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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 April 2013

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.

Battle continues

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

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In The Socialist 17 April 2013:

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Class survey diverts focus away from power of working class to change society

Widespread caste discrimination ignored in the UK

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Doncaster: fighting for a working class mayor on a workers' wage

Maltby pit closure: TUSC councillor speaks out

Ineffectual Ed visits South West

Warrington council rebel builds fight against cuts

Meeting and exhibition marking 30 years since the election of Liverpool's socialist council

Letters to The Socialist

Socialist Party feature

We can beat bedroom tax

Thatcher funeral

Thatcher's funeral costs: Insulting the lives she ruined

Thatcher... and us

Support the paper that beat Thatcher - twice!

Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS cost-cutting is damaging patient care

New phase of campaign against Dewsbury NHS cuts

Welsh NHS cuts - no change of heart from Labour

Socialist Party workplace feature

Time to name the day for a 24-hour general strike

We say to the TUC: Time to fight back

International socialist news and analysis

Brutal Saudi regime supported by UK government

Socialist Party workplace news

Unison health conference: Time to fight back against attacks

Unison elections: Vote for Socialist Party and Reclaim the Union candidates

Thera workers on strike

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