Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 October 2008

Lots of new recruits for Socialist Students

ALL OVER England and Wales, Socialist Students have been holding stalls at university 'freshers fairs'. The response has been good, not just on issues such as tuition fees but on wider political issues too.

At Cardiff University, over 40 students agreed to join Socialist Students and 16 students attended a meeting of over 30 people, jointly organised by Socialist Students and the Socialist Party, on the crisis of capitalism.

Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell spoke at this meeting, outlining the shattering collapse of the financial markets and the dramatic political effects this will have. The lively, wide-ranging discussion was mostly about whether a socialist solution is possible in the new period of turmoil.

At University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, more than 30 students signed up to join the Socialist Students society, and five later came along to its first meeting. At the University of Newport, over 45 students signed up, despite the student union bureaucrats attempting to bar political groups from the freshers fair.

At Swansea, 34 students signed up to Socialist Students with several indicating an interest in joining the local Socialist Party and getting involved in its campaigns. At Bangor the response to hard hitting posters saying 'Fight for Free Education' and 'Solidarity with Venezuela and Bolivia' was promising; 30 people approached the stand to sign up for further information.

Leeds University Socialist Students had a very successful freshers week. Around 140 people signed up for their society (Labour students got way under half that amount) and 20 attended its first meeting.

The difference in people's attitudes from a year ago is striking, with a lot more interest not only in student issues such as fees, but also in a political solution to problems like climate change and the economy. Many have already come to socialist conclusions.

Two colourful and busy socialist student stalls at Huddersfield freshers fair, attracted around 25 people to either join the society or commit to attend meetings. The Conservatives had a stall opposite the Socialist Students. This lead dozens of students to walk over to the Socialists (the only other political stall there) out of disgust at their appearance.

At Brunel university in west London, queues of people two lines deep waited to discuss the prominent Capitalism in Crisis: Was Marx right? posters.

Most students agreed that capitalism had created an almighty mess that clearly shows that a new way of running society is needed. Many students expressed their fears for the future now that jobs for graduates seem to be drying up.

Added to this is the knowledge that they would be weighed down with debt when they graduate. For this reason the Campaign to Defeat Fees was well received. As in other colleges, future meetings are planned to build on these successes.

Thanks to Sarah Mayo, Danny
Melia, Lizz Evans and Ian Slattery

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 2 October 2008:

Socialist Party editorial

Market madness!

Credit crunch

Bradford & Bingley: We need real nationalisation

The bishop and the 'bank robbers'

Russia: economic crisis looms

What is short-selling and will the ban have any effect?

Short-sellers back Tories

Another nail in New Labour's coffin

Socialist Students

Student debt soaring

Lots of new recruits for Socialist Students

Global Warming

Climate change calamities: Socialist planning needed

Cuts and privatisation threaten new floods

Socialist Party workplace news

Local government pay dispute in Scotland: solid support for strike

Unison goes to arbitration - a strategy or surrender?

Union calls ballot over health pay

Unions must fight to defend Ford jobs

Lincoln - fight council cuts plan

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party campaigns

Jean Charles de Menezes


Conditions in China

Socialist Party review

Liberty by Glyn Maxwell at Shakespeare's Globe


Home   |   The Socialist 2 October 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:

Socialist Students:

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleCardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

triangleSupporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'


triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

triangleFreshers week campaigning reports

triangleFight for free education


triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?



Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni


Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



Balloting members on the pay cap



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems



Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now



Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice