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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 May 2019
Anger and frustration at the establishment
Socialist Party NHS campaign stall in Newton Abbot 18 May, photo Sean Brogan (Click to enlarge)
The mood on the streets was reflected on our Socialist Party 'Defend the National Health Service' stall in Newton Abbot, Devon, on 18 May. Anger was expressed not only at the privatisation and running down of the NHS but also at the way the country is being run or, more accurately, not run!
Those who signed our petition expressed anger and frustration at events, in a confused way, as the unravelling of the political parties continues.
But support for our socialist ideas and campaign was there. We sold 15 papers and £15 was also collected in Fighting Fund.
I was surprised to see that the only other political stall was a Brexit one - no Labour/Tories/Green stalls and more so, no Lib Dems, who have just ousted the Tories in the local council elections.
The Brexit stall was manned by ex-Ukipers handing out Farage leaflets. They made the mistake of trying to talk to us - a one-sided contest!
Sean Brogan, Torbay and South Devon Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 22 May 2019:
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Birmingham home carers victory
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Fantastic RMT London Underground victory
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Morrisons workers reject pay offer
Unite young members' conference
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
4 June - Walk out against Trump! Climate criminal not welcome
Domestic abuse accommodation: Tories shift - but safety is more than a bed
Haringey: Socialists' stance fully vindicated
Anger and frustration at the establishment
Lifting the mood
Socialist sales boost
Pouring cold water on the Riverside estate
Worcester Tories stonewall action on climate change
Day of action against cuts to special needs education
Opinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers
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