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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2019

Selling the Socialist

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week...

Wherever working-class people are fighting back, expect to find the Socialist on sale, photo London Socialist Party

Wherever working-class people are fighting back, expect to find the Socialist on sale, photo London Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Newcastle Corbyn rally

Newcastle's rally with Jeremy Corbyn had the feeling of an illegal rave. First we heard a rumour that Corbyn was coming - then we were told we could apply for tickets but the venue details wouldn't be given out until 24 hours before the event.

In the end it was virtually standing room only at Newcastle's City Hall on 6 October. The queue to get into the venue wrapped right around the venue - with another queue to get into that queue. Clearly Corbyn can still pull in big audiences.

We sold all 70 copies of the Socialist newspaper we had with us, and I spotted people inside the venue reading our paper as they waited for the rally to begin.

Corbyn spoke well, but MPs Ian Lavery and Laura Pidcock were also applauded - especially when, unlike Corbyn, they mentioned socialism.

Gateshead

Our slogans of 'Tories out now' and 'No to the bosses' EU - for a workers' Brexit' were well received on our 5 October campaign stall in Gateshead.

It's always good to be in working-class town centres to get a feel for what the mood is. There's a definite hatred of the Tories - Boris's bubble is deflating - but still a lot of uncertainty over Corbyn.

We had some really good discussions. In the main people agree with Corbyn's policies, but are uncertain he has the backbone to carry them out.

Elaine Brunskill

Hoxton

We ran a campaign stall and Socialist newspaper sale in Hoxton, east London, supporting postal workers balloting for strikes, and demanding the renationalisation of Royal Mail.

The mother of a postal worker took some of our leaflets for her son's depot. She said he'll definitely be voting yes in the strike ballot.

A young woman who works for a City law firm said she'd definitely sign any petition to do with trade unions. She told us she was a Fabian, but the current situation has pushed her to think a more radical solution is needed.

Chris Newby

Barnsley

The mood was very mixed in Barnsley on 5 October. Some hate Boris and the Tories - one rightly told us "he's a charlatan!" Others, in what once was a solid Labour ex-mining town, are hostile to Corbyn and have no trust in Labour.

Our slogans were to save our NHS from Tory cuts and privatisation, scrap Universal Credit, and kick out the Tories. We got more public engagement, for and against, than in recent stalls elsewhere.

We sold 20 copies of the Socialist. Special mention to Theo, Karen and Shaun's grandson: "Buy a Socialist paper, only two left!"

Alistair Tice

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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.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • 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 9 October 2019:


What we think

Brexit theatrics continue

Syria: Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds


News

Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

Asda workers protest callous bosses

Cynical Tories' domestic violence bill not enough


Labour and workers' rights

Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

Labour and the fight for a shorter working week


Obituary

Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019


Workplace news

BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

Vote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

Birmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation

Attacks on Caerphilly waste management workers

Equity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts

Vote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections

Sainsbury's strikers win

Unison's retired members reflect growing anger

Lincolnshire health visitors strike


Chinese revolution

Chinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'


International socialist news and analysis

Trump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

Best way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party

Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

Waltham Forest: mobilisation needed to defend abortion rights

Huge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition

Selling the Socialist

York freshers success


Reviews

Book review: She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions


 

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