Haringey: Save our homes and our communities!

March and protest: Tuesday 14 February
Assemble: 5pm Ducketts Common (Turnpike Lane Tube)
Rally: 6pm Haringey Civic Centre

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Haringey’s Labour council is planning to give away the land on which a huge number of homes, community facilities, and shops stand to a private developer. The ‘Haringey Development Vehicle’ supposedly a joint venture between the council and the developer, would in reality be a facade for the interests of the private developer.

This policy would lead to a huge loss of genuinely affordable housing in Haringey, and yet more ordinary families being forced out of the borough and away from their family, friends, and jobs.

The Labour council has betrayed the people of Haringey by, for example, promising social rents in public while admitting in private that there is no such guarantee. The Labour party only cares about the interests of the rich, and Labour councils across London and Britain have proven this time and again by slashing social spending and privatising public property and services.

People of Haringey: unite to defeat our enemies in the Labour Party and stop the destruction of our communities!

Tens of thousands protest in London against Trump

Following the Women’s March in London on January 21, which drew over 100,000 to protest President Trump’s regressive attitude towards women, February has seen two more protests against the ‘Muslim ban’ which, before being overturned by a federal judge last Friday, blocked anyone from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen from entering the US.

Why did the Trump administration pick these seven countries? Is it because the US fears the backlash from indiscriminate bombing, and their tacit support for terrorists groups that can destabilise the US regime’s key opponents in the area? Is it because Trump hates Muslims, but not enough to get in the way of his business interests in other Muslim-majority states?

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Fidel Castro Ruz – a tribute

Fidel Castro Ruz (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016) was the inspirer and leader of the popular Cuban revolution against the corrupt US puppet-regime of the comprador kleptocrat Batista.

has died a hero, but his teaching, his legacy and the march on. History has absolved him! Hasta la victoria!”

Harpal Brar pays tribute to Fidel, opening this CPGB-ML meeting, held on 10 December 2016, with comrades of the JVP UK committee and other friends, in Saklatvala Hall, Southall, to honour his memory and celebrate his life, and the positive legacy of the Cuban revolution that he helped to lead and shape.

Fidel was a man of great insight, intelligence, energy, courage and steadfast determination. Incensed with the suffering and meagre lot of the masses of the Cuban people, Fidel rose in indignation with 200 of his fellow students against he Batista regime on 26 July 1953, making his entry onto the national and world political stage by launching an armed raid on the Moncada barracks; military centre of Batista’s unpopular rule. Continue reading “Fidel Castro Ruz – a tribute”

Basics of Political Economy – A talk by Harpal Brar, Birmingham 1996

Red Youth reproduce on Proletarian Radio this short but informative talk given by comrade Harpal Brar at a meeting of British workers and communists in 1996 on the topic of political economy. We do so to aid the study of political economy which is ongoing around the country in red youth and CPGB-ML study groups at the moment.

The crises of 1997 and 2001 brought untold misery to millions of people who suffer in the ‘real’ capitalist economy – the economy of factory closures, foreclosed mortgages and pension fund losses. There is no doubt that the present crisis is the most acute and destructive in the history of capitalism.

One need but consider the fate of young working-class couples who have just scrambled onto the bottom rung of the housing ladder, only to have their feet kicked out from under them by negative equity. Or consider those workers who have seen their final salary pensions melt before their eyes, after the two previous outbreaks of market turmoil convinced the bourgeoisie that this was yet another aspect of ‘welfare capitalism’ that needed ditching in the battle to protect their profits.

If capitalism cannot resurrect demand through building the debt mountain higher, it must instead try to tackle the other end of the overproduction crisis: it must trash the very productive forces it has brought into being in the first place, thus revealing itself as the real enemy of all social progress.

However, making people homeless, stealing their jobs, robbing their pensions and imposing below-inflation wage deals, whilst perhaps saving the bourgeois hide for a while, can in the long run only stoke up yet worse crises of overproduction, as effective demand is further undermined by the further impoverishment of the masses.

Whether the lords of high finance can postpone for a few more years the decisive crash of the world financial system is beyond scientific prediction. What is clear however is that every ‘smart’ move capitalism makes to save itself from its own insoluble contradictions only succeeds in further tightening the noose of history around its throat.

Even in the midst of the miseries such crises inflict, let the proletariat rejoice in this knowledge and organise to overthrow this decadent, parasitic system once and for all!

The Easter Uprising & the October Revolution

Gerry MacLochlainn, prominent Irish Republican, relates the significance of the 1916 Easter uprising, in Dublin, Ireland, that was a pivotal moment in the struggle of the Irish people for independence from British imperialism.

Speaking in Saklatvala Hall, Southall, at a meeting of the CPGB-ML to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the October Revolution, Gerry says that both the Great October 1917 Russian Revolution – which marks its centenary this year – and the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, were part of the same great world-wide anti-imperialist struggle to free the working peoples of all countries from the pernicious grip of imperialism.

“The October Revolution and the Easter Rising were two of the most seismic events in humanity’s struggle for liberation.” Continue reading “The Easter Uprising & the October Revolution”