Fighting fund: Upsurge
Robbie Rix feels that the interest in the CPGB's coverage of the crisis in the SWP proves that the Weekly Worker is serving its purpose
Can you help, comrade?
may not be surprised to learn that our online readership has shot up
over the last couple of weeks. In the seven days since the last issue
came out, no fewer than 31,851 people read us on the web. That
represents a threefold increase compared to the average readership
over recent months. In fact last Thursday alone (the day Weekly
Worker No944 hit the internet) we had 8,489 readers - a similar
figure to what we have sometimes notched up in a week in the past.
reason for this upsurge is no secret. It is entirely due to our
coverage of the crisis engulfing the Socialist Workers Party. This
fact alone gives the lie to those who say that the role of any
socialist or communist paper must be to ‘appeal to workers’ -
they mean the mass of ordinary workers, rather than the
class-conscious, politically aware minority. In reality there
is a role for publications of both types, depending on given
paper is unashamedly aimed at left political activists, not workers
in their millions or even union militants. It is to this minority
that we look at present to fight for the Marxist party that would
be able to appeal to the millions. And our readership figures prove
that our target audience is real enough. The way the left organises
is important to them.
is why I am so confident that my appeal in this column, week in, week
out, will not fall on deaf ears. Comrades know that the fight
for party is a vital one and that this fight must be paid for
(especially as we have temporarily increased the number of pages). We
need at least £1,500 every month and in January we have raised £772
so far. Last week saw £115 come in via standing orders and £90 in
cheques (thank you, HJ, LY and FP).
more than half the month has gone and we need to step up the pace. Do
you count yourself among the partyists?