THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 15th March 2019


National News

Blair advises Macron on how to derail Brexit

FORMER Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has secretly been advising French President Emmanuel Macron on how to stymie the UK’s attempts to leave the European Union (EU), the Daily Telegraph has revealed.

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Skripals now prisoners says Russia

Sputnik

BRITAIN insists that the Skripals enjoy freedom of movement and communication, but a detailed report compiled by the Russian Embassy in London appears to prove otherwise

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Great support for UC service centre strikes

by New Worker correspondent

INDUSTRIAL action by civil service union PCS members in Universal Credit (UC) over unmanageable workloads was strongly supported this week with a great turnout on picket lines and a solidarity message from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The strikers at Walsall and Wolverhampton UC service centres were taking action on Monday and Tuesday over workloads and staff recruitment

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Workers strike in Newark

by New Worker correspondent

TWENTY-SEVEN workers at the Grinding Department of NSK Bearings in Newark, Nottinghamshire are in the middle of a three-week strike in a work/life balance dispute

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Scottish Labour’s Conference

LAST weekend the Scottish Labour Party held its annual conference in Dundee’s Caird Hall. The venue was a step up from recent years when they headed to the smaller Perth Concert Hall, which could be carefully draped to disguise the shortage of delegates. That does not alter the fact that the once dominant Labour Party remains in third place in Scotland however, behind the mis-ruling SNP and the Tory Party.

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The Tartan Left

From the gravity of high politics we now enter the realm of a real-life world of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Judea verses the Judean Popular Front, to examine the various organisations that each claim to be the sole means of salvation for the working class. There are presently three parties that emerged from faction fighting within the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), which once had six MSPs

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Another view on Brexit REVIEW

by Ben Soton

The EU and Brexit Questions and Answers by Robert Griffiths. Communist Party of Britain. £1.00. THIS PAMPHLET by Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), is a source of useful information on Brexit. The CPB and the New Communist Party both support withdrawal from the European Union (EU) and advocated Leave in the People’s Vote of 2016

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Marx — thinker and revolutionary

by New Worker correspondent

KARL MARX died in London on 14th March 1883 but his memory lives on in his works, and those of his life-long comrade Frederick Engels, that are the foundation stones of scientific socialism

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International News

The quality of democracy in China

by Liang Jun and Bianji People’s Daily (Beijing)

THOSE anticipating confrontation and competition between political parties — as often seen in Western parliaments — will be disappointed at China’s ongoing ‘two sessions’

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US behind Venezuelan power cuts

Telesur

NICOLáS MADURO has reported that he will ask for the support of the United Nations (UN) and countries with experience in cyber-attacks such as China, Russia, Iran and Cuba

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Iran warns Israel against any action at sea

Sputnik

TEHRAN “will firmly respond” to any Israeli navy attempts to hamper Iran’s oil sales, the Iranian Minister of Defence Amir Hatami stated on Wednesday. He also said that if Israel moved against Iran it would be seen as “piracy” and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic will continue exporting crude oil despite US efforts to stop it through sanction

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France Albert Rene: 1935—2019

FRANCE Albert Rene, the former president of the Seychelles, died on the 27th February. Rene was president of the Seychelles from 1977 to 2004. During his rule the Seychelles had a progressive, anti-imperialist and socialist orientation. Seychelles President Danny Faure said that Rene was the “modern architect of the Seychelles” and “a true patriot who cared about his country and people”.

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Features

BÉla Lugosi: actor union leader, anti-fascist

by Mike Kuhlenbeck Workers World (US)

HUNGARIAN actor BÉla Lugosi was crowned “Hollywood’s Prince of Darkness” for his portrayal of the vampire Count Dracula in several films. Today, however, few people know that he was also a union leader and anti-fascist who fought real-life monsters.

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The Day of the Shining Star

by Dermot Hudson

I VISITED the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in February, at the invitation of the Korea Committee For Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, to attend the Day of the Shining Star. The Day of the Shining Star, on 16th February, was the 77th anniversary of the birth of the late Korean leader Kim Jong Il. It was my 16th visit to the DPRK but although I have visited the DPRK many times, I had never before visited for the Day of the Shining Star nor in February. I was greeted at Pyongyang airport by Ms Yun So Hyon of the British desk of the Cultural Relations Committee (CRC), who appears in the films The Propaganda Game and Liberation Day, and by Mrs Ri, also of the British desk of the CRC. To my surprise we were driven not to the Yangkaddo Hotel but the Koryo Hotel.

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For a better tomorrow

by Andy Brooks

New Communist Party (NCP) leader Andy Brooks took part in the 27th Wanshou Forum at the Renmin University of China (RUC) in Bejing last month. The Forum was initiated by the International Department of the Communist Party of China in early 2016, and it aims to provide an open and inclusive international exchange for Chinese and overseas political leaders, think-tank scholars and academics to help build a community with a shared future for humanity and a better world. Andy Brooks took part in the closing ceremony and this is the New Communist Party of Britain’s contribution to the debate. THE communist party is based upon the revolutionary principles of Marxism-Leninism. Our purpose is to equip the working class so that it can establish working-class state power and then build a socialist society. Bourgeois democracy is democracy for the exploiters and dictatorship for the exploited. Bourgeois elections, when they are held, are used so that the smallest number of people can manipulate the largest number of votes.

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