Selling the Socialist in Hackney, 20.6.20, photo Chris Newby

Selling the Socialist in Hackney, 20.6.20, photo Chris Newby   (Click to enlarge: opens in new window)

For the Socialist Party, selling our paper – with all the ideas it contains – is a vital part of what we do. By selling it in the street we test the mood of workers in our community, and get an audience for our ideas. Lockdown restrictions have limited our ability to do that. To partially offset this we have launched a campaign to build the number of subscribers to the Socialist. We have had 113 new subscribers so far in the first two months of the campaign.

Who do you know who would benefit from a parcel of socialist ideas dropping on their doormat or landing in their inbox every week? Can you ask them to subscribe too?

We spoke to Sukh Sethi, paper sales organiser for the West London branch of the Socialist Party, about why the Socialist is important for her.

“The Socialist has been an integral part of developing my understanding of the key ideas underpinning how we can bring about socialist change and empower the working class.

“The centre pages often contain a double spread on crucial Marxist ideas. Also, the Socialist is the perfect supplement reporting on up-to-date developments in working-class movements and campaigns across the globe.

“I am a regular subscriber to several other newspapers, including The Guardian and the Financial Times. The Socialist is different because its articles are written by the working class, reporting on issues that directly affect our lives.

“Importantly, the demands of the Socialist Party are printed in every issue, so that there is no confusion as to who we are, and whose interests we represent.”