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25 March 2020

30 years since the huge anti-poll tax demo... And how mass non-payment of the tax was built

On 31 March 1990, a massive demonstration surged into central London. It was the culmination of months of organisation and defiance of the Tory government's hated poll tax by millions of overwhelmingly working-class people.

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19 February 2020

Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll tax

30 years ago the historic struggle against the hated poll tax was reaching its peak.

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2 May 2019

The significance of the anti-poll tax movement

Following an article in the Guardian by Matthew Taylor titled 'Extinction Rebellion protesters to stand in European elections', Coventry Socialist Party member Dave Nellist responded with a letter to the Guardian

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1 May 2019

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Notre Dame disaster and civil disobedience.

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17 April 2019

Cuts drive council tax debt

During the campaign against the Poll Tax, we used to say that the tax was unfair because a lord in his manor was expected to pay the same as a dustman down the road.

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12 October 2018

New anti-poll tax type revolt needed today

A letter sent to the Guardian by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.

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20 June 2018

1000 issues of the Socialist: A vital weapon standing in proud traditions

To mark the 1000th issue of the Socialist, which was launched in 1997, we interviewed Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary and former editor of Militant, the predecessor of the Socialist.

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18 October 2017

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

We are calling on all members and supporters of the Socialist Party to donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal. We have set an ambitious target to raise 30,000 at the Saturday night rally on 11 November because that is what we need to ensure that we can go into 2018 with our finances strengthened.

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5 July 2017

South London tower block residents plan safety campaign

Tower block residents from the Ashmole estate in south London joined Lambeth Socialist Party members to discuss building a safety campaign on 29 June

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26 April 2017

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

2nd May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election - the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power.

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15 March 2017

Socialist Party Congress 2017 reports

The Socialist Party's national congress 2017 took was attended by delegates and visitors from Socialist Party branches all over England and Wales, as well as international guests

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22 February 2017

Obituary: John Pickett - 1954-2017

John Pickett, Socialist Party comrade and postal worker, has died very suddenly at the age of 63. I first met John in the early 1980s, just after he returned to Portsmouth after being at college in Stoke.

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30 November 2016

Readmit expelled socialists: a proven record of fighting back

I've been asked why socialists like me should be readmitted to the Labour Party. This is not the time for compromise and 'partnership', but for bold, clearly defined socialist policies, carried out by determined representatives of our class.

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16 November 2016

Socialism 2016: Putting socialism on the agenda

Struggle, internationalism and socialism, these ideas - and how powerful they can be in action - electrified the magnificent rallies and workshops at Socialism 2016

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9 November 2016

Read the Socialist

Reading the Socialist can boost our confidence to fight back. Cover to cover, you can hear working class people in their own words. It's an antidote to the pro-austerity ideas festering in the mainstream media and among establishment politicians.

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Dave Nellist and Jeremy Corbyn at the Burston school rally, 4.9.16, photo by Teresa Mackay

Dave Nellist and Jeremy Corbyn

26 October 2016

Readmit expelled socialists

More than 60 socialists with over 800 years of Labour Party membership between them, have signed a letter calling for their re-admittance to the Labour Party

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12 October 2016

Momentum should show Blairites the door, not Socialist Party members!

The Socialist Party sold the Socialist and leafleted outside a Momentum (or Welsh Labour Grassroots as they're known in Wales) meeting in Swansea Council chambers on 8 October.

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29 August 2016

Discussing Trotskyism, Corbyn and socialist change

It was "standing room only" at a Coventry Socialist Party public meeting

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Militant supporters march against the poll tax, photo by Steve Gardner

17 August 2016

Lessons of Militant - vital for struggles today

Michael Crick's book 'Militant' was first published in 1984. Why has it now been re-issued 32 years later? For the very same reason that it was published in the first place: to provide ammunition for attacking the emerging left, writes Peter Taaffe.

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