A NUMBER of readers have been in touch to tell me how they have used the Stop Bush petition at work. Caroline, a teacher from Leytonstone, told me, 'The Stop Bush petition is going down very well-I should finish it soon so I can send it back to the Stop the War Coalition. I've got three extra regular paper buyers at work on the strength of the petition. Two other people are thinking about getting the paper each week. We will discuss walkouts at our first union meeting of term.'
A Socialist Worker reader who has just started working at a college in Manchester told me, 'I've been here for two weeks. I thought, 'Just be bold and get on with it.' 'So I took the Bush petition around. Everyone signed it and I sold three papers. People wanted to discuss what we do when Bush arrives in Britain.'
AS POSTAL workers across London walked out on strike, Socialist Worker readers were rushing down to the picket lines. According to Paul from central London, 22 postal workers bought the paper at the Mount Pleasant sorting office.
He says, 'We sold another three copies on the picket line-there were 50 people out there and the mood was very militant and determined.' Viren, a student from central London, told me, 'There was a 40-strong picket line outside Rathbone Place sorting office. We sold three copies of the paper on the picket line. We're looking forward to going back down as the dispute develops.'
SOCIALIST WORKER readers were hitting the estates last Sunday going door to door with the Stop Bush petition and copies of the paper. Ian from Lewisham says, 'We went down my street in Lewisham with the petition against Bush. The vast majority of people signed the petition. Nine people bought copies of the paper. Several people took posters to put up in their windows. In total 13 people said they would be interested in Stop the War Coalition activities. We are going to go back to see if people want to read it regularly.'
READERS FROM Bury, near Manchester, were also out on their estate. Rita says, 'We sold on an estate where one of our readers stood as a Socialist Alliance candidate in the elections. In an hour we worked our way through three streets. We were using the stop Bush petition. People were very happy to talk politics on a Sunday afternoon. Most people signed and three people bought copies of the paper. One woman said, 'Cheeky bugger after what he's done,' when she found out Bush was coming. We plan to go back regularly.'