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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 October 2019

Financing socialist struggle: together we can beat the odds

Fighting fund helps pay for leaflets and other campaigning material photo Samantha Smith, photo Samantha Smith

Fighting fund helps pay for leaflets and other campaigning material photo Samantha Smith, photo Samantha Smith   (Click to enlarge)

Ade Wallace, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

The big question is: will we, or won't we?

You may be forgiven for thinking I'm talking about Brexit and whether we will exit on 31 October. Or it could be, will we or we won't have a general election in the coming days? Will we or won't we boot Boris out once and for all?

Of course, I could be talking about any of these scenarios. But my question relates to whether Waltham Forest Socialist Party would reach its fighting fund target this quarter.

The challenge was on with all the pressures in these unprecedented times, and as stoic, hardened, working-class folk, we rose to it. I am proud to declare that we made it, and against the odds raised over 800 in just one week, for a total of 1,110 - 101% of our target.

With the target seemingly a long way off, and possibly out of reach, collectively we organised through clothes parties, penny jars, eBay selling, boot sales, raffles, and lastly an autumnal gathering around a makeshift log fire with soup and jacket potatoes aplenty. Even the rain could not dampen our spirits with a tuneful singalong.

This was an almighty effort by all, and a reminder that together we can achieve, and we did, to finance the revolutionary party. Long may we reign.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

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