Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

Arguments for socialism :: Planning



triangleArguments for socialism




spotAround the UK

All keywords

All Arguments for socialism subcategories:

Analysis and editorials

* Arguments for socialism


Globalisation Anticapitalism



Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 1107, 28 October 2020: Donít let Tories starve our kids

Search site for keywords: Waltham Forest - Council - Socialist Party - Planning - Homes

Waltham Forest Save Our Square:

Mass outside meeting draws up battle plan

Save Our Square protesters in Walthamstow, photo Paul Mattsson

Save Our Square protesters in Walthamstow, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Linda Taaffe, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

A breath of fresh air. After being huddled over a computer in endless Zoom discussions for nine months, it was great to be outside again in the town square, doing what the Socialist Party has been doing for five years: campaigning to stop corporate greed disfiguring our town square with monster blocks of totally unaffordable flats.

In February 2018, one of our first mass activities was an occupation-demo in the square involving hundreds and hundreds of people. On 24 October, 100 people responded to the call from the Save Our Square campaign, alarmed at the council's new juggernaut plans, with a miniscule number of flats for council tenants.

Last year, Waltham Forest council partially stepped back and agreed to save the avenue of beautiful lime trees, due for demolition in the redevelopment.

Next year, the plans would have run out of time, and been wiped off the books. Victory was so close.

With the Covid crisis, these councillors - handmaidens of craven property developers - seem to think that the previous opposition will just die away, that they can bring back the old plans in a new form and get away with it this time. No Way!

The square meeting drew up a battle plan:

Above all, Nancy Taaffe, a Socialist Party member and chair of Save Our Square, made a call to campaigners and trade unionists to stand for council in the next elections. We, the campaigners, would make different decisions - stopping property giants and start building council homes at council rents.

Everyone cheered at the end of the meeting, pleased that we now have a growing body of people who've had enough and are willing to fight - whatever it takes.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £


Your message: 


Arguments for socialism keywords:

Banking crisis (15)

Banks (295)

Clause 4 (1)

Clause four (6)

Consciousness (11)

Democracy (190)

Minimum wage (316)

Nationalisation (209)

Northern Rock (34)

Party funding (1)

Photographs (4)

Planning (92)

Podcasts (5)

Socialism 2007 (17)

Socialism 2008 (13)

Solidarity Scotland (1)

Solidarity (400)

The Socialist (1221)

Them & Us (25)

Trade union organisation (7)

Vaccine (22)

What we saw (38)

Workers (2079)

Workers press (1)

Working class (863)

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Article dated 28 October 2020

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party


Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales


Bulk book orders

New member submission


triangle6 Dec Leeds TUSC: A 'People's Budget' is needed for Leeds

triangle6 Dec Birmingham Socialist Party: How can we fight to end violence against women and sexism?

triangle8 Dec Hackney TUSC: Hackney needs jobs, homes and services


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1158 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files

Socialism 2021 rally, Saturday 20th November 2021: Our future at stake - What now for the struggle for socialism?

More videos ...

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version