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From: The Socialist issue 465, 29 November 2006: Ripping the heart out of the NHS

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Finance appeal - 30,873.44!

Once again the finance collection at the Socialism Rally was a highlight of the weekend. A magnificent 30,873.44 was donated which was even more than the collection last year.

Jackie Grunsell, recently elected Save Our NHS councillor in Huddersfield urged everyone to donate to the collection. She described the dread that many families feel in the run-up to Christmas trying to provide the 'idealised Christmas.'

We were reminded of the working class families who had been saving for Christmas with Farepak and had lost all their money. Compare this to the millions being paid out in City bonuses. "For big business it's Christmas every day as they buy up our private services."

Socialist Party members have given a lead on the NHS battles at Whipps Cross, Huddersfield and other areas - compare this to the ineptitude of the trade union leaders.

Those at the rally showed their determination to support the Socialist Party in its current campaigns and to build a socialist future by their response to the finance appeal. One UNISON member donated 500 and a young member sent a note with his donation of 10: "Been unemployed for five months and have not got my first wage yet!"

Another member donated 10,000, having recently inherited some money. A Hackney member donated half their winter fuel allowance (100). One of our members brought along 50 for the collection - his retired next door neighbour had popped it through his letterbox, as she could not make the rally.

Branches had also clubbed together - Camden members donated 1,000, Huddersfield 2,812, Stevenage 1,690 and Brighton 1,005. Unfortunately, there is not enough room to print all the branch or individual donations but every amount, however small is greatly appreciated.

This year's appeal is not only going to our fighting fund but also to help with our international work and to start a print fund for new equipment. Those who attended the weekend of Socialism participated in discussions and debates about fighting cuts in the NHS, getting rid of tuition fees, international struggles, socialism in today's world and the need for a new workers' party.

We always explain that we need more people to join us and get involved in the Socialist Party but finances are also crucial to sustain our party and to ensure we have the resources to continue our campaigning work. Many thanks to all those who donated - every penny will be accounted for and will go towards the struggle for socialism.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

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.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • 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.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

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