Friday, 28 May 2010

Demonstrate against repression in Poland!

The Young Communist League is holding a demonstration outside of the Polish Embassy at 6 PM on June the 8th. Anyone wishing to participate please assemble at 17.30 outside the British library main entrance.

The government of Poland will implement an amendment to the penal code criminalizing the dissemination of “communist symbolism.” Anyone who “produces, perpetuates, or imports, stores, possesses, presents, carries or sends a printout, a recording or other object” carrying “fascist, communist or other totalitarian symbolism” for other than “artistic” or “research” purposes can be punished with two years in prison.

This latest piece of anti-communist repression follows a wave of similar legislation across Europe. Bans on communist symbols have already taken place in Hungary and Lithuania, with steps being taken in other countries.In 2007, the Czech government outlawed the Communist Youth Union because it called for social ownership of the means of production. Attempts have also been made to outlaw the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia. A party which is the third-largest parliamentary party in the Czech Republic and came second in the 2004 European Parliament elections.

This outrageous censorship condradicts the “democratic ideals” professed by bourgeois liberalism. These moves are deeply connected to the effort to whitewash history and equate communism and fascism. The Young Communist League rejects this suppresion and attempts to rehabilitate nazism.

Britain's young communists declare:

History will not be rewritten!

The future cannot be banned!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

KKE shows the Peoples of Europe how to fight cuts

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) have held a huge rally in Athens. (See video here: )
In a show of strength, tens of thousands of members and supporters of KKE packed into central Athens. Their message was simple, KKE demands that power in the country must rest with the people, not the monopolies. The austerity measures demanded by imperialism must be fought.

Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the CC of KKE, stood in front of the huge crowd assembled at the Pedion Areos Square. She declared;

“The government is shamelessly lying when it claims that the measures will last for three or maximum four years. This system, which is rotten to the core, is not eternal. The people’s sacrifices will benefit the capitalists, the monopolies. And even if we assume that the Greek economy will soon exit from the cycle of the crisis and recover, things will be equally worse for the people."

She warned that the Social democratic PASOK government mirrors the dictatorship that KKE fought for so long. The government is rolling out the anti-communist propaganda and demanding that the people respect the constitution.

The capitalist courts have carried out their measures against the people's counterattack. Strikes by the All Workers Militant Front(PAME)have been declared ilegal.

The massive demonstration has barely registered with the Greek bourgeois media, but we must make sure that the KKE's heroic efforts to combat cuts are heard. Furthermore, we must echo the call of the KKE that capitalism holds no solutions. This crisis was not created by the people, yet capitalism offers only austerity measures. The only path out of capitalist crisis for the peoples of Europe is that of socialism.

Peoples of Europe, rise up!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Not all that bad...

With on going negotiations currently being held between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, have no idea what form of government we will get.

The results were not as bad as were expected. Despite some quite unnerving losses, Labour were not completely annihilated like some were wishfully prophesying. The Conservatives, who have had this election presented to them on a plate, did relatively badly. Like in 1979, there was a swing to Labour in Scotland and in many traditional heartland areas there was evidence of an increased Labour vote. The British working class are terrified at the prospect of a Tory administration.

It is nothing short of remarkable that the tories, who held huge leads in the polls until very recently have not gained an absolute majority.

There were some low points, although Salma Yaqoob received a very respectable vote, she unfortunately did not win her seat. And it was certainly a process of self flagellation to witness all the Tory gains, however, it was hard to pity the useless New Labour M.P.s who lost their seats. The BNP did not make any breakthroughs, and thanks to anti-facist campaigning they came nowhere near.

A high(er) turnout traditionally is good for the Labour vote and if we look at the local election results we can see that Labour have elected over 400 new local councillors and have gained overall control of 14 councils, while the tories, liberals and BNP are down.

So what about the options for government. It looks increasingly unlikely that a administration will be build around the Labour party, only if the Liberals and nationalists play ball. A Liberal-Tory alliance would mean a loss in popular support for the Liberals, perhaps even in members and M.P.s. However, it might bring us PR, civil liberties and prevent the Tories from implementing the most savage policies. A minority Tory government would be very weak, if it attempted to bring in unpopular measures it would certainly fall and we might have another election later this year.

While the Communist party's election results were disappointingly low, I do not think anyone was expecting a Communist landslide, there was one local result that was particularly good.

The national results were as follows:

Leicester East: - Atvar Sadiq 494 votes (1%)
Carlisle: - John Metcalfe 376 (0.9%)
Cardiff South and Penarth: - Robert Griffiths 196 votes (0.4%)
Glasgow North West: - Marc Livingstone 179 votes (0.5%)
Newcastle East: - Martin Levy 177 votes (0.5%)
Croydon North: - Ben Stevenson 160 votes (0.3%)
Sheffield South East: - Steve Andrew 139 votes (0.3%)
North Devon: - Gerry Sables 96 votes (0.2%)

However, in the mayoral elections for Hackney Monty Goldman received 2,033 votes. Which is a fantastic result.

While a government build around the Labour party would be best, we will still have to fight the cuts of any government. The labour movement must rally round to fight to defend our public services and campaign to withdraw the troops from Afganistan.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Happy May Day!

On international workers’ day it is important for all young people to be aware, both of their rights and the past struggles that were waged to achieve them. While an increase in voter registration for under 25 year olds is to be welcomed, it is largely attributed to the ‘Clegg-factor’. However, on the same televised debate that produced a boost in the polls for the liberal democrats, a question was asked concerning burglaries. The response from all three leaders focused on problems associated with the youth. This not only underlines the perception of young people today, it also indicates that future austerity measures will constitute an attack on Britain’s youth.

Read the Communist Party of Greece's rousing May Day message here;