Selling ‘The Socialist’

by Chris Corney

Walthamstow, East London — we haven’t vanished.

Waltham Forest Socialist Party was back at its usual Saturday spot outside Sainsbury’s on the High Street. We wanted to reassure our regulars that we hadn’t vanished!

Socialist Party members Nancy Taaffe and Paula Mitchell explained over the mic that we had been away at the Gaza demonstrations most Saturdays for the past couple of months. But we are still fighting to build a party to represent the working class in Walthamstow.

Building on the theme on the cover of the Socialist newspaper we were selling, we talked to market shoppers about how tight their money is compared to bosses of the corporations, who have already made more money this year than most people will in a lifetime.

It seemed to strike a chord with passersby — 37 of them bought the Socialist paper in a busy hour. And we had lots of engaging conversations, with familiar faces and new ones.

The only real hostility came from a woman who mistook us for the Labour Party! We are building recognition for when we stand in the general election in Walthamstow later this year.