Socialist Youth

Why I joined the Socialist Party

For someone who did not grow up with Marx in the household, the road to joining a socialist party is not straight and easy like a motorway. Instead it is a meandering and confusing country path, involving many twists and turns.

Why I Joined the Socialist Party

Why I Joined the Socialist Party

From a young age, I was brought up with the sense of an ‘other’. Protestants were different, and that’s why we avoided their areas, why we went to different schools and why there was conflict. I accepted this as ‘just the way it is’. However, as I grew up, I made friends from the Protestant community and what I found was a collective viewpoint that the division between Catholics and Protestants is totally futile.

Why I Joined the Socialist Party

Why I Joined the Socialist Party

The party isn’t backed by big business, it’s not made up of establishment politicians  who represent the interests of the richest 1%. It’s there to represent the people and help create a mass movement to end the tyranny of capitalism, allowing us to create a fair and equal society where everyone has the right to the best possible medical care, where everyone has equal opportunity to be educated without the worry of a massive debt over their heads.

Fight for free, public education!

Fight for free, public education!

Jeremy Corbyn’s call to scrap tuition fees and to introduce maintenance allowances is a welcome development in the fight for free education. Although there is a way to go before these reforms are won, the Labour Party’s proposal to invest an extra £25 billion into education in England offered a clear alternative to the long-term programme of cuts and corporatisation.

Fight for £10 minimum wage NOW!

Fight for £10 minimum wage NOW!

The surge in price rises continues unabated. Official figures released in May put inflation at a rate of 2.9%, with most economists predicting further price rises this year.