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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 March 2021
Selling the Socialist
Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week...
Southampton campaign stall 13 March, photo Southampton SP (Click to enlarge)
Sticking to Covid guidelines for the election, we set up our canvassing stall in the centre of Southampton near open shops. It was quiet, but a steady stream of shoppers passed us and some stopped to chat. Many were key workers hit by furlough, job cuts and the pandemic. Significantly, some were socialists who wanted to buy our paper and discuss the elections. New Socialist Party member and election candidate Catherine was very bold and enthusiastic, asking everyone to join and consider standing as a candidate. Two left with join cards and the idea of building an anti-cuts alternative in the elections.
We sold 20 copies of the Socialist in Enfield town on 13 March, the first time North London Socialist Party had been able to hold a campaign stall in 2021. There is overwhelming public support for a 15% pay-rise for NHS workers, and overwhelming anger at the Tories. Our stall also happened on the same day many people received their council tax bill, 5% higher than last year thanks to the Labour London Mayor and Enfield council. Our members are standing in the elections as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to demand workers aren't made to pay the bill for Covid.
Hall Green, Birmingham
People were angry, but not surprised, to hear about Birmingham City Council's plans to cut another £41 million from services in the coming year. The news that we are standing in a by-election in the area in May was well received as a result.
Oldbury, Black Country
We kicked off canvassing for our election campaign in the town with a call for key workers at Sandwell Council, in the NHS and elsewhere, to receive a living wage of at least £12 an hour, backing the health workers' campaign for a 15% pay increase.
Honks, claps and thumbs up - that was the response to the banner drop Leeds Socialist Party members took part in, supporting a 15% pay rise for NHS workers. One student ran across the road to ask what our banners were about and responded "brilliant" when we told him.
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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.
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In The Socialist 17 March 2021:
End violence against women
Violence against women - we will not be silenced
Rich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers
NHS workers map out strategy to win 15% pay rise
Judas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today
Can the capitalist media prevent socialist change?
British Gas strike at crucial stage
Electricians protest against deskilling and lower wages
Goodlord workers continue strike against 'fire and rehire'
Thousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action
Government's bus plans fall short of making up for the cuts
Reinstate Moe - stop trade union-busting at Abellio!
PCS members at Swansea DVLA to strike for safety
Council funding crisis - We need a workers' programme to restore the stolen millions
We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC
Standing for TUSC in Worcester
Help fund the Socialist Party's election campaign as part of TUSC
Build for the Socialist Students day of action on 21 April
I couldn't just stand and watch! - Why I joined the Socialist Party
Socialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting
Selling the Socialist
Myanmar: workers brave brutal military crackdown
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