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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Workers of all Lands, Unite! New CP pamphlet and Manchester Public Meeting

 CP Public Meeting on immigration, labour and refugees.

Monday 23rd April 2018 6.30pm

Friend's Meeting House Manchester 

Further details to be confirmed.

"Many millions of working people and their families today are descended from migrant workers who left their native region or country to settle in one part of Britain or another. Going back centuries, migrants have brought music, art, literature progressive ideas and culinary traditions to what is a now a multi-ethnic society, bringing together many positive and vibrant aspects of national cultures. Over a couple of generations, individuals, families and whole communities have integrated into society and played a full part as citizens. This is a natural process and has gone on for millennia. It has never required special tests of loyalty. Nor does it require people who have settled in Britain to abandon the original national, ethnic or other aspects of their cultural identity. Indeed these characteristics are precisely what have given us such a vibrant multicultural."

CPB Racism 2018 cover

Monday, 12 March 2018

International Solidarity and the Anti Apartheid Struggle Sunday 25th March 2018, 13:15 Hyde

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30 years after the epic Battle of Cuito Cunavale in Angola, with liberation fighters from South Africa and Namibia, Angolan government forces and Cuban volunteers on one side, pitted against the army of the racist white supremacist regime of South Africa and its local pro-imperialist allies, we celebrate the role of internationalism in the struggle to eliminate the vile system of apartheid.

Image result for London RecruitsKen Keable, author of London Recruits will tell of the part played by young Communists and other activists from Britain who were recruited during that time by the ANC in London to carry out secret propaganda missions within South Africa under the noses of the secret police.

There will be a short film and an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Venue: El Cuba Libre Restaurant
Mottram Road
SK14 2NN

Above the Sportsman Pub

Close to Morrisons

Cuban tapas will be served and included in the price of entry.

For tickets please contact us on manchester@communist-party.org.uk  07405728511


£5 Concession

£10 Waged

£15 Solidarity

Any profits raised will go to the Manchester branch of the Cuban Solidarity Campaign, who will have a stall.

Event organised by the Communist Party of Britain, Greater Manchester Branch.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Greater Manchester Communist Public Meeting on the EU Mon 5th March 2018- Note this replaces the CP Branch Meeting of 26th February

For a People’s Brexit

For Jobs and Public Services!
For Workers’ Rights!
For Democracy and Popular Sovereignty!
No Second Referendum!
No to Racist Immigration Policies!

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Neil Sharples- Wigan Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT)
Mollie Brown-Communist Party Executive Committee
Joginder Bains -Indian Workers’ Association (GB)

Monday 5th March 2018 6.30pm,

Friends’ Meeting House, Mount St,  Manchester         
(Behind Central Library).

The question of exit from the EU continues to dominate the headlines.
  The Tory government is split between those who, like their friends in big business, want  to remain in the EU and those who want a brexit based on turning our country into a tax haven  
    Both sides are united in attacking our rights, particularly those of the most 
vulnerable,  exploited and oppressed, including migrant workers.
   There is pressure from liberal elements both inside and outside the 
labour and trade union  movement  to sabotage brexit, 
with calls to remain in the Single Market and demands for a second referendum.

   The Communist Party campaigned within the Lexit Campaign for Britain to 
leave the EU because we believe this to be a key requirement 
if a left government is to implement the  radical changes 
that will be necessary to restore our public services, create jobs,       
   rebuild manufacturing and resist  attempts to split our communities.

   It’s also key to extending democracy.

Whether you agree, disagree or want to know more, come and listen to the discussion, ask questions and contribute!  


Tuesday, 30 January 2018


he 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'.
Reporting back from the recent meeting of the World Peace Council in Hanoi, Ms Payne pointed to the militarisation of the European Union and the build-up of US and Western military forces and bases in eastern Europe, the Baltic states, former Soviet republics, Africa, the Middle East and southern and eastern Asia.
'As the leading imperialist power, the USA now has an annual military budget of $611bn and rising - more than one-third of the global total, more than the next eight countries combined and almost nine times Russia's spending on arms', the CP chair remarked.
'Sanctions, ideological warfare, plots, coups, military threats and interventions are the tools of imperialist foreign policy from Cuba, Honduras and Venezuela to Ukraine, Syria and Korea', Ms Payne argued.
She condemned the 'unhelpful' declarations of US government support for anti-regime protestors in Iran, while expressing the Communist Party of Britain's long-standing solidarity with working class and progressive forces opposing the reactionary Tehran regime.
SARU A4 poster designThe CP executive urged support for the Day of Action called by Britain's Young Communist League for Saturday, February 10, when 'No to Fascism! Solidarity with the Communists!' protests will be held at Ukraine's London embassy, Edinburgh consulate and venues in Glasgow and Manchester.
Britain's Communists also urged the Labour Party to correct a 'potentially fatal weakness' in its manifesto by adopting an 'anti-war, anti-imperialist' foreign policy instead of one based on NATO, military aggression and nuclear weapons.
In relation to its own programme, Britain's Road to Socialism, the CP executive received the first draft of an updated edition and declared its intention to hold a series of public events to discuss it in the late spring and early summer.
The party's trade union organiser, Andy Bain, urged solidarity with striking railway workers opposed to driver-only trains and demanded action against the directors and accountants of bankrupt privateers Carillion, condemning the theft of pension funds and calling for outsourced public services to brought back in-house.
The Communist Party will be participating in the People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together demonstrations on February 3 to defend the NHS, unveiling a new dedicated banner and distributing a special issue of its Unity! bulletin.

Comrades pay tribute to Indian Workers Association titan Avtar Sadiq

RIENDS and comrades of Avtar Singh Sadiq, a leader among Britain’s Indian communist community, paid tribute to him today after he passed away late yesterday.

Mr Sadiq’s death “is a massive loss to the international working-class movement and the Indian Workers Association (IWA) in Britain, of which he was one of the earlier members,” IWA vice-president Harsev Bains said.

“Comrade Sadiq” was equally comfortable organising a dance group or attending international communist conferences, Mr Bains recalled, adding that the gap he would leave for the IWA, its Leicester branch in particular and his family was “immeasurable.
“Rest in peace, comrade, for you have truly earned it,” he said. “Red salute.”

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury sent his condolences to Britain-based comrades, saying Mr Sadiq “served the party through the Association of Indian Communists in Great Britain and the Indian Workers Association.”

Morning Star readers may best remember him for his role in the annual Leicester fundraisers for the paper, which have raised countless thousands of pounds for the Fighting Fund as guests were guaranteed high-profile labour-movement speakers alongside great food and company.

Article from the Morning Star on a Key Aspect of Marxist Theory

What is meant by the phrase ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’?

The MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY explains one of Marxism’s most commonly misunderstood concepts

WHAT is the “dictatorship of the proletariat”? In essence, it means “For the many, not the few” — a phrase that has become well-known since last June’s elections.

More and more people are determined to challenge a society where wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority (under 4 per cent) of the UK population.

But “dictatorship” commonly refers to autocratic rule by an individual or clique. Socialists and communists have always fought against dictatorships.

So why did Marx and Engels argue for a “dictatorship of the proletariat” and what did they mean by this?

The phrase doesn’t appear in the Communist Manifesto, written in 1847. It was coined a few years later by the communist journalist Joseph Weydemeyer, using the example of Cromwell’s Commonwealth of the 17th century — the “English revolution” — which abolished much of what still remained of the feudal state and replaced it with the basis for agrarian (and subsequently industrial) capitalism.

Marx’s study of the French revolution (1789-99) and his experience of the defeat of the European “people’s spring” of 1848 convinced him that it isn’t enough to campaign for piecemeal socialist policies which can easily be undermined or reversed within a capitalist state.

And after the collapse of the Paris Commune in 1871, he argued against those who advocated a gradual transition to socialism as well as against anarchists, who wanted immediately to abolish the state altogether.

He wrote: “Between capitalist and communist society lies a period of revolutionary transformation from one to the other.
“There is a corresponding period of transition in the political sphere and in this period the state can only take the form of a revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.”

The term “dictatorship” meant something rather different in Marx’s day from what it does today.

Marx adopted it as a rhetorical device to emphasise the class-biased nature of the state under capitalism and the need within socialism to transform the state to secure an irreversible shift of power in favour of working people, the majority. This would lay the basis for a communist society.

Today, the state, broadly defined, is more complex than it was 150 years ago. Working-class struggles secured important concessions, including a National Health Service, education, pensions and welfare services, housing, water and energy supply, and transport.

All were imperfect, all have been milked by capital as a source of profit, and all today, where not already privatised, are under sustained attack.

Alongside these concessions, the core of the state, including the permanent Civil Service (with its close ties with economic elites), security services, the military, the legal system, banks and the media, still functions to maintain class rule in the interest of capital.
For Marx and Engels, the political, legal and coercive apparatus of the state would disappear within communism — it would “wither away” (something that we’ll look at in another answer).

But this could not happen immediately after a successful revolution while the old ruling class was still in place and counter-revolution remained a real and immediate danger.

In the 1872 edition of the Manifesto, Marx and Engels argued that “the working class cannot simply lay hold of ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes.” The state itself would need to be transformed.

The past century is littered with examples of the way that socialist administrations throughout the world have been undermined or destroyed by economic sanctions, subversion and direct military intervention.

Venezuela is merely the latest example of a democratically elected socialist government under concerted attack by international capital (led, of course, by the United States).

The television adaptation of MP Chris Mullin’s A Very British Coup presents a compelling fictional scenario of the likely ruling-class response to an elected socialist government in Britain.

The term “proletariat” also needs some dissecting. It’s not quite the same as “working class.” Working classes exist in all class societies, including slavery and feudalism.

Marx and Engels gave the name proletariat to the new working class that emerged with capitalism, composed of workers (“wage labourers”) who lived by selling their labour-power to capitalists who own the means of production, distribution and exchange.
The proletariat were seen as potentially revolutionary because capitalism itself had brought them together — in the workplace and in communities, where they could begin to understand their situation, and organise to change it.

This was contrast to other workers, including the peasantry (still widespread in Europe), as well as to small shopkeepers, independent craftspeople and other “petite bourgeoisie” that they considered largely conservative.

Since then there have been great changes in the composition of the working class, which includes public employees, health workers, teachers, small traders, the self-employed — everyone who works for a living together with their families and dependants (including those unable to work through ill-health or disability).

So a successful socialist programme will need to replace the present “dictatorship” of a tiny ruling class by a state which serves the interests of the vast majority of the population.

A major challenge which needs to be the focus of debate within the left is the form that such a state might take and how it may be achieved.

It will be necessary to learn from the successes, mistakes and failures of existing and former socialist societies. New forms of popular participation, including a democratised parliamentary system based on proportional representation and direct democracy in local communities and in the workplace, will be essential to avoid the dangers of over-centralisation, elitism, careerism and bureaucratic control.

Full accountability of state power to the people will need to be accompanied by free and wide-ranging debate facilitated by accessible and diverse mass media.

Democratic rights and freedoms will become deeply entrenched in every aspect of economic and political life free from the restrictions and distortions imposed by monopoly capital.

As a more recent, British, communist manifesto declares: “Holding state power will enable the working class and its allies to complete the process of removing all economic and political power from the monopoly capitalist class. As capitalism is dismantled, so the construction of a new type of society — socialism — can proceed.”

The Marx Memorial Library’s Trade Unions, Class and Power course with Professor Mary Davis starts on January 30 at 7pm. For further details click here.