Socialist Worker

Compulsory reading for college students

by MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department
Issue No. 1887

THERE COULD hardly be a better time for Socialist Worker to be available in universities, and soon many more students will see the paper. Over 40 WH Smith's and Menzies campus shops in England and Wales will be stocking the paper from next week, plus almost all Scottish universities.

If you are a student, check whether your college shop is stocking the paper. If it isn't then encourage it to do so. It can contact us to get copies.

Special issue proves a hit with readers

SOCIALIST WORKER rushed out a special four-page supplement on Thursday last week to reflect the anger over the Hutton whitewash. Grace says, 'We went to the BBC TV centre at White City to support the 1,000 BBC workers who walked out in protest over Greg Dyke's resignation.

'There was real anger over Hutton's whitewash. People were angry about lies and spin from the government to cover up the real reasons for the war. Our leaflet went down really well and 12 people bought the paper. The next morning, with the special issue reporting on the walkouts, a further 23 people bought the paper.'

Moira, a teacher from south east London, says, 'Regular readers at my school were keen to read what Socialist Worker had to say. People were shocked to discover Hutton's early role in the Widgery report, and saw this as proof that the inquiry could never deliver the truth. 'I usually sell around seven papers each week. Last week I sold 13 because the information in the special couldn't be found elsewhere.'

Elane from Newham writes, 'I sold 26 papers last week around the council offices. People were thrilled about the BBC walkouts. One African worker compared Blair to Zaire's former dictator Mobutu, saying that people like this just behave how they like and pay off the judges.'

Contact circulation if you missed the special four-pager and would like a copy.

Consistency gets results in the post

SALES ARE important to build networks of activists. But they have to be continued even when the struggle moves on to new centres of resistance. Sellers at Nine Elms postal depot in south London have been selling there since the unofficial walkouts last year. Last week they sold seven papers and have achieved a consistent sale which is now done twice a week.

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Sat 7 Feb 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1887
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