Not so silly
Despite the summer silly season Socialist Worker sellers have been out campaigning and registering successes. On Saturday's demonstration in Hull against attacks on refugees over 50 copies of Socialist Worker were sold and 11 people joined the Socialist Workers Party.
On the 100-strong protest against New Labour's voucher system outside Sainsbury's in Glasgow 107 copies of Socialist Worker were sold and 2 people joined the SWP.
In Dudley sellers sold out of the 93 papers they had as they campaigned in support of striking local hospital workers, collecting �30. Elsewhere sellers have been building for the 26 September protest in Prague outside the IMF/World Bank summit.
In Birmingham city centre 158 papers were sold and �102 collected towards the transport costs to Prague. In Newcastle 128 papers were sold with �35 collected while in Leeds 124 papers were sold, �71 collected and 15 people expressed interest in going to Prague.
Elsewhere 121 papers were sold in Manchester's Market Street, 76 in Liverpool, 53 in Salford, 35 in Kilburn with �25 collected, and 30 in Romford with 2 people interested in going to Prague.
In the wake of the strike at Peugeot in Coventry 30 papers were sold at the plant last week, while 28 papers were sold to a mass meeting of striking Arriva bus workers in Middlesbrough.
Other workplace sales included 15 at the social services HQ in Sheffield, 7 at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds, and 6 at both Westbourne Park bus garage in west London and the social services office in Leith. 14 papers were sold door to door on the Burmantof estate in Leeds campaigning against local school closures.
In addition to those who joined the SWP in Hull and Glasgow, 2 people joined in Leeds, and 1 in Romford, Norwich, Coventry, Nottingham and Hounslow.