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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 September 2012
"We're not lazy - we're fighting back"
Outraged by news of the book Britannia Unchained, which brands working class people as lazy, activists from Bristol Youth Fight for Jobs picketed the surgery of Chris Skidmore, Tory MP for Kingswood and one of the right-wing authors of the book.
However, as we approached the office there was a 'closed due to unforeseen circumstances' sign on the door - Skidmore had done a runner! Maybe he did not have the confidence to back up his disgraceful book and would rather shut his surgery, causing inconvenience to his constituents, than debate with protesters.
Despite Skidmore going into hiding, with the help of a hooter we kicked off the protest. Chants of 'the rich, the rich, we've got to get rid of the rich' and 'Tories out' could be heard as activists gave interviews to BBC Radio Bristol and distributed leaflets to the public. After about an hour, we marched on the shopping area, backed by shouts of support and tooting of horns.
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In The Socialist 12 September 2012:
Fight against austerity
Build a 24-hour general strike
TUC passes general strike motion
NSSN lobby demands a 24-hour general strike
Teachers must unite against Tories
Socialist Party news and analysis
Nationalise the banks
Con-Dem housing measures - in 'the thick of it'?
After the Paralympics... Stop the Con-Dems' assault on disabled
Cable attacks health and safety
'Red tape' bonfire puts workers at more risk
More bad news from media mogul Murdoch
International socialist news and analysis
Quebec Solidaire's electoral gains show potential for left
Honduras: Privatised cities in the global economy
Socialist Party feature: TUSC
We need a political voice to fight austerity
Socialist Party youth and students
Socialist students: Fighting for education
Bristol YFJ: "We're not lazy - we're fighting back"
Global youth unemployment rises
Youth Fight for Jobs in action! Coming events
Socialist Party workplace news
Workers' unity against brutal bosses at Cranswick Foods
East Coast train cleaners on strike
RMT assistant secretary arrested on picket line
Fighting NHS cuts
NHS under attack - Stop the closures, stop the cuts
Bromsgrove meeting opposes A&E closure
Demo against heart unit closure in Leicester
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Sheffield Socialist Party pickets strike-breaking facility
Brent Labour: Making families homeless
Young tenants to lobby Leeds council over housing crisis
Reviews and comments
The Reunion rewrites history: the Poll Tax
The shame of sexism in sport
How we stopped the racist EDL
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