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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 January 2022

Selling the Socialist

Just some of the events where the Socialist newspaper was sold in the past week...

Cardiff - Overwhelming backing for energy nationalisation

On our Socialist Party campaign stalls about rising gas and electricity prices, we have spoken to lots of people concerned and angry about the situation. On the most recent one, on 21 January, outside my local shops, people often mentioned that they already have to ration their heating in order to pay for food and rent.

They are worried what will happen when the price cap is lifted, and their bills go up even further. One homeless man explained he had been evicted due to falling behind on his rent, because he was paying high energy bills to keep a cold and damp property warm.

Everyone who stopped, both young and old, supported our call to nationalise the energy companies. Older people realised that it had been a mistake to privatise these industries, and that ordinary people are contributing to the wealth of the rich, on top of paying for energy.

One young woman brought up nationalisation before we could even mention it. Conversations quickly moved on to what else we should nationalise, and how appallingly out of touch both the government and the opposition are.

17 people bought a copy of the Socialist, and several people wanted to find out more about the Socialist Party, as they realised that capitalism cannot provide for our most basic needs.

Catherine Peace

Southampton - Anger at Johnson and alertness to NHS privatisation are growing

Southampton, photo Josh Asker

Southampton, photo Josh Asker   (Click to enlarge)

Everyone we spoke to at our Socialist Party campaign stall on 19 January signed our petition about NHS pay. Many were concerned about underfunding of the health service. There was a marked upturn in the number of people wanting to stop and talk to us.

There is much more awareness of the threat of privatisation hanging over the NHS. Fair pay for NHS staff is also an issue of concern. "We all need a pay rise", one person reflected over the impending cost of living crisis.

There was unanimity regarding Boris Johnson - time for him to go! When the health service was barely coping, and ordinary people were suffering through lockdown, parties were going on in Downing Street. Johnson is seen as deceitful and a total hypocrite.

Several people lamented that the Labour Party would do no better in protecting the NHS than the Tories. They were interested to hear what we said about the socialist policies needed for the NHS - full funding, fair pay and to keep the health service in public ownership.

Many have no faith in the two main parties. People we met, particularly ex-Labour Party members, were at a loss, and felt there was no party that they could support. They showed definite interest in the idea of a new mass workers' party.

Of the people we met, a good number were keen to find out more, and were pleased to buy a copy of the Socialist newspaper. We pointed out some of the articles they might find interesting.

One person said: "I will read this, you don't get anything like this in my paper". We raised £52, including selling 14 copies of the Socialist.

Jane Ward

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In The Socialist 26 January 2022:

What we think

We need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour


Lords reject parts of anti-protest bill

News in brief

Social care providers put profit before residents' needs - nationalise care now

Cost of living

Cost of living crisis

Trade unions and the cuts

Trade unions and the fight against council cuts

Workplace news

Barts NHS workers strike back

Sheffield Just Eat strikers step up action and hold mass rally

Oaks Park School: valiant strike exposed state of schools

Education: Workload and inflation goes up, incomes fall

DWP reps demand action from PCS leadership

10,000 tube workers vote to strike - don't make workers pay for TfL funding crisis

Strike action by Carmarthenshire winter gritters wins concessions from council

Universities: Strike action at 68 in two disputes

Worksop Wincanton logistics workers begin ninth week of strike action

International news

Trade unionists in the USA fighting back

Campaigns news

Hundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Wakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

Eviction resistance on the march in Waltham Forest

This is students' chance to fight back - help build 2 March NUS walkout

Selling the Socialist


Britain's waterways choked with a 'chemical cocktail'

Readers' opinion

War in Yemen, made in Harlow, profit for rich

Somers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

UK Covid-19 mortality similar to Spanish Flu

It's my party, and I'll lie if I want to


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