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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 November 2020

Selling the Socialist

Brighton Socialist Party stall 7 November 2020, photo Glenn Kelly

Brighton Socialist Party stall 7 November 2020, photo Glenn Kelly   (Click to enlarge)

Brighton

After some discussion, we decided to do a normal campaign stall at our usual time, despite lockdown and uncertainty of how police, and more importantly the public would react.

We decided to go to our usual spot in the main shopping area of Brighton. It was definitely a lot quieter with all shops around us shut, but people were out and about. There was no hostility to us being out campaigning from anyone, and no approach to us by police.

We had four members out, including our new recruit this week who sold his first paper. In the end we sold eleven papers, including making our first sale on the contactless card machine. We got a good response to our slogan: "Trump's gone - now let's get rid of Boris!"

Glenn Kelly, Brighton Socialist Party

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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.

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In The Socialist 11 November 2020:


News

Capitalists vs working class - not in it together

Tory U-turn: Free school meals

Tory U-turn: Furlough extended - not enough to save jobs

Covid and poverty rising - Welsh lockdown ends with little progress

Covid law used against striking workers - for workers' control of safety measures

Schools need union action for safety


US election

After the polarised elections - what way forward?

Trump out! But mass workers' struggle needed

Trump is out - our readers react


Spycops

Spycops inquiry : why the capitalist state feared and continues to fear socialism


Workplace news

Rolls-Royce: Lancashire workers' strike shows the way to fight aerospace cuts and job losses

RMT union AGM votes to defend union democracy

Sainsbury's and Argos: Closures, cuts and soaring sales

Fight the witch-hunt of Corbyn and his supporters


Campaigns

Donate to the Socialism 2020 appeal now!

Solidarity with Manchester students - fight for democratic control of campus safety

Southampton trade unionists demand: "We won't pay for Covid"

Labour movement conference to defend Corbyn and discuss new party

The struggle for a new mass workers' party

Selling the Socialist


Review and readers' opinion

Trotsky's ideas live on in the CWI

The Socialist Inbox

Readers of the Socialist react to effects of lockdown


 

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