15 | 08 | 2018

'The Tory government is a divided shambles over Brexit and would be finished off by a large, solid group of left-wing MPs', Liz Payne told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

Communist Party members who were delegates at the 2018 UCU Congress consider that developments at the Congress place the future of the union at risk.

ROBERT GRIFFITHS spoke at a conference in Shenzhen, China, last week on 'Marxism in the 21st Century and the Future for World Socialism'. Here is his speech:

In Das Kapital, Marx explained how and why — as the result of capital accumulation and technological advance — capitalism creates a 'disposable industrial reserve army' from dispossessed, displaced and redundant workers.

Today, capitalism reproduces this reserve army on an ever-growing scale. Uneven development, Third World debt bondage, the deregulation of labour markets, accelerating technological change — together with large population movements caused by imperialist war and climate change — have added scores of millions of migrant workers and refugees to that army.

REPRESENTATIVES of peace organisations from 13 coun­tries gathered in London at the weekend for the annual European meeting of the World Peace Council (WPC).

It was hosted this year by the British Peace Assembly (BPA), a WPC affiliate. The BPA and the regional co-ordinator, the Por­tuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation, jointly chaired the discussions.

The meeting at the Marx Memorial Library opened with an address by guest speaker Jamshid Ahmadi, who is the WPC vice-president and presi­dent of the Association for the defence of Peace, Solidarity and Democracy in Iran.

ON 8 May 1945 the wartime allies, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States, declared victory over fascism in Europe. Approximately 50 million people had been killed in the war - half of them civilians and almost half within the borders of the Soviet Union. Many millions died in the concentration camps: Communists, Socialists, all those opposing fascism and up to six million Jews, Roma and gays, victims of a hate-filled ideology designed to divide working people.

Rather, they prefer to whip up 'nationalist hysteria' against a foreign enemy in which anyone who questions attacks on Russia or challenges higher British spending on armaments will be accused of treachery.

'This was the trap set for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party leadership and then supported by right-wing Labour MPs', Mr Foster accused.

But the Labour leader had been right to insist that the British government should provide 'clear evidence' for its claims of Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack on a former spy and his daughter.

'All of them have identified themselves closely with the EU and its disastrous neoliberal orientation in favour of austerity, privatisation and so-called "free market" policies that are destroying public services, the welfare state, collective bargaining, job security and social well-being', the CP international secretary continued.

'It would be madness, therefore, for the Labour Party to commit itself to any future arrangements binding Britain to EU single market rules that would prevent a left-led government from pursuing its popular manifesto programme', Mr Foster insisted.

The labour movement is failing to voice the interests of workers and their families in the Brexit debate, according to Britain's Communists.

'Echoing the fears and aspirations of the CBI, the Institute of the Directors and the City of London casino is not the same as speaking up for working class interests', general secretary Robert Griffiths told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

The media's 'Trump, Trump, Trump' obsession is attracting attention away from what imperialism is actually doing around the world', Liz Payne told the Communist Party executive committee last weekend.

The party's chair said that the major imperialist powers, led by the USA but also including Britain and France, were spreading conflict and terror in their vain efforts to solve a 'systemic crisis' of international capitalism by intensified domination, super-exploitation and a 'war economy'.

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