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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2017
Why I joined the Socialist Party
"I witnessed the effort and commitment displayed by members"
Richard (centre left) marching with Socialist Party and Socialist Students members for free education photo James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
Richard Edwards, Cardiff East Socialist Party
I joined the Socialist Party after I witnessed the effort and commitment displayed by members in the streets of Cardiff. As someone who has long been interested in Marxism and disillusioned with Labour, it was inspiring to meet members on a stall who could match actions to the words.
The Socialist Party can point to any number of campaigns, support for strike action and numerous other actions which make a material difference to the struggle that so many hard-working and exploited people are going through right now. The regular meetings, constant encouragement to take action and learn more, and passionate and friendly members are the perfect antidote to the antipathy which I had begun to fall victim to.
Some of my generation are frustrated, angry and upset with the Tory government and the way the whole world seems to be heading. I say to them that the Socialist Party is an organisation in which you can actually witness the difference your actions can make to the political environment in which we live, and to the living and working conditions of ourselves and those around us.
The Socialist Party is a ready-made network of contacts, activists, allies and friends - I would recommend membership to any of my friends or family, and I would encourage anyone reading this and considering giving us a go. Come down to a meeting - you won't be disappointed!
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