THE TWO parliamentary by-elections highlight the continuing centrality of Respect’s challenge to New Labour.
Ian reports from the Birmingham Hodge Hill campaign, “We make sure Socialist Worker is on sale at every Respect meeting. It is welcomed at those gatherings.
“Obviously there is a lot of interest in articles like the one by John Rees last week on the future of Respect. But it’s not just those specific articles that have made the paper popular.
“There are many leading Respect activists who are regular buyers. ‘Where’s my weekly fix?’ said one last week when I was slow to get the paper to her.
“There simply aren’t any barriers to selling Socialist Worker. It has supported Respect all the way and it continues to be the paper for every Respect activist.
“It will be essential during these by-election campaigns.”
Climbing higher at Mount Pleasant
WORKPLACE sales continue to produce important results. A central London seller told us, “On Thursday of last week 11 postal workers bought the paper at the Mount Pleasant office.
“One of the regular buyers, who is active in Respect, stopped for a chat.
“Two of his mates stopped to make fun of him.
“But then he showed them the article on the CWU and FBU union conferences.
“This started a discussion on the Labour Party, the war and other issues.
“At the end the two others also bought the paper.
“The Respect activist is planning to come to Marxism and seven other people left their details to be contacted about the event as well.”
Good results at Bradford’s Mela
SUZIE FROM Bradford says, “Last Sunday we sold 32 papers at the local Mela. There was an enthusiastic support from young Asian and black people as we went round the community stalls and youth groups. A few days earlier we had sold 23 papers in the city centre and been given eight names for Marxism 2004. Most of those buying were workers on their lunch breaks. One woman said a group from her community college was hoping to come to the event.”