14 | 10 | 2019
  • Britain's Communists have condemned the Turkish invasion of north-east Syria as a 'blatant and barbaric violation of Syria's national sovereignty'. Carol Stavris told the Communist Party of Britain's political committee that such a flagrant breach of international and humanitarian law cannot go unchallenged.

  • The Tourism giant «Thomas Cook», which manages, among others, hotels in Rhodes and Crete, has gone bankrupt, leaving tens of thousands of workers without a job worldwide.

    This is a development that proves once again that working rights are crashed by the competitiveness of monopolies in every industry, from which neither tourists who overpay their holidays and leisure can escape.

  • Following the ruling of the Supreme Court that Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament in order to frustrate parliamentary scrutiny of his reckless Brexit strategy, Martin Schirdewan, co-president of GUE/NGL and member of the European Parliament Brexit Steering Group said:

    “This is a game-changer. It is hard to see how Boris Johnson can remain as Prime Minister following this ruling. We will watch with interest what steps the democratic institutions in Britain will take in order to avoid further unlawful actions by the Prime Minister.”

  • The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment to working for the election of a left-led Labour government on a left and progressive manifesto at an early General Election. Once again, we will call upon all socialists, progressives, trade unionists, Greens and Scottish and Welsh nationalists to vote for such a government led by a socialist who has a long and proven record of defending the interests of working people and their families and of opposing militarism and imperialist wars.

    In order to demosntrate its commitment to unity around this perspective, the CP will not be standing candidates of its own in the next General Election, providing Labour retains its left leadership and fights the election on a left and progressive manifesto.

  • Britain's Communists have welcomed the renewed commitment of trade unions at last week's TUC conference to campaign for the 'New Deal for Workers', building up to a national 'day of action' next May Day. 'It is in the interests of all workers that the unions and the TUC conduct a coordinated, militant campaign to recruit millions of non-union and mainly young employees', Communist Party trade union organiser Andy Bain reported to the party's executive committee. 'The other vital aspect of the "New Deal" is that it demands extended trade union and workplace rights to improve wages, terms and conditions for all', he pointed out.

  • Three-and-a-half years on from the Brexit referendum, we are still in the dark as to how or if the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.

    It was supposed to be 29th March 2019, and then it was pushed back to early April and now, with another deadline looming on 31st October 2019, no one knows what will happen.

  • Six Communist and workers' parties have issued a joint statement in Paris warning against the continuing threat of a new war in the Middle East. Meeting at the Fete de l'Humanite, representatives of parties from Iran, France, Lebanon, Cyprus, Iraq and Britain expressed their concern at the rising tension between the governments of the US and Iran. They also condemned the 'economic warfare' being waged against the people of Iran as the result of US and European Union sanctions and pledged solidarity with forces in that country struggling for democratic and human rights.

    'The sanctions are ruining the Iranian economy with high inflation, factory closures, mass unemployment and scarcity of medical supplies, devastating the lives of working people', accused Tudeh Party of Iran international secretary Navid Shomali.

  • 'While Brexit understandably dominated many of the debates at the TUC conference, other vital issues were neglected to a worrying extent', Andy Bain told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

    He praised the efforts of some unions and delegates in Brighton this week to focus more on austerity, public services, manufacturing and the urgent need to boost investment in technology, public transport, housing and other aspects of Britain's inadequate infrastructure. In particular, the CP trade union organiser highlighted the TUC's failure to campaign for the ambitious 'New Deal' package of economic policies agreed 12 months ago. 'The renewed commitment to this radical project must now be backed up with action', he remarked, pointing out that workers have shown through recent strikes and solidarity activities that they can be mobilised for a fight-back.

  • Welsh Labour is alienating potential support in working class communities on a scale that could contribute to the party's defeat at the next General Election, Welsh Communists warned at the weekend.

    In his report to the Welsh Communist Party's executive in the Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, secretary Trevor Jones attacked the 'onward march of the ultra-Remainers' in the Labour Party in Wales. 'Their unqualified pro-second referendum and anti-Brexit positions are not preventing a loss of support to the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, while a susbtantial number of pro-Brexit one-time Labour supporters are either switching to the Brexit Party or have stopped voting altogether', he declared.

  • The Communist Party of Britain issued the following statement on Friday, 30 August 2019, at 11.30 pm

    The Communist Party reiterates its call for Britain to leave the EU on terms that enable a democratic, left response to our country’s mounting economic and ecological crisis. Hence the Party does not support any movement in the House of Commons or the courts to delay or block Britain's exit from the EU or to rearrange parliamentary business in a way that maximises the opportunity for Brexit to be sabotaged.

  • Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation from a large crowd at the 'El Sueno Existe' ('The Dream Exists') festival in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, at the weekend.

    Speaking at length without notes, the Labour leader was visibly moved when recalling his experience on a May Day march in Santiago shortly before the election of Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1970. He recounted some of the achievements of Allende's Popular Unity government in health, education, land reform and through the nationalisation of key industries such as copper before progress was halted by a US-backed military coup in 1973.

  • I was fortunate to have visited the Trade Union Congress headquarters in London recently, and upon request, I received a plethora of pamphlets on various events in British labour history. One stuck out when it was handed to me, the one named ‘The Burston School Strike’. What came into my mind instantly was the school protests that swept across Europe earlier this year. The story, though, was more radical, for this was the longest student strike, in history.

  • British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time.

    It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order, although the legitimacy of the regulator’s claims against the television network should be ascertained under judicial review. The amount of the fine is also questionable, since it substantially exceeds fines imposed on other media outlets for hate speech and incitement to violence, while RT faces the subjective charge of insufficient impartiality.

  • The Communist Party of Britain has warned that the danger of a military strike against Iran and a new war in the Middle East has not disappeared. In a statement issued today (Sunday, June 23), General Secretary Robert Griffiths said:

    'The US and British military build-up in the region is real and escalating, replicating what happened before the disastrous bombing and invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Until President Trump aborted the mission on Thursday night, the US military was about to launch air strikes to kill - by its own admission - at least 150 Iranian citizens, in retaliation for the loss of an unmanned US drone that was almost certainly violating Iranian airspace.

  • Communist Party campaigners hit the streets in the Rhondda Ward of Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) County Borough Council at the weekend.

    They were leafleting in Hopkinstown and Maesycoed for the party's candidate Adrian Dumphy in a forthcoming by-election caused by the sudden death of Labour councillor Rob Smith.

  • Over the last year, allegations that China is interning large numbers of Muslim citizens of Xinjiang province in internment camps have been given enormous media prominence. Reports cite “the UN” as a source for claims that up to a million people could be interned in these camps, a claim repeatedly made by US officials, while US Defence Department Asia chief Randall Schriver has stated that the total could be “closer to three million citizens”.

    These claims have been taken up in Britain and used to agitate against China, including by elements on the left. Some of these (such as those who protested at the presence of a Chinese speaker at the Marx Oration) are groups who have always attacked socialist countries but others include anti-racist and anti-Islamophobia campaigners who have a good record of solidarity with the broad left.

  • A cross-group of MEPs are calling on the European Commission to intervene and stop the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK to the US.

    The letter, signed by 37 MEPs – including 32 from the Left – deplores the US request to prosecute the founder of Wikileaks, and it underlines the importance of the right to information as a fundamental pillar of our democracy.

  • 'The Tories and the ruling class interests they represent have one overriding objective - to prevent a left-led Labour government coming to office in a Britain unfettered by the pro-big business rules of the EU Single Market', Liz Payne told the Communist Party's executive committee at the weekend.

    'They know that this remains a possibility, which is why wide sections of the media are still trying so hard to discredit and break the Labour leadership', she explained. In particular, the Communist Party chairperson pointed out, the message is spread daily that Brexit is either impossible or catastrophic while Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable.

  • In response to Theresa May's resignation announcement today (May 24), General Secretary of the Communist Party Robert Griffiths issued the following statement:

    Theresa May's decision to sack herself as Tory leader and write her own redundancy notice as Prime Minister underlines the urgent need for a General Election.

    The Tories have never governed in the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain and shown themselves to be incompetent as well as cruel and callous.

  • The communist parties of Britain (CPB) and Ireland (CPI), recognising the different situations they struggle within and the forces at play during the course the EU elections, have discussed the solidarity that exists between the parties on the question of nature of the European Union and the consequences of continued membership. In particular the CPI sends solidarity to all those in Britain who, over the weekend of 18-19th May and in the run up to election day on 23rd May, are participating in the Boycott campaign.

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