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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021
Why we joined the Socialist Party
Socialist paper is my weekly antidote to press barons
Adam selling the Socialist at UCU picket lines in Reading (Click to enlarge)
I was overwhelmed when my hopes for united workers' action against the Tories failed after the last general election. I was thinking 'there is no future for a workers' party in England'.
I attended Pride with my branch of public sector union Unison. There I found out that Paul Couchman, my Unison branch secretary, was a Socialist Party member.
A brief discussion later, now I am a proud Socialist Party member. I can't wait to read the Socialist paper every week, and hear an alternative to the manipulation of the mass media by press barons like Rupert Murdoch, Richard Desmond, Viscount Rothermere, the Barclay Brothers and others.
The Socialist is a brilliant paper. It doesn't hide the truth of workers' struggles or the reality of Tory government attacks on working-class people. I am also going to get more active in the union and become a workplace rep.
Ioannis Kouratos, Staines Socialist Party
My whole life has been a series of capitalist crises
I joined the Socialist Party after reading our 'what we stand for'. I liked demands such as nationalisation with democratic workers' control and management, and I could see capitalism's inability to solve any crisis, because of its aim of short-term profit.
I realised that we need a new socialist system, where profit is not the main driving factor, and human need comes first. My whole life has been one major crisis after another - 2007-08 financial crisis, the pandemic, climate change.
I see capitalism barely scraping along, and making the working class pay for it all. Joining the Socialist Party sounded logical to me.
Adam Gillman, Reading 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 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.
- 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 15 December 2021:
Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis
Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety
Councils to make workers pay, again
Assange faces extradition
Global inequality grows
What we think
Split Tories and spineless Starmer
End of the USSR
The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism
Stonewall attacked by the establishment
Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead
Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise
Support tube workers fighting back
South Wales Stagecoach victory
Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing
Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders
Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail
London colleges victory
Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut
Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action
Uni support staff strike ballot
Tesco strike action latest
Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise
Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds
Sudan: End military rule and poverty
Nana's eviction: Community vs heartless Labour council
London solidarity protest: Rio Tinto out of Serbia
Save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton
Why we joined the Socialist Party
Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe
Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds
TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer
Christmas quiz of 2021
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