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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 September 2019
Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners
Marching to save the NHS, photo Mary Finch (Click to enlarge)
Jane Ward and Ali Cook, Wiltshire Socialist Party
On 7 September, Wiltshire Socialist Party held our first campaign stall in the centre of Salisbury. Considering it has always been a Conservative safe seat, we were expecting a hostile reaction.
Apart from a few glares, this was not the case! We got an amazing response. It completely exceeded our expectations.
We campaigned on the NHS and also on kicking the Tories out. So many people stopped to talk. 'We need to get rid of Boris now' was a recurring theme.
There was also support for Corbyn and his policies, but it was tempered with real disappointment over his inability to be firm and decisive. We talked to Labour members who said there was an urgent need to throw the Blairites out of the party.
There were also some interested younger people, rightly afraid of the state of the NHS, who made donations and bought newspapers.
One man paused at our stall and then walked off. He then reappeared half an hour later and said he had walked home but came back because he had some questions.
What is socialism, are all members of the Labour Party socialists, and what did we think about Brexit? He thought our view on Brexit was clear, honest and correct. He was frustrated by all of the main political parties, and left exclaiming that he liked our position and would look into the Socialist Party further.
In two hours we sold 17 copies of the Socialist, which people were keen to read, and collected £16 for the Socialist Party fighting fund. To end a brilliant stall, a man who called himself a Trotskyist stopped and recited the poem 'Say not the Struggle Naught Availeth' before buying a paper and giving a generous donation.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 11 September 2019:
International socialist news and analysis
Far right makes gains in Germany
South Africa: Xenophobic violence - a product of failed capitalist policies
West Papuans demand self-determination in London
What we think
Tories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time
Capitalist 'democracy' v socialist democracy
TUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle
NSSN lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories
Fighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing
End austerity in the civil service: General election now
PCS strike at BEIS: "The life we live is not liveable"
Unions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe
Asda workers protest against worse contract
UCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Students and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change
Tory meltdown - Organise to finish them off
Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!
Leeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses
Frimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation
Leicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen
Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners
Socialist newspaper sales round-up
Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge
Climate strikes: trade union round-up
Scotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union
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