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  • Communist Party of Ireland: Ruling by fooling

    CP IrelandAccording to the Financial Times (Wednesday 6 December), “Blocking a Brexit divorce deal is a high stakes game. It is in everyone’s interests to help May keep the show on the road.”

    The leaking of the supposed deal regarding the “border issue” between Britain, Ireland and the EU shows that it would result in the economic border being placed in the Irish Sea (at ports of entry into the British state) and with the North of Ireland having a special relationship, called “regulatory alignment,” with the EU. This provoked an immediate tantrum from the DUP and the UUP, who fear even any apparent weakening of the union with Britain.

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  • Communists condemn Brexit Phase One deal

    The Communist Party of Britain has condemned the Brexit Phase One agreement between the British government and the EU Commission announced today (December 8).

    'This pro-big business, minority Tory regime is loyally carrying out the instructions of its EU Business Advisory Council to tie Britain to the EU single market for the foreseeable future, while paying through the nose for that dubious privilege', CPB general secretary Robert Griffiths declared.

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  • Britain's communists take part in »High-Level« meeting of world's political parties in Beijing

    More than 450 representatives of parties across the political spectrum in 122 countries gathered in Beijing over the December 1-3 weekend in a 'high-level' meeting called by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to discuss the theme of 'Working Together for a Shared Future for Humanity'.

    The Communist Party was represented by general secretary Robert Griffiths and international secretary John Foster.

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  • Communists condemn »steady as the economy sinks« budget

    The Communist Party has condemned what it calls Chancellor Philip Hammond's 'steady as the economy sinks' Autumn Budget.

    CP general secretary Robert Griffiths said it reflected Tory priorities to 'fill the boots of private enterprise with public money' and shore up big business profits.

    As real wages, benefits and living standards fall over the next four years and the British economy heads towards recession, he remarked, the Chancellor continues with planned cuts in corporate taxes and does nothing about tax-dodging havens under British jurisdiction around the world.

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  • Statement from the Communist Party of Britain on the repressive measures by the Spanish state in Catalonia

    Communist Party of BritainThe Communist Party of Britain condemns the repressive actions taken by the Spanish government to halt the independence referendum in Catalonia. It sends its solidarity to the Communist Party of Spain, the United Left and other progressive forces who gathered over the weekend at the Assembly of Representatives in Zaragoza to assert and defend the rights of the Catalonian people to hold a referendum on their national future.

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  • Communist Party of Ireland on going pronouncements on the border between the British state and the European Union

    Communist Party of IrelandCommunist Party of IrelandThe recent proposals by the British government regarding a possible border between the British state and the European Union expose how marginal the interests of the Irish people are in relation to the negotiations now under way. The terms of Britain’s relations with the EU will be decided between Britain and Germany, in the interests of their ruling classes.

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  • The Grenfell Tragedy: Working-class lives matter

    Morning StarAVOIDABLE tragedy has again hit a working-class community, with the Grenfell Tower inferno bringing out the best in our multicultural society and our overstretched emergency services.

    Fire, ambulance and police services reacted without delay, risking their own well-being in the west London tower block to rescue survivors and minimise loss of life.

    Local mosques, churches and community halls offered emergency accommodation and gave food, drinks and clothing to those who escaped the blaze.

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  • Portuguese CP on the results of the British General Election

    pcpThe Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) commented the results auf the general elections in Britain:

    The results of the early general elections in Great Britain constitute a political defeat of the Conservative Party that sought to strengthen the parliamentary support for a greater offensive against the social and labor rights of the British workers and people, and for a reinforced neoliberal and militarist policy and imperialism affirmation.

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  • British communists: The Tories have no mandate, May must resign

    Communist Party of BritainRobert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), issued the following statement on the results of British elections: »Twelve million people have voted for a left-wing Labour manifesto and a majority of electors have rejected austerity policies. The Tories have no mandate for five months of public spending cuts, never mind another five years.

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  • A clear choice

    Morning StarJEREMY CORBYN started his final day of campaigning in Glasgow yesterday telling supporters that the general election is a clear choice between another five years of underfunding, or investment.

    As Labour continues to climb in the polls, Mr Corbyn delivered one of his final addresses to voters from a platform on Buchanan Street.

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  • Tory Campaign Meets Its Limits

    Morning StarTHE Tories appear to be in something of a panic. Talk of a landslide has been abandoned. Their election strategists are at each other’s throats over the humiliating U-turn on “social care” while their cynical attempt to exploit the Manchester bombing has done little except expose the bankruptcy of negative campaigning.

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  • Ecuador expects UK to give Assange safe passage

    Guillaume Long, Ecuadorian minister for foreign affairs. Photo: ANDESGuillaume Long, Ecuadorian minister for foreign affairs. Photo: ANDESAfter the announcement made by Sweden to drop rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador expects the United Kingdom to give him a safe pass to leave the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.

    “The European arrest warrant against Mr. Assange is not valid. We expect the United Kingdom to give him a safe pass as soon as possible,” published Friday Ecuador’s foreign minister Guillaume Long on his Twitter account.

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  • Get set for May Day – a chance to build the struggle

    International Workers DayAS we approach May Day this year, the struggle of workers both within Britain and internationally is clearly intensifying.

    Roger Sutton is organiser of the London May Day Organising Committee. For more information visit www.londonmayday.org.

    With threats to world peace growing, along with the increasing dominance of the economic system with massive multinational companies at its heart, workers are having to fight harder to maintain what has been won in the past. The need for international solidarity between workers is crucial.

    The big London May Day this year is seeking to highlight some of the key fights going on by trade unions like the RMT Southern rail dispute, the Unite BA Mixed Fleet dispute, the small but crucially important PCS and Unite battle at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the Bectu Picture House fight.

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  • Stop the War statement on Westminster attack in London

    Stop the War CoalitionStop the War condemns the attacks at Westminster today. There can be no justification for the attacks on ordinary people in the street and those working in or providing security in the palace of Westminster. Our thoughts are with all those killed, injured or caught up in the incident.

    The police have said that they have designated this as a terrorist attack, and it shares some of the features of other such attacks across Europe recently.

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  • Watershed election has ended unionist majority in the Assembly

    IrelandSinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said today that the election in the north had been a watershed bringing an end to the unionist majority in the Assembly.

    Gerry Adams said:»This was a watershed election. The people voted for equality and respect for all and integrity in government. It was a vote against Brexit. It was a vote for the north to have a designated special status within the EU and for agreements to be implemented in full. This has brought an end to the unionist majority in the Assembly.

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  • Martin McGuinness resignes as deputy First Minister

    Read Martin McGuinness' Letter of Resignation: Click here

    Martin McGuinness. By Sinn Féin Ireland [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsMartin McGuinness. By Sinn Féin Ireland (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia CommonsSinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as deputy First Minister in protest at the DUP's failure to accept the principles of power sharing and parity of esteem and their handling of the RHI crisis. Mr McGuinness said: »Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation. Over this period the actions of the British government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence. Sinn Féin will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.

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  • How we can maximise the communist contribution to the class struggle

    Communist Party of Britain THE world is entering its most dangerous phase since imperialism proclaimed eternal victory over the Soviet Union and socialism in the early 1990s.

    People everywhere were promised a New World Order of peace, disarmament, democracy and social justice. Instead, capitalism’s general crisis has reasserted itself in two decades of war, genocide, repression, mass migration, economic and financial crisis, global warming and environmental degradation.
    Through Nato and the European Union, imperialism has extended its operations across Europe, much of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • WFTU in Solidarity with RMT and railway workers in Southern Rail

    wftuThe World Federation of Trade Unions salutes the transport workers in the London Underground in their struggle for the satisfaction of their fair demands and congratulates its affiliate, the RMT Britain, for organizing a 5 day strike in Southern Rail.

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  • Communist »infiltration« of Labour

    Communist Party of BritainThe general secretary of Britain’s communists has written to his Labour counterpart to dismiss false reports that the Communist Party is infiltrating the Labour Party. This is the text of his letter:

    to: Iain McNicol, General Secretary, Labour Party

    Dear Mr McNicol,

    According to reports in the Guardian and other media outlets today, Labour Party staff have produced a research paper which links the Communist Party to “entryism” in the Labour Party. In particular, that research paper cites a report made to our party’s Executive Committee which on June 25 declared that “defending the socialist leadership of the Labour Party at all costs” should be a priority for Communists.

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  • Speech of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the result of the EU referendum

    The vote on Thursday to leave the European Union is a historic decision. Our country has been a member for 43 years -half the people of this country cannot remember ever not being a member of the European Union.

    We are in a new world and now there will be at least two years of discussions and negotiations before we are no longer members.

    We must make sure that those negotiations deliver the protections our country needs, working rights and the environments.

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