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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 July 2021
Selling the Socialist
Coventry stall 12 June 2021 (Click to enlarge)
I was very anxious about hitting the streets with the first campaign for the Socialist Party in Hereford. There is not a socialist base here.
But meeting Sean from Worcester Socialist Party and carrying the kit to where we set up was quite liberating.
We set up in the centre of High Town, outside an empty shop. Our table was adorned with posters and copies of the Socialist.
A fighting fund pot was set out on top. We put posters on the windows behind us, and set to shouting about the NHS pay 'rise' and against the privatisation of the NHS.
It was not long before we had our first signatures and discussions. 22 Socialist papers and £81.65 for the fighting fund on top later, and, more importantly, four people interested in the Socialist Party.
We heard about another campaign at Westfields School in Leominster. It is being centralised to Hereford, with no apparent thought given to parents and pupils who have extra needs. We will be there. We are the only party visibly standing up against Tory cuts. I look forward to the next one, and may there be many more.
We were back out building our campaign against parking charges. The anger at the parking charges couldn't be clearer than when a member of the public came up unprompted and helped us hand out leaflets and encouraged others to sign! One man told us plainly: "I voted Labour until now, but never again. I'll vote socialist in future."
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In The Socialist 28 July 2021:
Labour expulsions confirm need for new mass workers' party
Tories and Labour fail on child poverty
Nationality and borders bill
London floods: Privatisation and heavy rain are a dangerous mix
Jobs and homes for all
Cuban protests - what do they represent?
Flood devastation in Europe
Israel: Hospital ancillary workers' strike suspended
In brief: News, reports & analysis from the CWI
Public sector pay
Public sector pay - Prepare for action!
Unite to fight Tory pay insults
New left NEC meets - Organise the fight back now
Government departments move to impose pay cuts
Further education set for industrial action over pay
Sheffield Uni UCU fights archaeological dept closure
Bexley bin workers strike for better pay
Fight Freeports to stop bonfire of workers' rights
Thousands march to Reclaim Pride
Tower Hamlets Labour backs Tory cuts
East London resident fighting eviction again
Barnsley 'Big Green Space' protest
Youth Fight for Jobs is officially relaunched
Selling the Socialist
Scottish socialist breaks running record
TV Review: Stateless blames mismanagement rather than system
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