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The Socialist 19 March 2014

Smash the pay freeze

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Obituary: Stan Pearce, a Militant miner

I heard the sad news that Stan Pearce has died. In a week that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the strike, Stan's passing ranks with that of Bob Crow and Tony Benn for a whole generation of Marxist miners associated with Militant, forerunner of the Socialist and the real Miners' Broad Left.

It was my privilege to work with someone who I looked up to as having the virtues of an irreconcilable militant miner.

He was 20 years my senior but treated me the same as he would any other miner in the heat of battle.

Sure of his ideas, consistent with his support and attendance at meetings, determining the positions in a complex and difficult battle that he never doubted needed to be fought.

No regrets for Stan, no doubts about the need to fight for the jobs for future generations. No navel gazing either, he could only see the justice of the miners' cause. The movement is smaller without Stan Pearce.

Good bye comrade.

Ian Isaac, former St John's NUM, S Wales Area

In this issue

Socialist Party news and analysis

Smash the pay freeze

Tony Benn: steadfast in speaking out for socialism

After Bob Crow and Tony Benn: We fight on!

No to bosses' EU - For a socialist Europe

Unite to end racism and cuts

Osborne's more cuts budget

Oxfam report: A tale of capitalist inequality

Them & Us

International socialist news and analysis

Crimea referendum will not deliver peace and stability

South Africa: WASP registers for the 2014 elections

Activists in the US demand $15 Now!

Socialist Party workplace news

Defend education: Solidarity with teachers' strike

Doncaster care workers determined to win

Ealing hospital workers fight miserly Medirest

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight for real jobs for young people

Election Appeal: Put your money where the struggle is!

Get your May Day Greetings in

Pensioner jailed for non-payment

TUSC campaigning in Derby

Obituary: Stan Pearce, a Militant miner

Readers' comments and reviews

Review: Call the Midwife

Genetic Modification: A contribution to the debate


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