Tuesday, 23. October 2018

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'.

'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.

The recent TUC conference in Manchester marked a small but significant shift to the left, Communist Party trade union organiser Andy Bain told his party's Political Committee on Wednesday evening.

He welcomed resolutions on the economy, privatisation, precarious and low-paid work, a 'New Deal' for workers, public sector pay, social security and universal credit, the Grenfell Towers and Windrush scandals, a national education service, sexual harassment and fracking.

Hundreds of Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs, have in the last few days signed a letter expressing support for the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corby. The letter will be sent to Labour’s Annual Conference that will take place in Liverpool starting next Sunday, September 23, and continue until Wednesday, September 26. The letter of support reads as follows:

“We are Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, committed to civil equality within Israel, to an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza, to a just peace and justice for the Palestinian refugees. The solidarity of progressive forces abroad is vital to our struggle, and we therefore welcomed the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a committed campaigner for peace, as leader of the British Labour Party.”

We are Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, committed to civil equality within Israel, to an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza, to a just peace and justice for the Palestinian refugees. The solidarity of progressive forces abroad is vital to our struggle, and we therefore welcomed the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a committed campaigner for peace, as leader of the British Labour Party.

A well attended TUC fringe meeting in Manchester heard the case for a 'People's Brexit' on Tuesday evening.

Local Labour MP Graham Stringer made clear his opposition to right-wing neoliberal policies whether they came from pro- or anti-EU Tory MPs. In particular, he defended his decision not to support a Commons amendment from Tory pro-EU rebels that would have limited the ability of a future British government to reform VAT.

'Operation Stop Corbyn' has gone up a gear as the prospect of a left-led Labour government gets nearer, according to Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths.

He told his party's Political Committee on Wednesday evening (August 15) that British ruling class circles were determined to prevent the election of a socialist Prime Minister who has a long record of opposing austerity, privatisation, nuclear weapons and imperialist war.

'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.

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