An excellent 450 students registered for last weekend's Students Fighting For Socialism, with 43 people joining the SWP. Two things were clear from the weekend. Firstly there is a real possibility of a major fight in the colleges over the question of fees. Across the country we should be building the national demonstration called by NUS on 25 November, building support for non-payment of fees and arguing for occupations. But on a wider level there is a widespread rage against capitalism. If Socialist Worker Student Societies are at the centre of the agitation over fees and address the wider anti-capitalist mood, we can build in any and every college.
Socialist Worker sellers in York decided to make an extra push on their Saturday sale around the issue of pensions. As a result an excellent 79 papers were sold. Elsewhere on Saturday 121 papers were sold on Glasgow's Argyle Street, 112 in Leeds, 92 in East Street market in Southwark, 52 in Stockport, 48 in Dudley and 41 at the Blue in Bermondsey. In Paisley sellers responded to a racist attack on the Glenburn estate by selling 12 papers door to door.
Workplace sales included 13 to electricians on the Marks & Spencer site in Manchester, 14 at the central telephone exchange in Bristol, 11 at Chivas Regal in Paisley, 10 at Glacier Metals in Glasgow. In Leeds Kirkstall Road branch of the SWP organised a meeting on the coup in Pakistan which drew 25 people.
In addition to those who joined at Students Fighting For Socialism, in the last week 3 people joined the SWP in Leeds; 2 in Coventry and at Goldsmiths' College, and 1 in Bath, Liverpool, Guildhall University, Hackney College, Greenwich University, Camberwell, Euston and on the protest against the Chinese premier at the Chinese embassy.