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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 July 2015

Record attendance at Durham Miners' Gala

Durham Miners' Gala 2015, photo by Paul Mattsson

Durham Miners' Gala 2015, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Elaine Brunskill, Socialist Party Northern region

A record number of around 150,000 people attended this year's Durham Miners' gala.

Many we spoke to were shocked and dismayed that the Tories had managed to scrape into power. But it was also apparent that Osborne's budget has created seething anger in working-class communities.

Fightback

At our Socialist Party stalls we spoke to young people, workers, people on benefits, others who were retired and the mood to unite and fight back against austerity was tangible.

Our call to reject the Tory budget and to put pressure on the TUC to get off its knees and to call a 24 hour general strike definitely hit a chord.

One older worker I spoke to likened Cameron to Thatcher, saying, "He thinks he's invincible, but he's going too far and there'll be a backlash. Look what happened to Thatcher with the Poll Tax!"

A mother and daughter vented their anger at the terminology used by Osborne in his budget: "Nobody is fooled when he used the TUC's slogan 'Britain needs a pay rise', the only ones they look after are the rich."

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) had an excellent response. Also Jeremy Corbyn standing in the Labour leadership contest has led to a discussion about the idea of socialism and the need to fight austerity. Though, ironically, the Labour Party members I spoke to were not going to vote for him, one said "My heart says Corbyn, but my head says not!"

Interest

We sold in excess of 200 papers, raised around 300 fighting fund and sold 80 of literature. We also have a number of names to follow up who are interested in joining the Socialist Party.

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In The Socialist 15 July 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Living wage lie

Fightback essential following Osborne's hatchet budget

Labour's austerity 'me too-ism' continues

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

EU revenge against Greek workers

Greece: Tsipras crosses the Rubicon

The Marikana report - a whitewash

International news in brief


Socialist history

2005: Jean Charles de Menezes shooting


Workplace news and analysis

Labour council axes union facility time

Cardiff teachers strike against 'death wish' workload

Transport workers shut down tube and railway

Biggest union clings to Labour, but considers law-busting strikes

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party feature

Reverse social care sell-offs


Socialist Party review

Orphan Black - refreshing take on sci-fi story


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Angry coordinated protests and solidarity

Osborne attacks youth... we take to the streets!

Record attendance at Durham Miners' Gala

200 march against closure of Longton Cottage Hospital

Bromley Unite members stop council tax bailiffs

Road accident highlights need to save school crossings


 

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