'No to Cuts! Tax the Rich!' will be the campaigning theme of Welsh Communists in the forthcoming local elections.


The party will be contesting eight wards in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenafon on May 3, on a platform of total opposition to cuts in public services and jobs and the party's manifesto Real Power for the People and Communities of Wales will be launched at a media conference in Cardiff on Friday, April 13 (details and statement below).
'The Tory-LibDem regime at Westminster and its New Labour predecessors have pledged £1,400 billion to bail out the banks and financial markets', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths remarked, 'yet they claim we cannot afford £213 billion for vital public services and benefits over the next four years'.
Mr Griffiths, who is standing in his local community of Splott, Cardiff, claimed that Wales will be hit disproportionately hard by the cuts, which he estimated would amount to at least £16 billion.
But he poured scorn on the 'Tweedledee, Tweedledum' election campaigns of Labour, the LibDems and the Tories in the capital city.
'They have no policies for public services, jobs, housing or public transport - but are unanimous in their opposition to litter and dog droppings', he commented.


Catrin Ashton, who is standing in her home village of Bedlinog, Merthyr Tydfil, welcomed the scrapping of plans to build a giant waste incinerator at Brig y Cwm and called for a council-led drive to invest in more recycling and alternative waste disposal technology.

 She also urged the Welsh government and local authorities to help workers with disabilities who, she said, were 'devastated by the penny-pinching closure of Remploy factories in Merthyr and across south Wales, to be carried out after a financial report from KPMG, one of the City of London firms floating on an ocean of public money'.


Candidate David Brown highlighted the plight of valley communities such as Blaenafon.

'Our local hospital has closed, Torfaen Borough Council bulldozed the leisure centre and swimming pool and the world's so-called "local bank", HSBC, is shutting, leaving the town with no local bank and just one cash-point', Mr Brown pointed out.


The Communists call for 'broad-based community campaigns' against the public spending cuts, making no secret of their support for a 'wider, more generalised wave of popular action, including strikes, to stop the Tory-LibDem government in its tracks'. The party's manifesto, 'Real Power for the People and Communities of Wales', also demands more fund-raising powers for local government and the National Assembly of Wales.