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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2007

Socialist Party national congress

The politics of socialism

CHRIS BAUGH, assistant general secretary of the PCS civil service union, launched the Socialist Party's 2007 congress with a rousing speech. He explained how the Socialist Party's practical and political support had helped change the PCS into a fighting, democratic trade union.

Alison Hill

The PCS has recruited 50,000 new members in the last ten years and has forced a victory over pensions which some mainstream press commentators called a "surrender" by the Blair government.

British children are suffering the worst deprivation in the western world. Workers are facing job cuts and assaults on their living standards. And the right to organise in trade unions is being undermined.

But the Socialist Party's ideas and programme challenge the idea that nothing can be done about any of this. He called on the TUC to organise a day of action in defence of the public sector on 1 May.

During the conference there were interesting and inspiring discussions on the world political situation, introduced by Peter Taaffe and on Britain, introduced by Hannah Sell. So much so, that the collection for the Socialist Party's Fighting Fund raised an impressive 8,193 on Saturday night.

The theme of the discussion on building and developing the Socialist Party was on recruitment. And it was clear from conference delegates' speeches that there are massive opportunities to build the party, particularly amongst young people.

A fund to modernise and improve the party's printing facilities made a good start, with nearly 5,000-worth of pledges.

And a discussion on all the Party's publications revealed a lot of good ideas on the design and content of our paper, magazine, websites, books, pamphlets, leaflets and posters.

Many delegates pointed out that the main key to developing our paper and magazine is of course to increase the sales. There were several useful reports from Socialist Party branches that had made important progress in selling the socialist.

Robert Bechert from the Committee for a Workers' International rounded off the conference with a report of some of the CWI's work around the world. It was an inspiring end to an invigorating conference.

The next issue will carry reports from all the main sessions.

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In The Socialist 22 February 2007:

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Iraq 'surge' doomed to failure

Italy: Thousands march against US military base


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

No to Trident!

North Korea: Talks achieve new accord

Anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-capitalist? Read the socialist!


Socialist Students

Students can defeat fees

Another profit-making racket

Living in debt - with no advice

Defend further education


Socialist Party Congress

The politics of socialism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets

Children at the sharp end of British capitalism

Banking billionaires

Drug companies squeeze profits out of health

Hospitals crisis worsens

Fighting homophobia


Environment

Climate change - we have to act now


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

CWI world congress: How will new workers' parties be built?


Workplace news and analysis

Valentine's day protest

Unique Care workers plan more protests

Israeli postal workers storm trade union HQ


 

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