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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 February 2021

Coventry success building subscriptions

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Adam Harmsworth, Coventry Socialist Party

The latest lockdown has had an impact on raising sales and subscriptions to the Socialist across the country. Back in late December one of our weekly campaign stalls in Coventry sold ten papers, we definitely felt the pinch when lockdown returned.

Our branch hasn't taken any dramatic steps to react, but we did carry on the work we were doing as best we could. Several of us have paper rounds delivering the Socialist by hand to supporters, often stopping for a chat. We share the paper and encourage subscriptions on social media, and aim to build key articles into our programme of political discussions in branch meetings.

We have been continuing paper deliveries throughout the pandemic, adopting safer methods as required - like not going in for a coffee! Those deliveries and conversations about articles in the paper have raised subscribers' interest in political events and the working-class struggle that the capitalist press refuses to report.

That work has led to a new member, who has already written for the Socialist. We can now say with pleasure she is no longer our newest member, because the paper brought another supporter into our ranks.

A long-term supporter has continued selling the paper at his workplace. There he had a regular buyer, who went on to contact us about meetings, and within weeks had joined with a subscription to the Socialist.

And now two more supporters who were buying the paper on the doorstep have also agreed to take up subscriptions.

So we have seen that consistent work selling, delivering and discussing the Socialist has great results. Getting more subscriptions is vital for recruitment to the Socialist Party and education of our members.

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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.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
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In The Socialist 24 February 2021:


Covid

Where's the road map to jobs and wages Boris?

Johnson's 'road map' for schools: Act together to protect safety

Vaccine algorithm can't solve capitalist inequality

Garment workers and Covid: Dying for less than minimum wage


What we think

Starmer's speech a return to New Labour


News

Justice for Moyied Bashir

Uber drivers win case - they are workers

Social care: End privatisation and let workers decide how it's run


Lessons from history

How militant trade unionism defeated the 1971 Industrial Relations Act


Workplace news

Usdaw elections - right makes gains but Broad Left builds

HMRC: Divisive pay deal leads to expulsions

Hinkley Point electricians fight 'deskilling'

"I'm here to fight for the future education of children in Hackney"

London bus dispute against low pay, pay cuts and longer hours

GMB members continue fight against 'fire and rehire' in British Gas

Scunthorpe steelworks scaffolders: Fifth week of action


TUSC

Liverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy

Scottish TUSC election campaign launch

Keep the fighting fund rushing in for a TUSC stand in May


Campaigns news

W. Sussex children's centres on the chopping block

Coventry success building subscriptions

Socialist Students conference - postering

Save John Carroll Leisure Centre

Getting the Socialist out in lockdown


LGBT+ history month

Pride flag is about unity in struggle

Tories tout toilet tensions


International news

Nigeria: Abbey Trotsky on trial for assisting workers' struggle

Facebook v Australian government: nationalise the bosses' media!


Readers' opinion

Film Review: The White Tiger

Tories admit guilt for asylum seeker neglect

Tories target universities in free speech shakedown

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