The Socialist 11 January 2012
We say: NO WAY! Strike to defend pensions
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Socialist Party 2011 fighting fund target smashed!
Help support the fightback in 2012
Ken Douglas Socialist Party national treasurer
Socialist Party members raised a magnificent £33,322 fighting fund in the last three months of 2011, surpassing the target of £25,000 for the quarter and reaching 133%.
This money was raised on streets and around shopping centres in towns and cities all over England and Wales, and in the donations to the Socialism 2011 finance appeal. The fighting fund is essential to enable the Socialist Party to produce the campaign material - the hundreds of thousands of leaflets, posters and placards - as well as the flags, gazebos and sound systems, that mark out our participation in every protest, lobby and demonstration.
The Socialist Party relies solely on ordinary working class people for this support - there are no bankers or con-men bankrolling our party, unlike the Tories and Lib Dems.
Hedge fund owner Paul Ruddock, who made £100 million betting on the collapse of Northern Rock, donated £500,000 to the Tories and got a knighthood! Convicted fraudster Michael Brown, arrested a few days ago in the Dominican Republic, donated £2.4 million, part of the proceeds of a £34 million scam, to the Lib Dems - which they won't pay back!
Contrast these scoundrels with the ordinary people who are being hit hard by the policies of these Tory and Lib Dem millionaires and support our call for a fightback. Wherever Socialist Party members are out campaigning we get a great response. For example, in Wales where every branch reached their target, and in the North West and South West regions which also smashed their targets.
The Socialist Party aims to raise £100,000 every year in fighting fund and 2011 was one of the best since the millennium with a fantastic £114,315 raised. Congratulations to all the branches that reached their targets in 2011 but we can't stop there!
2012 already raises the possibility of further strike action over pensions both in the private and public sector, as well as more job losses with local government services taking an even bigger hit than last year. Socialist Party members will be out there on every strike and demo, campaigning to fight every cut and to organise a political alternative to the three 'bankster' parties.
Everybody can play their part - can you raise some money to help our campaign or can you make a donation (see form below)? We can guarantee that every penny will be used to build an alternative to the miserable future that the likes of Cameron, Osborne and Clegg, and the millionaires and billionaires that they represent, want to force on us.
In this issue
Socialist Party Interview
Them and Us
Youth fight for jobs
Socialist Party workplace news
Socialist Party features
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party women
Socialist Party news
Socialist Party reviews and comments