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From: The Socialist issue 1088, 27 May 2020: Reckless, lying, cheats

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Coronavirus special finance appeal

We need readers' support to fight Tory failure and capitalist crisis

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Money plants cash trees finance funding, photo taxrebate.org.uk/CC   (Click to enlarge)

The success of the Socialist Party's special appeal has resulted in our Fighting Fund 25,000 national target for the present quarter being achieved halfway through the campaign period!

But we need to continue with the appeal and push the amount raised higher, as lockdown restrictions mean we can't yet return to raising money and selling the Socialist on public activities as we normally would.

We have nonetheless still printed campaign material - including the coronavirus Workers' Charter, a schools' advice leaflet for parents, teachers and support staff, posters demanding PPE, testing and full pay, and more besides. As well as keeping the Socialist newspaper and the Socialist Party functioning, producing these material resources clearly costs money.

Therefore, it's vitally important to continue with the special appeal during the July to September summer quarter. Consequently, the present Fighting Fund quarter has now been merged with the summer quarter to create a six-month April to September campaign with a target of 50,000.

Very welcome donations are continuing to be made to the Socialist Party's special coronavirus appeal.

Over the last fortnight our thanks go to: Maggie Fricker in Southampton, 400; and Dave Beale, Lancashire, 300.

Paul Couchman paid in 204, including a further 54 donated towards his marathon run (well over 1,000 in total). Paul also donated 150 to the coronavirus special appeal from savings on travel, coffee shops, etc, as a result of working from home for two months.

N Peckham donating 10 writes: "Socialist Party materials have helped me gain deeper understanding of the current situation. It's more important than ever that this analysis reaches the widest possible audience."

Other donations include: Bernard Davies, York 55; Harry Smith, Liverpool 50; Derek Foster, Watford 40; Ethan Grech, Cardiff 40; Nigel Gilbert, Kidderminster 40; Kieran and Hazel in Torbay 20.

Whether donations are small or large, every penny helps in getting out the party's message on how workers' interests can be defended in this unprecedented crisis.

Arguing for a socialist alternative is also a vital part of our paper and other material - an alternative which is attracting a growing number of people.

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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.

We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our Fighting Fund.

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