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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 December 2014

Help us fund historic election challenge

TUSC supporters in Rochester, photo SP North Kent

TUSC supporters in Rochester, photo SP North Kent   (Click to enlarge)

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

The Socialist Party is launching an appeal for 50,000 to help fund our candidates in the 2015 elections. We are standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC - see www.tusc.org.uk) - working towards over 1,000 council candidates and 106 parliamentary candidates.

We aim with this historic challenge to help prepare the basis for a new mass workers' party. TUSC will provide the only alternative in May, based on implacable opposition to austerity and the self-serving capitalist politicians who promote it.

A vote for any of the main parties, including Ukip, means ramping up the misery the Con-Dem government has inflicted on us. Meanwhile MPs vote themselves a 15% raise - boosting their pay to 74,000 a year when workers' wages are being cut and our living standards are falling.

Even the other participants think their parties are running a no-choice election. One Labour front bencher, quoted in the New Statesman, said: "It's a battle between a shit Labour Party and a shit Conservative Party. The winner will be the one that's a little bit less shit."

But members of the Socialist Party are going into the elections with a different message. We can transform politics - ordinary workers, community campaigners and students can stand up and say: "enough is enough!"

Material

45% of funds raised will be retained in areas where we stand, to help cover local campaign material. For example, it costs up to 1,500 for an election address to be delivered to every household in a constituency. We will also need nationally produced posters, leaflets and other material - for both the parliamentary and council elections.

Therefore we are asking every member and supporter to pledge a donation, redeemable by 30 April 2015. In previous campaigns, Socialist Party members have donated the equivalent of a week's income, paid over three or four months. It is that spirit of sacrifice we appeal to now.

We recognise this will be a struggle for some. But the Socialist Party has no rich backers; we can only rely on our members and supporters for finance. Your donations - whether ten pounds from a school student, or several hundred from someone in work - all make a vital contribution.

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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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In The Socialist 3 December 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

The bitter pill of cuts

Osborne's solution deficit

NHS: the money's running out

Tower Hamlets: Government attacks local democracy

Terrorism Bill: May continues job started by Blair

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

World health crises show: Capitalism kills!


Socialist Party workplace news

Care UK: Inspirational struggle for all trade unionists

Hull city council: a tale of two surveys

College UCU strikes against imposed new contracts

Lambeth College strike dates named

Northern line RMT stoppage over sacking

Trelleborg engineering pay victory

Reports from the NSSN bulletin


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Angry New Era tenants take protest to Cameron

Sixth form students grill Grayling

Stop academies in Lewisham

Crown drops charges against protest pensioners

No justice, no peace: protest stops London streets

Neighbours defend disabled man from eviction


Socialist Party appeal

Help us fund historic election challenge

More socialists needed!


Reader's comment

Zero-hour contracts: Demeaning rules and poverty pay


 

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