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Summer of Heroes Appeal: It’s holiday time – but we won’t let up

Morning Star campaigns co-ordinator DAVID PEEL explains why your paper is the one with a difference

It’s August and the Summer of Heroes appeal rolls on relentlessly. No holiday can get in the way of this great newspaper’s urgent need for funds to develop and grow. 

And you can be sure of this too. David Cameron and his Cabinet may be getting away for their holidays, but they won’t be taking a break from imposing the worst austerity on this nation since the war.

As the ruling class never sleeps in its relentless attack on our welfare state and public services, so we must never cease to resist and show that there is an alternative. We cannot afford to be caught napping. There is no truce when it comes to the Con-Dems.

The Morning Star will not be shutting down for the summer. Day in and day out — as ever — we will bring you news the rest of the media won’t print. 

News of announcements the government is making while they think you are looking the other way, busy on your own breaks from the daily struggle to earn a crust and feed your children.

We will be watching them. 

There are features like today’s — a special souvenir edition on World War I. 

This is an anniversary of slaughter on an industrial scale, never before experienced in human history. 

Cameron wanted to turn it into some sort of Con-Dem jingofest, to help bounce him back into No 10 next spring.

We will bring you the truth of that war, which may be long gone but is not forgotten. 

Uniquely, we are working with left newspapers in Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg to bring you perspectives on all aspects of this ghastly war from writers, specialists and academics from each of these countries. 

There will be features on Hiroshima to mark Hiroshima Day, lest we forget that the threat of nuclear annihilation is always with us. 

With conflicts raging in the Ukraine, the genocide in Gaza and tensions elsewhere, we cannot forget that trigger-happy governments in nuclear powers like Israel and the US have weapons of mass destruction and are ready to use them.

We will be marking the massacre at Peterloo in 1819, to remind us of our history, just in case we think that our own government would not be prepared to use lethal force should it ever be challenged on the streets of Britain. 

A long, hot summer is approaching. In our hard-pressed poverty-hit communities where racism and unemployment are rife, our people are losing patience with a system which is failing them in every part of their lives.

Should our communities explode, it might not be cavalry and sabres, but it could well be water cannon and plastic bullets, Tasers and horses, dogs and batons.

And then as we tip into September, with the TUC and Labour conferences looming, the last before the most important general election in a generation, we mark the centenery celebrations of the longest-running strike in British history — Burston. 

Why? Teachers everywhere will tell you of a profession being vilified and undermined. 

Children will talk to you of exam fatigue and stress. Now they are fighting back, with strikes and actions, just as the Higdons did in Burston. 

You won’t find any of these issues covered in the same way anywhere else.

The Summer of Heroes appeal is there to build this great newspaper and give it the resources it needs to be more than a thorn in the side of the capitalists. 

We must become the educator, agitator and organiser of a great movement of hope and change, which can help overthrow this austerity government and build a better Britain for our people. 

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