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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 November 2016

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Some of the Socialist's campaigning front pages from the last year

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Reading the Socialist can boost our confidence to fight back. Cover to cover, you can hear working class people in their own words. It's an antidote to the pro-austerity ideas festering in the mainstream media and among establishment politicians.

Below, working class fighters give a glimpse of why the Socialist is important to so many activists. The articles inside have helped guide them through the struggles they've helped lead. The Socialist is present at and supports every strike, protest and movement our supporters are able to reach.

In the last issue of the Socialist, we featured articles on the refugee crisis, the Spanish student strike and the Uber court victory. Who else gives space for migrants facing oppression but also organising against it to tell their own story? Which paper gave an eyewitness account of millions of school students striking in Spain? It was ignored by the establishment press. Where can you read a report of gig economy workers fighting back that is celebratory of their success while also clear that legal action alone is not enough? We said organising, campaigning and striking is the only way to win lasting improvements in conditions.

Can you help boost the readership of the Socialist? If you're a Socialist Party member, do you regularly discuss the paper in your branch meetings?

The Socialist isn't just written in an office; it's the tireless class fighters around the country who provide the material in this issue and every other. Anybody, whether you're a member of the Socialist Party or not, can write for us - tell us what you think, what your campaigning for, what's going on in your workplace, college or university.

If you're looking for inspiration for an exciting topic in a Socialist Party meeting, a Marxist discussion group, or just to talk to your friends and neighbours about, look no further than your latest issue of the Socialist.

Jeremy Corbyn has now won two landslide elections - showing the hunger for a party for the 99%. Over the summer, the Socialist had its highest sales for five years - every week clearly explaining how his anti-austerity policies can come to fruition.

The Socialist is a vital tool in the important struggles we're all facing - write for it, subscribe, sell it to others - and make sure you read it!

Ian Pattison, Socialist Party national paper organiser

Why do you read the Socialist?

"In 2010, the Socialist supported the call for student strikes which was crucial in building a mass movement against the trebling of tuition fees. Now, with new fee hikes on the agenda, the Socialist is standing right beside student activists and supporting the United for Education demonstration on 19 November."

Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Students national organiser

"After slaving away all day, working people - typified by the tenants on the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow - have little time or energy for what they call 'politics'. But the Socialist is different. It showed Butterfields campaigners that they were not alone, and that was important. All over the country - and indeed all over the world - working people like them are battling away on different issues and sometimes in different ways, but nevertheless all against the same inhumane system."

Linda Taaffe, Waltham Forest Socialist Party and key campaigner with the victorious Butterfields tenants

"The Wormwood scrubs branch and national POA owe a debt of gratitude to the Socialist paper. It has consistently covered our disputes and workplace news from the perspective of the rank-and-file member and not with the right-wing, union-hating spin tactics of the mainstream media. It has highlighted our struggles and rallied support when other media outlets would not touch us.

It is a vital tool for our members to discover and explore socialist ideas and keep informed about struggles throughout the trade union movement. Wormwood Scrubs POA is proud of our close relationship with the Socialist - long may it continue."

Matt Clarke, Wormwood Scrubs POA Chair

"The Socialist paper is a fantastic tool of international solidarity. It highlighted solidarity by Lisbon Dockers for the Welsh Museum workers, renewing their will to fight."

Joao Felix, Cardiff Socialist Party

"Excellent coverage in this paper has highlighted our struggle to keep jobs and services local, and inspired and given confidence to our members!"

Marion Lloyd, PCS group president for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

"The Socialist newspaper has played an indispensable role in the development of effective, fighting strategies for workers at Whipps Cross hospital over the past 25 years. In the recent victory to secure permanent contracts, banishing zero-hour contracts and securing the London Living Wage for privatised workers throughout Bart's Trust hospitals, its record and guiding role was an important factor in ensuring a successful outcome to the union's campaign."

Len Hockey, Unite branch secretary in Barts Health NHS Trust

"The real strength of a socialist newspaper is in struggle. During the anti-poll tax campaign, Militant (the Socialist's predecessor) was invaluable in building the mass movement that took place. The reports, the legal guidance, and analysis was critical for the many thousands of people active in the campaign. It gave us invaluable confidence. It would be true to say that the battle against the poll tax would've been harder without a genuine socialist newspaper."

Steve Nally, former secretary of the All-Britain Anti-Poll Tax Federation

"The Socialist was a key to our victory. Without the incredible support raised via the paper we would have struggled to achieve the concessions made by management to protect our members."

Mick Joyce, shop steward at victorious Kone strike

"The paper has been amazing in supporting the protests against the unfair junior doctor contract, with many articles on the subject. Especially good have been those linking the protests to the wider struggle against austerity and calling for all healthcare unions to take coordinated strike action to save the NHS."

Zoe Brunswick, medical student

"The Socialist has carried articles on Jeremy Corbyn even since he declared his run for Labour leader. Each one has set out a clear strategy for how anti-austerity policies can win out against the right-wing."

Martin Reynolds, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 9 November 2016:


High Court Brexit bombshell

Bosses' government, bosses' EU...fight for socialism

High Court bombshell on Brexit decision


Socialist Party news and analysis

Stop the 54,000 yearly maternity sackings

Build housing for the kids without homes this Xmas

Unions must act on pay restraint!

Court slams Tory air quality plans

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Build the education fightback

Read the Socialist

Over a thousand march to fight museums and libraries cuts

Library cuts: working class kids suffer most

Momentum left meeting excludes socialists

New Socialist Party pamphlet: Fight racism, fight for socialism

Far-right given short shrift in Darlington

Obituary: Hilary Mooney 1945-2016


Socialist Party workplace news

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

Courts and tribunal services face huge cuts

Newcastle council cuts: opportunity for trade union fightback

Birmingham's Labour council freezes workers' pay

Hackney Picturehouse strike


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan tightens repressive screw

Ireland: Gardai strike threat

South Africa: State victimises #OutsourcingMustFall activists


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

HyperNormalisation: Arbitrary selection of ideas to confirm feelings of powerlessness

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