the Con-Dems are hammering the working class with austerity and cuts.
But you can make a stand by supporting the antidote to this love-in of the rich and their politicians! You can make a donation to the Socialist - a paper that since its inception has consistently put forward a programme to end the misery of capitalism. A paper that beat Thatcher, not once but twice!
Can you donate £10, £20, £50 or more? Every donation, no matter how big or how small, is very welcome and can help the Socialist Party produce and distribute the paper that fights all cuts.
Can you help increase sales of the paper by selling at your workplace, college, to fellow campaigners or in your neighbourhood? Contact us if you want more papers sent to you.
You can also help the paper by writing for it - like the comments sent in response to Thatcher's death. Send in your letters and reports to email@example.com
You can pay via the Socialist Party website www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate or telephone 020 8988 8762
In The Socialist 17 April 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Socialist Party feature
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Socialist Party workplace feature
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party workplace news