READERS IN Ealing, West London, were ready for Thursday's council workers' and postal workers' strikes.
Grace has been selling Socialist Workers', outside the Greenford sorting office. She told me, 'I do the sale with a new reader of the paper. Last Friday ten post workers stopped and bought the paper. Three people who we had met when we went to their picket line during their last strike recognised us and came over to chat.
'We also sell at Ealing council. This week 13 council workers bought the paper on the way into work. Lots more took our leaflet about the strikes. Our readers in the council have helped to arrange a meeting to organise against the Bush visit.'
HAZEL HAS been coordinating sales of Socialist Worker at Sheffield University. She says, 'The atmosphere around the weekly stalls we run at the university has been charged with energy.
'Last Wednesday 35 students bought papers at lunchtime at a students' stall. People had seen the posters about the Bush visit saying 'A Killer is Coming to Town' plastered around the campus. People took posters to put up in their halls of residence.'
Robin organises sales at Manchester University. He adds, 'We decided to set ourselves a target of selling 70 copies of the paper each week on campus. We take it to around 35 members of Socialist Worker Student Society, plus 15 other activists weekly, as well as running stalls on campus. 'We are trying to encourage students who get the paper to write in with reports and stories.'
Politics on tap
STEVE, A plumber from Whitstable, Kent, is showing that you can sell the paper anywhere. 'I always carry a few copies of Socialist Worker with me,' he says, 'When it seems appropriate I get them out and offer my customers a copy. I usually sell two or three a week when I'm working. I've seen many facets of life in my job, how landlords treat tenants and so on. I've also tried to support refugees. I know the real trauma they face, so I get angry at the right-wing press and how it portrays them.'