Joe

I joined ‘MILITANT’ (forerunner of Socialist Party) in 1974 at time of acute crisis and big Trade Union Industrial battles during the 70’s. There was short time working (An enforced 3 day week). Rocketing Oil prices. Increasing unemployment. Sound familiar!!

In those days political allegiances to Labour were strong. To declare yourself a Tory could result in a “Baptism” with your head flushed down the toilet at School especially in what was then a mining area like Cannock. With the enforced 3 day week with power cuts and increased cost of petrol my Family moved back to Birmingham.

In February 1974 Ted Heath called a General election on the campaign slogan of “Who runs the country – the government or the trade unions?” I joined the Labour Party and the Labour Party Young Socialists and with a bit of help from myself Ted Heath and Tories lost the election.

During the election I met members of Militant and later joined. I was impressed how they conducted themselves and patiently explained the programme and ideas. There were no “short cuts” or light minded slogans . The Liverpool City Councils refusal to carry out cuts in the early 80’s and the Anti Poll Tax Campaign proved not just in words but deeds how Militant’s ideas and tactics could win.

The election of MP’s in Liverpool and those such as Dave Nellist in Coventry living on the Wage of the workers they represent were an inspiration. Our current MP’s and Euro MP in Dublin also live on a workers wage. They did not get elected by lying but on the basis of the struggles they have led to defend working class people.

Young people are not seen as political. It is true they are not “Party” Political because now all the parties are the same.

Young people and the “not so young” are becoming more political and joining the Socialist Party.

At meetings you won’t be lectured at. We are well versed in the art of listening not just talking If you just want to find out more just ring or email us.

The only way for yourself and future generations not to be constantly struggling is to achieve Socialism (A Society where working class people own and control the wealth we create). I recommend that you join the Socialist Party.

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