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Hmm, pity the face had to feature as well as a perfectly adequate statement - not your face but any face.  The party logo would have been much more appropriate and helped to mark us off from all the other parties that relish mug shots and other gimmicks.  We won't be doing that in Kent.

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I've made my view about the face and the case many times before so i won't repeat it. But pleeeze...next time ...a colour photo ....and a big warm smile, not a grimace that passes for one.

I know you can look a very cheery fellow, ALB but as Gnome said, this resembles a mug-shot, a wanted dead or alive poster. It can be argued that photos can be welcoming...they can equally be off-putting. Let's look happy to be SPGB candidates.

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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I know Party opinion is divided on this but, as in previous elections, West London branch has not taken such a rigid attitude. We don't offer a photo or personal details of course, but if a paper asks for a photo we supply one, especially as a face (or, yes, an emblem if they'll accept it) draws attention to the text which otherwise might be lost amid statements from other candidates with a photo.

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Two election street stalls tomorrow (22 April) in Guildford and in Folkestone

https://www.meetup.com/The-Socialist-Party-of-Great-Britain/events/23885...

https://www.meetup.com/The-Socialist-Party-of-Great-Britain/events/23776...

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This is what happens if you don't send a photo. Mind you, in this case they didn't ask for one though they were sent our manifesto. Scroll down to Guildford West:

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-county-council-electi...

Here's a photo of the Labour's Party "radical", Corbynist manifesto (Guildford Labour Party supported his leadership bid). Actually that gives me an idea -- I'll have a photo taken of me holding our logo.

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Yes it is very unfortunate that all we get just an easy-to-miss oneliner. 

Also, wear a prominent SPGB badge like the Peace Party guy

Also if you don't offer a big friendly smile, hold the logo in front of your face cheeky

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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We were in the Guildford High Street opposite Tunsgate Arch again today. A "town ranger" asked if we had permission from the council to hold a stall. We said we didn't need one and anyway this was election activity. She took a photo of a proof of who we were (a Party membership card) and said she would check with her boss. Nothing happened so presumably her boss understood the position. We were accosted again by god-botherers who told us that only Jesus could bring about what we wanted. We replied that he couldn't even if he existed (which he doesn't) as only humans can improve the only life they have, this one on Earth. A busker having a rest read our leaflet and told us he agreed with it, saying he knew about getting rid of money from Zeitgeist. Somebody bought a Socialist Standard.

We will be back again on Mayday, Monday 1 May.

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News from Kent and Sussex

Held our first Folkestone election street stall yesterday.  Despite the town being very quiet (cold and wind keeping people away?) we had several useful conversations, gave out loads of leaflets and sold four Standards.

We received a friendly visit from the Labour Party, requesting we stand down our candidates in favour of those (Labour) who had signed the Momentum 'pledge'.  After an amicable meeting in which one of our candidates explained why we would not be standing down in favour of any other candidates, the Labour guy left on good terms even offered to exchange details of hustings events with us. 

Distribution of the main election leaflet started in both Folkestone (Kent) and Lewes (Sussex) on Thursday. Much of the 5,500 for Lewes are probably done by now. Folkestone will take the rest of next week to do 15,000.

We also have a poster, which we used on the stall display yesterday and will try to get some up in windows. I would post a it here if I knew how to do so.

 

 

Robert Cox

Member, Socialist Party of Great Britain (Kent & Sussex Branch)

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robert.cox wrote:

We also have a poster, which we used on the stall display yesterday and will try to get some up in windows.

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About 40 people at the anti-Brexit hustings last night in Guildford to which parties contesting the elections in the five Guildford town divisions were invited, i.e. Tories, LibDems, Labour, Greens, Peace Party and us. No UKIP representatives as they seem to have given up on Guildford, not having any candidates there.

In the absence of UKIP the pro-EU audience tried to make the Tory representative, Bob Hughes, the whipping boy but, unfortunately for them, this former MP and junior minister was very prominent in the Remain campaign. The Lib Dem and the Green were a mutual admiration society (they are a joint group on Surrey County Council), the Labour (and Cooperative) representative was an EU "immigrant". The Peace Party candidate was an old-fashioned pacifist who preached "be nice to everybody". He did, however, venture into economics by claiming that "Modern Monetary Theory" meant that austerity was unnecessary as the money could be made available if the government decided. A perfect opening to point out that austerity was not a free government decision but one forced on them by the requirement of capitalism, when in a slump, for pressure on profits to be relieved by cutting government spending and the taxes to pay for it. As most local council money comes from the central government, these cuts trickled down to local level, leaving councillors too no choice but to implement them at their level.

There were questions on the environment. Another opportunity to explain that under capitalism making profits has to take priority over everything else, including the environment, and to point out that a global problem like climate change required a global solution which capitalist states, with different energy sources affecting their competitiveness, were unable to agree on doing anything effective.

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