THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 14th December 2018


National News

Harry’s Last Stand

by Neil Clark-Sputnik

THE WORLD is a poorer place for the passing of World War Two veteran, writer and social justice campaigner Harry Leslie Smith, aka ‘The World’s Oldest Rebel’, who died on 28th November in hospital in Canada at the age of 95. The term ‘inspirational’ is often overused nowadays but there is no hyperbole when it is applied to the extraordinary Harry Leslie Smith. The son of a coal miner, Smith was born in Barnsley, in Yorkshire, in February 1923.

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Hold the Front Page

by New Worker correspondent

YET ANOTHER group of workers employed by Newsquest, the British branch of the aptly named American multinational Gannett, are taking industrial action against the company’s cost cutting. Cumbria is the latest battleground where 100 people have been made redundant since Newsquest took over CN Group last march, according to the Nation Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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Rubbish Deal

by New Worker correspondent

REFUSE collectors working for Veolia UK in Cheshire are to take strike action just before Christmas in a dispute over unpaid shifts. Workers at the company’s Ditton Road Widnes depot are employed on a contract that requires them to undertake five shifts in seven days — however, the workers are not paid if they work a sixth shift in a seven day period. Unsurprisingly dissatisfied by this, Unite members at the depot have voted overwhelmingly for strike action, with 78.3 per cent favouring action on a 92 per cent turnout.

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‘Carillion Mark Two’

by New Worker correspondent

UNIONS are demanding that the government live up to its responsibilities to workers at Interserve, whose share price collapsed last week following the revelation that it was carrying £500 million debt and was planning to issue new shares that would be its second rescue this year. This came in the wake of it winning a £25-million contract to redevelop the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Edukashun Newz

THE SNP’s school reforms, optimistically entitled Curriculum for Excellence, are showing their worth according to recently released figures. They show that 71 per cent of primary pupils were believed to have achieved the expected standard of literacy, at least according to their teachers.

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Deep Fried Christmas

There is a great deal of controversy over the origins of the deep fried Mars Bar. Some claim it was invented as a derogatory metaphor for the Scottish diet by a journalist in the mid-1990s whilst Carron fish Bar in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, proudly claim to have invented it in 1992.

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Charity Mongering

This was not, of course, the only case of seasonable do-gooding. Saturday night saw a claimed 12,000 sanctimonious charity mongers and publicity seekers headed off to the annual “Sleep in the Park” events in the four main cities, where they spend the night to “raise awareness of the homeless” so that those who are unaware of the existence of homelessness learn of the existence of the problem

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Peace, Justice, Right of return!

by New Worker correspondent

LAST Saturday the voice of Palestine was heard in north Wales at a meeting organised by the Conwy Peace Group. Over 50 people attended a meeting for Palestine at the Community Centre, Craig-a-Don, Llandudno to hear speakers including: Dr Ben Alofs, who has worked in Palestine and Beirut; Dr Madjdi Azeel, a scientist from Gaza; Hanna Larn, an Ecumenical Accompanier just back from the West Bank; Joseph O’Neil, from Chester Stop the War; and Marc Wadsworth, a veteran anti-racist campaigner now expelled from the Labour Party as part of the witch-hunt by the Zionists and Blairites against the supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

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A school for Christmas

by New Worker correspondent

THE FESTIVE season kicked off with a national weekend school last weekend that drew comrades to London to hear John Maryon, Alex Kempshall and Andy Brooks open discussions on the United Front, Economic Problems of the USSR, and Ultra-leftism and social-democracy.

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Remembering Kim Jong Il

by New Worker correspondent

KOREAN friendship activists met to hear speakers, including the Democratic Korean (DPRK) ambassador, talk about the outstanding achievements of Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a meeting in central London last weekend. Called by Remembering Kim Jong Ilthe Korean Friendship Association (KFA), the meeting was opened by Dermot Hudson who said that we are not here to mourn the life of the Kim Jong Il, who died at his post in December 2011, but to celebrate it as part of the struggle for socialism

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Guardiola speaks out against racism

Xinhua

MANCHESTER City coach Pep Guardiola has spoken out against racism in football and society, saying that it is a deep-rooted problem in society. Guardiola was speaking to the press on Tuesday after Manchester City’s winger, Raheem Sterling, was abused by a group of Chelsea fans during Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge, with the images shown around the world on TV.

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International News

Russian bombers land in Venezuela

Sputnik

TWO RUSSIAN Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 heavy-lift military transport and an IL-62 plane have flown from Russia to Venezuela, landing at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in the capital Caracas, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday. The flight was conducted over the Atlantic Ocean, the Barents Sea, the Sea of Norway and the Caribbean Sea. The planes have flown a distance of over 10,000 km (about 6,213 miles).

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Mass protests in France spill over border

Radio Havana Cuba

IN FRANCE, the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests continued for a fourth consecutive week. An estimated 130,000 people took to the streets across the country over the weekend, resulting in over 1,700 arrests

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Zionist moves to unseat communist leader in Haifa

Communist Party of Israel

PRIME Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the most prominent of a growing list of far-right Israeli political figures calling for rescinding the appointment of Communist Raja Zaatry as deputy major of Haifa.

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Ex-Ford execs guilty of torture during dictatorship

Telesur

AN ARGENTINEAN court has convicted two former directors of the Ford Motor Company of kidnap and torture during the last military dictatorship. Pedro MÜller and Hector Sibila were found guilty in connection with the kidnapping and torture of workers at the Ford plant in General Pacheco city during the 1976—83 military dictatorship.

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Features

‘Yellow Vests’ challenge French political establishment

Sputnik

The French government will abandon the idea of raising taxes on fuel and electricity if consultations fail to produce a good solution, French premier Edouard Philippe said last week. Sputnik discussed the prospects of the government meeting the demands of protesters with Nawar Kassomeh, a PhD candidate in politics from Lancaster University

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The peace process continues in Korea despite the Americans

by Joshua Hanks Workers World (US)

OVER the past few months the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and south Korea have taken historic, concrete steps toward peace and reunification — from removing landmines and guard towers in the Demilitarised Zone to reconnecting roads and railroads between the two countries. In October, after several meetings over the summer between the leaders of the north and south, the DPRK’s Ri Son Gwon, chair of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification, met with south Korea’s Unification Minister Cho Myung Gyon and signed a memorandum of understanding to reconnect roads and rails

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The struggle against exploitation and imperialist war

by Andy Brooks

Delegations from 91 communist parties, representing 73 countries, took part in the 20th international meeting of communist and workers’ parties that was held in the Greek capital of Athens last month. New Communist Party (NCP) leader Andy Brooks, together with Peter Hendy from the Central Committee, took part in the congress at the headquarters of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), where the first conference began in 1998. The theme of the meeting was the task of the working class and its political vanguard in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars. This is the NCP’s contribution to the debate.
WE MEET AGAIN at a time of sharpening contradictions — and the primary contradiction in the world today is that between US imperialism and the rest of the world it seeks to dominate. When the Cold War ended the bourgeoisie of Europe as a whole closed ranks behind the US bid to rule the world in the name of the “new world order”. They supported US “regime change” in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, and supported US efforts to overthrow the Syrian government

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