Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1012/28025

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 October 2018

Enthusiasm for Socialist ideas at the freshers fairs

SOAS Freshers Fair 2018

SOAS Freshers Fair 2018   (Click to enlarge)

Socialist Students societies have been taking part in this year's freshers fairs - meeting students eager to get involved in campaigning and political discussion. These reports, written by Socialist Students members from several campuses, highlight the enthusiasm for socialist ideas and campaigning that we encountered. Get involved, socialiststudents.org.uk


King's College London

KCL Socialist Students distributed flyers to incoming students. More than 50 stopped to sign up, keen to learn more about socialism and Marxism. In terms of campaigning, besides building the fight for free education, we were also supporting the KCL cleaners' now victorious campaign for their jobs to be brought back in-house.

Berkay Kartav, KCL Socialist Students

Nottingham

We ended up with a stall next to the Conservative Students group. Considering that the first text that caught the eye on our leaflet was "Tories Out", it was a humourous juxtaposition. It made it very clear that more students were interested in left-wing ideas than in what the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had to offer!

Ernst Shafer, Nottingham Socialist Students

Swansea

As well as interest in socialist ideas, there was a definite mood of frustration among students we spoke to - frustration with the Tories and Brexit, frustration with Corbyn and his inaction on tackling the Blairites, and frustration at the capitalist system that has given us Trump, May and their cronies. We sold nine copies of the Socialist Students magazine, Megaphone, signed up 90 interested students, and hosted a well-attended meeting at the end of the second day.

Gareth Bromhall, Swansea Socialist Students

Leicester

Students were eager to sign our petition and have discussions on topics like Brexit, Corbyn and tuition fees. Next, we are organising a meeting on 'socialist ideas and the Labour Party' where we will explore the lessons that can be learnt from the struggle of the Militant-led Liverpool City Council for the fight against Tory austerity today.

Franklin O'Riordan, Leicester Socialist Students

Derby

Derby Freshers Fair 2018

Derby Freshers Fair 2018   (Click to enlarge)

At Derby we were campaigning to kick out the Tories and demand a general election. The response was great with many students agreeing that change is needed now. Lots supported the idea that we need to end Tory austerity and privatisation, and that young people have an important part to play in the fight for a Corbyn-led government with socialist policies.

Lily Branchett, Derby Socialist Party

Lincoln

Lincoln Freshers Fair 2018

Lincoln Freshers Fair 2018   (Click to enlarge)

At Lincoln freshers fair we were successful in attracting members for our newly affiliated 'official' students union society. We were placed next to the feminist society stall and noticed a trend.

Despite the odd student who would go to their stall but not ours (or vice versa) it was often the case that students went to both stalls or neither. I am sure the reason is obvious to the readership!

The "Tories Out!" sign on our table grabbed attention and showed the desire for a general election as soon as possible. 16 students attended our first meeting discussing 'What is Socialism?'

Tom Vale, Lincoln Socialist Students

Tyneside

We've spoken to hundreds of college and university students across the north east. Our stalls have attracted lots of attention, most importantly from students who liked our message of, "Tories out now! Fight for free education!"

But, alongside the positive response we have had to contend with management and campus security attempting to chase us off - even though we weren't on their premises! At Northumbria a security guard warned us that if we didn't move (from the public footpath) the police would be called and I would end up in a police cell!

But the harassment from these educational establishments gave us a certain amount of street cred. Students were impressed that we stood our ground.

Elaine Brunskill, Newcastle Socialist Party

Reading

One person we met was Judy, a law and human rights student from Kenya: "My brother said it would be different here, so I was shocked to see people sleeping in the streets." We discussed the crisis in Kenya and the role of imperialist powers like China, the US and Britain.

Judy's enthusiasm grew as we outlined our socialist answers to the these problems and she asked to join the Socialist Party and agreed to help us start a Socialist Students society at Reading University.

Reading Socialist Party

Liverpool

Over 100 students signed up for membership at Liverpool freshers fair. There was a very positive response to our society. Some of the good responses included students coming up to the stall and saying that they were looking specifically for it and some students saying that they had read up on the activities of the society already ahead of the fair.

Michael Hollinshead, Liverpool Socialist Students

Sheffield

300 students signed up to Socialist Students at the University of Sheffield and 80 at Sheffield Hallam. There was a general appetite for socialist ideas. We got 36 to our first meeting. We took ten new members to protest at the Tory Party conference.

Roan James, Sheffield Socialist Students

Leeds

We signed up 119 interested students at Leeds freshers fair. This was reflected in the positive turnout for our first meeting of the new semester, with over 20 students in attendance.

I spoke to several of our new members after the meeting and felt an instant connection amongst the group. I believe that this passion and eagerness to get involved will lead to a year of successful campaigning from the Socialist Students branch at the university.

Morgan King, Leeds Socialist Students

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


In The Socialist 3 October 2018:


Labour Party conference

Labour conference shows: Blairites must be ousted

Socialist Party campaigns against the Blairites at Labour conference


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

'Tories must go' demonstration in Birmingham

Anti-fracking protesters jailed

Save Wirral NHS walk-in centres

More party than protest, but great response to socialist ideas at Leicester Pride


Socialist Party news and analysis

Zombie Tory government: general election now

Blood transfusion scandal

Shocking new data on declining life expectancy

NHS pay discrimination - militant union action can achieve fair pay for all

Maximus profitus: disabillity profiteering scandal

Tory Brexit Blues festival


Workplace news and analysis

Catering and courier workers strike together

Coordinated catering and courier strikes

York NHS workers strike against privatisation

Tube workers walk out

1,000 head teachers march on parliament

Camden - Unison members in pay fight


Socialist Party feature

Is this generation socialist?


International socialist news and analysis

USA: crisis follows Supreme Court justice nomination

Indonesia tsunami - a disaster compounded by capitalism


Socialist Students

Enthusiasm for Socialist ideas at the freshers fairs


Opinion

The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: one-man show's new take on lively socialist classic

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 October 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Socialist Students:

triangleStudents demanding an end to Tory cuts and austerity in education. London, 17.10.18. photo by Isai Priya

triangleDe Montfort freshers stall

triangleFreshers fairs: socialist ideas chime with students

triangleStudents and workers unite and fight

triangleSocialist Students campaigns at Hull freshers fair

Freshers fairs:

triangleWinning a new generation of students

triangleEnthusiasm for socialism at freshers fairs

University:

triangleCompulsory redundancies stopped at Leicester University

triangleLeicester UCU fights redundancies

triangleUniversity pay ballot: vote yes for strike action!

Student:

triangleLibres y Combativas: striking for women's rights in the Spanish state

triangleThem & Us

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/10/18

Redundancy

Grimethorpe dinner ladies stage all-out strike against redundancy

17/10/18

PCS

PCS union: nominate Chris Baugh as Left Unity candidate for assistant general secretary

17/10/18

Far-right

Demo against far-right DFLA

17/10/18

Socialist Students

De Montfort freshers stall

17/10/18

Devon

Devon foster carers fight 30% cut in allowances

17/10/18

Capitalism

Socialism - the podcast offering Marxist analysis for the movement against capitalism

17/10/18

Newham

Newham finance staff fight pay and grading insult

17/10/18

Pay

Cable makers' pay strike bites as production falls 33%

17/10/18

Bolton

Bolton hospital workers strike as subsidiary company refuses NHS pay rates

17/10/18

Uber

Uber drivers strike against unfair 'deactivation' and low pay

17/10/18

South Western Railway

South Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

17/10/18

Birmingham

Striking Brum home carers reject 'final' pay cut offer

16/10/18

Haringey

'Corbyn-council' faces a choice: Implement or fight the cuts

12/10/18

Film

Peterloo film exposes bloody nature of capitalism

12/10/18

Universal Credit

New anti-poll tax type revolt needed today

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999