Socialist Worker

Bush fails to take root in Britain

by MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department
Issue No. 1879

SOCIALIST WORKER went down a storm on the demonstration against the Bush visit. Over 5,000 protesters bought copies at the main demonstration on Thursday of last week.

Some 335 people bought copies at the Stop the War Coalition rally with Ron Kovic in London on the Tuesday. And around the 'Alternative State Procession' through London on the Wednesday 445 people bought the paper. Hundreds more were bought on local protests around Britain and on coaches coming down to London.

Not grim up north as Bush drops in

WE RUSHED out a special four-page demonstration report last week covering the protests against Bush. By Friday it was being sold across the country. According to one of our readers in the north east, 'When Bush came to visit Blair's Sedgefield constituency, around 1,000 people demonstrated. We sold the paper together with the demonstration report. Around 200 people bought copies.'

Job centre workers civil but not meek

FOLLOWING THEIR ballot result, which overwhelmingly rejected their latest pay offer, there is an angry mood among civil servants in job centres. Carol from Hackney told me, 'We have been selling at a job centre for a number of weeks. We usually sell up to five papers. One of the leading union activists has bought the paper regularly. This week she told us that she wants to sell the paper to other civil servants inside the office.'

Helen from Peckham says, 'We were keen to get down to the job centre in our area when we heard about the ballot result. We gave out a leaflet arguing for action over pay and sold Socialist Worker. Five of the civil servants from the office bought the paper. They were keen to discuss their dispute and the possibility of strike action.'

Art of protest is thriving

THOUSANDS OF students attended protests against Bush. Archie, an art student from south London, told me about his experience selling Socialist Worker and the demonstration special:

'We went to the halls, which accommodate art students from Wimbledon, Camberwell and other colleges in London. We went door to door and we got a great reception. People on every floor wanted to get copies of the paper. We sold Socialist Worker and the demonstration report to 16 people. Nine more people bought just the demonstration report. One of the students we visited said, 'Yes I need that!' when he saw the demonstration report. It turned out he was doing a video project on the movement against the war. Now he plans to interview me as part of the project! Lots of students from the different colleges had been on the Bush protests, or knew friends who had been.'

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Sat 29 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1879
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