24 | 08 | 2019
  • Statement from London District Committee Communist Party of Britain

    London District Communist Party has called for former Labour MPs who have resigned to join the so called Independent Group to resign their seats and stand in a by-election. Noting that three of the MPs Joan Ryan, Chuka Ummuna, and Mike Gapes represent London constituencies Steve Johnson Secretary of London CPB pointed out that all were elected on a left-wing anti-austerity Labour manifesto which included a commitment to accept the EU referendum result.

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  • Marx's grave in London attacked again

    190217marxThe Young Communist League of Britain issued the following statement:

    For the second time in two weeks we have seen Marx’s grave attacked and vandalised in London.

    Whilst we are more concerned with the tangible impact of Marx’s work, we cannot sit idly by while anti-communists attack the graves of those that inspire us.

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  • CPB's Robert Griffiths protests to Sudanese government at inhuman treatment of prisoners

    Communist Party General Secretary wrote today to the Ambassador of Sudan to protest at the inhuman treatment of prisoners being held in Sudan and to demand their immediate release. Elderly prisoners have now been held without access to medical assistance, medicines or their families for over a month. Their lives are reported to be in danger.

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  • British military presence near Venezuela ‘extremely concerning’

    morning star neuBRITAIN’S navy and marines are conducting military exercises close to Venezuela, the Morning Star has discovered.

    The Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship, spent New Year in Miami embarking a US coastguard helicopter for the first time. It then sailed south to within 50 miles of the Venezuelan coast and had docked in Caracas Baii, on the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, by January 21. The Royal Navy claims the vessel is working on counternarcotics “take-down” operations with the US Southern Command – though it is this branch of the Pentagon that would lead any attack on Venezuela.

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  • Marx's tomb vandalised in suspected ‘hammer attack’

    morning star neuKARL MARX’S tomb was vandalised in a suspected “hammer attack” over the weekend and “will never be the same again.”

    Marks appeared on the marble plaque situated under the bronze bust of the communist philosopher’s tomb, in Highgate Cemetery in north London, with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust charity condemning the “deliberate attack on the memory of Karl Marx.”

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  • 'Britain should leave the EU on WTO terms', Communists propose

    Britain should leave the EU on March 29, liberating a future Labour government from EU Single Market rules and trading with EU and other countries on WTO terms if necessary, Britain's Communists declared at the weekend.

    At the first meeting of its new Executive Committee elected at the 55th Congress, the Communist Party said that the 'pro-EU Tory minority regime' and the EU Commission could not be trusted to reach any withdrawal agreement that did not serve the interests of big business and the capitalist class.

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  • Britain's Communists call for general election and Labour-led Brexit

    Communist Party General Secretary Robert Griffiths issued the following statement today (January 15) after MPs voted by 432 to 202 against the Tory government's Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU:

    Today's Commons debate and vote indicate that many MPs have no intention of allowing any kind of Brexit, not even the bogus Brexit on offer from the Tory Cabinet and the EU.

    Prime Minister May, Chancellor Hammond, many MPs and the EU Commission share one overriding objective, namely, to keep Britain tied to EU Single Market and Customs Union rules. These would greatly obstruct many of the left and progressive policies of a future left-led Labour government.

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  • Communists say: Oppose bogus Brexit – On to the general election!

    While Conservative MPs were voting for and against their party leader, Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said, 'Now as never before, with all the confusing talk of a "soft" or "hard" or "no deal" Brexit, it is critical to focus on the issues that resulted in a majority to leave the EU, in the biggest democratic exercise in Britain's history.

    'The majority of voters had had enough of almost ten years of cuts in their incomes and public services. They were fed up with job insecurity and the chronic housing crisis. And they could see that the very politicians and corporate fat cats responsible for austerity were the same ones trying to scare them into voting for the EU and the status quo.

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  • The EU - 'Reform and remain'?

    Jeremy Corbyn told some uncomfortable truths to Europe's social-democratic parties in Lisbon last Friday.

    He urged the congress of the Party of European Socialists to 'work together to help build a real social Europe, a people's Europe, a Europe that will strengthen solidarity across borders, resist the race to the bottom in rights and protections and work together to extend them for all workers, consumers and our environment'.

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  • Venezuelans in London reject Euroclear’s financial blockade against Venezuela

    With banners in hand and messages like “We do not want charity. Raise the sanctions on Venezuela” or “Give it back! Euroclear steals money for medicines“, a group of Venezuelans living in the city of London, England, went to the streets in rejection of the service provider Euroclear, appointed more than a year ago by the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to participate in the financial blockade against Venezuela.

    “We have 450 million dollars in cash, for purchases of medicines, construction materials, food and we have them frozen from Euroclear, only to punish Venezuela, to make it give up, to stop the kidnapping of Venezuelan money abroad”, Indicated the Venezuelan Head of State months ago.

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  • Brexit means more powers for Scotland and Wales, say Communists

    The secretaries of the Communist Party in Scotland and Wales have issued the followed joint statement today (December 5):

    'Scottish and Welsh Communists have long supported the case for a federal Britain. We believe this is the only constitutional settlement that will empower the workers and peoples of our countries to control and develop their economies, while maintaining labour movement unity and redistributing the wealth owned largely by the capitalist class.

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  • Those in Britain Supporting Ireland’s 32 County Socialist Republic

    Below is an excerpt from the speech given by a CYM delegate at the Youth Communist League’s 49th Congress in Croyden, London, 2018.

    Go raibh maith agaibh, mo chomrádaí.

    A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Brexit, and let it! Think tanks in a frenzy, bourgeoisie ordering Irish passports, Murdoch press defeated in the game they, themselves, created and more importantly, the workers of the world watching for their own resistance against establishments that have wronged them for so long. It starts with Brussels and ends with the acquisition of all, for all. Any stoppage along the way is a failed solution, an extinguishing of proletarian passions. Corbyn, for all his populism and PR, has failed the workers of Scotland, England and Wales by choosing parliaments over proletarians and so the argument fell on the backs of those lost to most extreme reactionary nationalistic ideas.

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  • Brexit and the Irish labour movement

    In an article in the Socialist Voice issued by the Communist Party of Ireland, Brexit and the political agenda of the Irish labour movement was discussed.

    An article by Eugene McCartan in the November issue of Socialist Voice discussed the fracture between the British and European capitalist class and the stance of the working class in Ireland regaring the anti-EU policy. Under the title ‘Brexit and “backstops” – Difficulties for the EU continue to intensify’  the article said, ‘As the time for a final deal between the British state and the European Union draws nearthe British government is attempting to push through its minimalist Brexit strategy so as to secure its “special relationship.”

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  • Celebrating war shows the limits of Irish nationalism

    CP IrelandStatement by the Communist Party of Ireland:

    This November is the centenary of the ending of the Imperialist War, 1914–1918, fought between British imperialism and its allies on the one side and German imperialism and its allies on the other. It is believed that more than 10 million soldiers died in the fighting, as well as an estimated 13 million civilians. More than 65 million men from the various empires took part, of whom 5 million were British.

    Over the course of the “war to end all wars” Britain lost about 750,000 soldiers—about a ninth of the total—while the number of Irish men who died fighting for the British empire was in the region of 50,000. It is also estimated that 21 million were wounded, of whom 1½ million were British.

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  • Communists attack 'bogus budget' Chancellor

    'Chancellor Hammond presented a bogus budget for a bogus Brexit and a bogus end to austerity', Robert Griffiths told the Communist Party's Political Committee on Wednesday evening (October 31).

    'His budget sought to browbeat and bribe Eurosceptic Tory and pro-EU Labour MPs into supporting the Cabinet's proposed bogus Brexit deal - or else he would bring in an emergency austerity budget. At the same time, he was indicating to the public that if the Commons votes down any such deal, the Tories would fight an early General Election as a cuddly pro-NHS, anti-austerity party - possibly under his leadership', Mr Griffiths explained.

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  • An 'austerity today, jam tomorrow' budget

    It's a 'jam tomorrow' budget from Chancellor Philip Hammond and is unlikely to fool millions of people who are struggling to get by. They see and experience local services continuing to deteriorate, whether it's longer waiting times in the NHS, cancelled operations, the closure of facilities for the elderly and young people, school requests for parental donations, the extinguishing of street lights at night or the disappearance of community police officers.

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  • Bolivarian Government issues protest note to Great Britain

    On behalf of the people and Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Vice-minister of Foreign Relations for Europe, Yván Gil, delivered on Friday a Protest Note to the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andrew Soper, on the occasion to reject once more, in a forceful way, the words issued by the State Minister for the Americas, Alan Duncan, which show their clear alignment with the interests of Washington.

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  • CP warns against 'growing threats' to peace and security

    Communist Party international secretary John Foster warned of the growing threat to world peace, the international economy and the environment at the weekend.

    Speaking to the party's executive committee, he cited US President Trump's increasingly aggressive attitude towards China and Russia, in keeping with what the US National Security Strategy calls a new era of 'great power competition'.

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  • Only socialism can solve global warming crisis say Communists

    'The real message from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that capitalism has caused the deadly global warming crisis and is incapable of solving it', John Foster told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

    Pointing out that burning oil and gas accounts for 50 per cent of global carbon emissions, he said the big corporations showed no intention of helping reach the Paris Agreement targets to limit global warming to 2°C, let alone 1.5°C.

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  • Young Labour appoints Lula as its honorary president

    morning star neuLABOUR’S youth organisation has voted to appoint imprisoned Brazilian socialist leader Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva its honorary president. In a statement on LabourList this morning, Young Labour’s national committee said that it had voted to honour the former president, condemning the “smear campaign” directed against him by the “elites” of Brazil.

    The hugely popular Lula, Brazil’s president from 2003 until 2011, has been imprisoned since April on charges that his supporters say are trumped up and politically motivated. Judges ruled that, as a prisoner, he was not allowed to stand in This Sunday’s presidential election, which is being closely contested between Lula’s stand-in Fernando Haddad and the far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro.

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