Furious in Brum
THE MOOD in the West Midlands round Saturday's march is electric. One sign of people's determination to fight for jobs is that on Saturday we sold 1,008 copies of Socialist Worker on the streets of Birmingham (plus another 679 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). 255 papers were sold on workplace sales, and in the last week 52 people have joined the SWP! Dudley sellers sold out of 100 papers. 111 were sold in Wolverhampton, along with 108 in Coventry and 53 in Halesowen.
Workplace sales included 54 at Longbridge, 50 at Land Rover, 19 at Coventry Town Hall, 12 at Ford in Leamington Spa, 9 at Goodyear in Wolverhampton and 10 at Wolverhampton Town Hall. Across the country we are finding a fantastic feeling that now is the time for a fight in the labour movement connected to rising discontent with New Labour. So 17 papers were sold at Pfizer Chemicals in Sandwich, 29 at Ford Dagenham, 24 at the tax office in Bradford, 35 at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, 28 at Riverside House council office in Greenwich, 8 at Ford Bridgend, 9 on a new sale at BICC Cables in Erith, and 7 on a similar new sale at Tempered Springs in Sheffield.
In Bristol 17 papers were sold at both the central telephone exchange and Bendix plus 14 at Barton House TV licence centre. On the streets on Saturday 282 papers were sold in Manchester's Market Street, 205 in Sheffield, 170 at the Monument in Newcastle, 130 in Glasgow's Argyle Street, 80 in Oxford, 71 in Barnsley, 40 in Northampton, and two new sales saw 20 sold in Stoke and 24 defending asylum seekers in Hastings.
In addition to the recruits in Birmingham this week 2 people joined the SWP in Edinburgh, Keele University, Sunderland University and Glasgow; 1 in Bristol, Bromley, Hastings, Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Sheffield. Across the country we have met many working class people who have bought the paper for the first time. We need to ensure they become regular readers by delivering them their copy of Socialist Worker every week.