When I used to sell The Scorcher in Cardiff on The Hayes the SWPers would be opposite trying to flog Socialist Worker AfteR an hour or so the fulltimer would turn up, take the money and after a decent interval stick the unsold papers in a wheelie bin. No doubt he would make up the financial shortfall himself and bask in the ’37 papers sold in Cardiff’ account in the next SW. My mate was so desperate for money one saturday he got the papers out thhe wheelie bib and sold them himself to get the money.
There was usually a petition to sign as well……..something innocuous about racism or world peace…….and if you refused to sign there might be a daring follow up……’so you’re not against racism then’………..once uttered with disastrous consequences to my comrade Doc Whelan.
Paper selling is now consigned with democratic centralism to the wheelie bin of history. It gave the party members something to do but it never changed anyone’s mind but they kept on at it. If you are especially cruel you can stiill subscirbe to News Line and have some WRPer pop it through your letter box three times a week. Oh how the heart must quicken at a new subscriber in Penge.