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From: The Socialist issue 1122, 26 February 2021: Where's the road map to jobs and wages Boris?

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Getting the Socialist out in lockdown

Selling the Socialist

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Mick Griffiths, Wakefield Socialist Party

Our branch has around 20 - 30 regular paper sales in normal times. Five of the regulars are within walking distance for me, and have their papers hand delivered each week. A core of regulars are contacted and arrangements made to meet up to deliver papers.

Most days, between four and six days a week (except when I have to isolate), I have to visit the town centre.

On all occasions I have a bag of papers. Wherever I go, when opportunities arise, I attempt to engage in political discussions and offer the paper to taxi drivers, shop assistants and so on.

At the end of the week when the new paper is due, I drop off copies of the previous paper at various locations such as on buses, trains and in cafes.

This can lead to new sales. In the past I had people coming to our campaign stall and asking to buy the paper after having picked one up that I had left on a bus.

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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.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.

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