VIV FROM Manchester told me how Socialist Worker went down with the firefighters who took unofficial action against the government's 'modernisation' plans last week. 'We got a really good response from all the stations we visited. Over two days we went to some 20 stations and we sold copies of the paper at every one. We also sold 15 at the firefighters' mass meeting. They really liked the coverage of their dispute in the paper, but they weren't just interested in their own dispute. The troops out of Iraq petition went down well and the firefighters were really interested in Respect.'
Not all calm on the beaches
TORBAY, ON the 'English Riviera', might not seem an obvious place for a Socialist Worker sale. But no areas are closed to us! Richard from Exeter made a 40-mile round trip to Torbay for a meeting arranged by the trades council last week. He says, 'There were 33 people at the meeting and we sold eight papers! This is in a town where we have no regular sales. It shows the potential to sell the paper anywhere, any time.'
Make hay while the sun shines
HUW FROM Neath writes, 'I sold 15 copies of Socialist Worker at the Hay-on-Wye literature festival outside the marquee where John Pilger was giving a talk on the media and Iraq to 1,400 people. We sold out of papers within just a few minutes and we could have sold loads more!
John Pilger was given a standing ovation by the audience. The civil rights lawyer Helena Kennedy will speaking on New Labour, civil rights and Iraq at the Hay festival this Sunday and I would suggest that anyone visiting should sell outside. They will do well. In August I will be at the Sidmouth folk festival and this time I will take a bumper bundle of papers!'
They're rooting for us in Tooting
'OVER 300 people went to Tooting mosque in south London last Sunday night to hear George Galloway MP,' says Margot. 'We have been leafleting and selling Socialist Worker for several weeks and have built a good relationship with people. As a result 22 people wanted more information about Respect and 20 people bought Socialist Worker.'