'The Welsh Assembly referendum result is a victory for the people despite the desire of the establishment to exclude real politics and popular campaigning', Communist Party Welsh Secretary Rick Newnham declared today (Friday, March 4).

  'They want to manage devolution with greater powers to tinker with the status quo, but understand its potential as a weapon for far-reaching reforms in the interests of the working class and the mass of the Welsh people', he commented.

  'The question now is whether the National Assembly will use its new legislative powers to plan more public sector housing, restructure higher education in the interests of the Welsh economy, culture and society and roll back the privatisation of public services', Mr Newnham added.

  Welsh Communists have also been first party after the referendum result to call for financial powers for the National Assembly.

  Meeting in Pontypridd, the Communist Party's Welsh secretariat insisted that the Welsh Assembly needed 'borrowing and tax-raising' powers to 'break its total dependency on an unfairly calculated block grant from London' and to 'fund the kind of policies that Wales needs in the 21st century'.

  This policy will form part of the Communist Party's manifesto - 'Real Power for the people of Wales' - at the National Assembly elections on May 5.

  As in 2007, the Communists will contest all five regions, qualifying again for party election broadcasts on radio and television.

  The party's lists will be headed by its General Secretary Robert Griffiths in South Wales Central, Deeside Trades Council secretary Trevor Jones (North Wales), cultural worker Catrin Ashton (Mid and West Wales), community campaigner Roy Evans (South Wales East) and trade union representative John Morrissey (South Wales West).

  'We will fight the election on a platform of broad-based militant opposition to public spending cuts and the need for a genuine "People's Parliament" for Wales', Rick Newnham announced.

  'But we oppose any introduction of the Alternative Vote system, which fails to produce even the limited degree of proportional representation that the Additional Member system achieves in the Welsh Assembly'.