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Socialist Action!

January 12, 2017


Shaking off the New Year lethargy, I’ve started to scan Socialist Action tabloid. Starting with issue 1, 18th March 1983, Socialist Action ran for 180 issues. Weekly at first it later became fortnightly and ended its run in may 1988 as a monthly.

sclv-jcThe paper was strongly focussed on activity in the Labour Party and featured regular contributions from key figures on the Labour left. This piece by one Jeremy Corbyn is from Socialist Action no1. I wonder what became of him?

I am told the paper is fondly remembered for its garish cover colour schemes and logo based on the Polish Solidarnosc one, both of which divided opinion like Marmite.

The first ten issues of Socialist Action can be found here:

Socialist Action newspaper archive


4 Comments leave one →
  1. donald6 permalink
    January 12, 2017 9:53 am

    Still the same old vote Labour illusions. Jeremiah may be a raving loonie leftie in the SE of Engerland and Sloan Square. Here in Scotland he is still a moderate and just another Brit Nat leftie, who hasn’t a clue about Scotland. His one remaining Scottish Labour MP is to the right of the Tories and votes with them. Their branch office in Scotland is down to 15% in the Polls, behind the Tories, who are now the official opposition in the Devolved Scottish Parliament. The SNP are the third largest Party in the English Imperial Parliament and Jeremiah is afraid to crack the whip with his own abstainers and Tory votes in the interests of “unity” in the GB Lumpen Party. I may not live to see a Scottish Workers Republic, but Scottish Independence is surely better than this. Roll on the next Independence Referendum.

  2. Mike Calvert permalink
    January 19, 2017 12:17 pm

    Wow Rob, close to the miners strike now
    Do you have a copy of the IVP special with all their major pieces on the miners strike I remember?


    • January 19, 2017 1:06 pm

      No Mike. I had a look previously and could not find any such IVP issue.

      • January 19, 2017 1:16 pm

        Actually, Mike, I just found an email I sent you a year ago:

        “I could not locate a special edition of IV as such- I do have a complete run (and duplicates!) and i asked a few people who could not recollect it either.

        However, issue 72 25th March 1985 contains a balance sheet of the strike- article by Steve Roberts and a couple of shorter pieces on the strike. Could that be it?”


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