|Communists call for action against 'savage' cabinet millionaires|
Britain's Communists launched a scathing attack on Chancellor George Osborne's autumn financial statement on Wednesday evening.
His three-year cut in the value of a wide range of welfare benefits was described by Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths as 'a savage attack on working people, the unemployed, the poor and single parents'. Speaking at the party's political committee in London, Mr Griffiths described Osborne's attempt to portray his policy as one which favours workers while punishing 'shirkers' as 'a despicable lie'.
'This is a Cabinet of millionaires who hand tax cuts to the super-rich, City spivs and corporate crooks while slashing income support allowances and tax credits for working people on low incomes', the CPB leader accused.
Citing research from the Resolution Foundation, Mr Griffiths pointed out that the below-inflation 1 per cent freeze would have a particularly devastating effect on millions of women, many of whom are low-paid, carers or single mothers.
Mr Griffiths told the CPB political committee that the new round of cuts confirmed Tory strategy to dismantle Britain's welfare state.
'Together with their little Liberal helpers, they are hell-bent on destroying all the social gains enacted by the 1945-51 Labour government', he warned.
Britain's Communists welcomed the belated decision of the Labour Party front bench at Westminster to vote against the benefit cuts.
'Now the whole labour movement should go into action to fight this Tory-LibDem government's austerity and privatisation programme', Mr Griffiths urged.
'The TUC general council must decide to go all-out to convince trade unionists and the general public that coordinated, generalised strike action is necessary to save public services and the welfare state', he suggested, adding that the Labour Party should also turn to 'extra-parliamentary' campaigning to support its stance in Parliament.
'In its People's Charter, the labour movement has the alternative to tax cuts for the super-rich and big business tax dodgers - now is the time to galvanise mass support for public ownership, progressive taxation and peace', Mr Griffiths concluded.
The CPB political committee also decided to:
* Congratulate the Morning Star editor and staff on the successful launch of a Scottish edition of the paper.
* Accept invitations to attend forthcoming congresses of the French Communist Party and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
* Condemn recent statements by NATO, the US and Britain concerning Turkish military deployment, chemical weapons and the Syrian opposition as 'paving the way for overt imperialist military intervention in Syria'.
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