An action packed election special from the communists in Wales including details of important forthcoming events: Welsh Election Question Time invite, a Pre - election CP Day School for members and supporters, anti fascist activities in Cardiff and a meeting for communists in the public sector. ALSO: details of a post election Morning Star Conference.

 

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  1. ‘MAKE THE FAT CATS PAY FOR CRISIS' DEMAND COMMUNISTS 
  2. PRE-ELECTION DAY SCHOOL 
  3. SEARCHLIGHT CYMRU ELECTION DAY OF ACTION 
  4. COMMUNISTS INVITED TO WELSH QUESTION TIMES 
  5. COMMUNIST ELECTION APPEAL 
  6. MAKE PALESTINE THE ISSUE 
  7. NO TO THE FASCIST WDL & EDL IN CARDIFF - BUILD A UNITED DEMONSTRATION TO OPPOSE THEM AND CELEBRATE CARDIFF'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY
  8. POST ELECTION WALES MORNING STAR CONFERENCE ATTRACTS LEADING POLITICAL SPEAKERS 
  9. CALLING ALL UNISON COMRADES IN WALES
  10. IVOR REES PENS AN ARTILCE ON T. E. NICLAS FOR THE JOURNAL OF THE POLITICAL ARCHIVE OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY 
  11. DIARY OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS 

1. MAKE THE FAT CATS PAY FOR CRISIS' DEMAND COMMUNISTS

 

Britain's Communist Party has responded to the General Election announcement with a warning to the 'workers and peoples of Britain'. 

'The three main parties are colluding in a three-card trick to avoid making the rich pay for the crisis', according to Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths.
'New Labour, the Tories and LibDems are all playing the same card - to slash public services - but they won't turn it over and tell us how much is on it.
'In the meantime, the City and big business fat cats will continue to avoid paying for the crisis created by their system, their super-profits and their greed', Mr Griffiths accused.
He insisted that the public finance deficit could be closed by taxing the wealthiest 10 per cent of the population who - according to the Office of National Statistics report Wealth in Great Britain (2009) - own 44 per cent of all the country's declared personal wealth.
'A 1 per cent Wealth Tax on the super-rich would raise around £39 billion a year, a speculation tax on the City another £30 billion a year, and a windfall tax on energy, banking and retail monopoly profits an extra £16 billion', Mr Griffiths declared.
'There is no need to cut public services, sack public servants or attack their pension rights - make the fat cats pay to clear up their own mess', the Communist Party leader demanded.
The party will be standing six candidates in the General Election: Steve Andrew (Sheffield South East), Robert Griffiths (Cardiff South & Penarth), Martin Levy (Newcastle East), Marc Livingstone (Glasgow North West), Gerry Sables (North Devon) and Ben Stevenson (Croydon North).  
If you would like to help out with the Welsh Communist Party’s election campaign in Cardiff South & Penarth then contact Rick at 07973857048

4 COMMUNITS’ INVITE TO WELSH QUESTION TIME

 

See below invite to the Welsh Communist party from the BBC if anyone is interested in being part of the audience then please contact Rick on 07973857048.

 

Dear Rick

 

Following our telephone conversation earlier today, please find further information on the BBC Cymru and BBC Radio Cymru Election programmes.

 

Pawb a'i Farn Election Programme (Welsh Version of Question Time).

We will be broadcasting three live television programmes prior to the Election on S4C - one in North, Mid and South Wales.

 

We would like to extend an invitation for one representative from the Welsh Communist Party to join us in the audience for the programmes -

 

North

Bethesda - Friday, 23rd April

Audience to arrive at 7.30pm - live broadcast on S4C at 9.00pm - 10.00pm.

Dewi Llwyd will be presenting, and joining us on the panel will be -

Guto Bebb on behalf of the Conservatives

Elfyn Llwyd on behalf of Plaid Cymru

Christine Humphries on behalf of the Lib Dems.

Albert Owen on behalf of Labour.

 

Mid

Machynlleth - Friday, 30th April

Audience to arrive at 7.30pm - live broadcast on S4C at 9.00pm - 10.00pm

Dewi Llwyd will be presenting, and joining us on the panel will be -

Suzy Davies on behalf of the Conservatives

Penri James on behalf of Plaid Cymru

Lord Roger Roberts on behalf of the Lib Dems

Alun Davies on behalf of Labour.

 

South

Pontardawe - Monday, 3rd May.

Audience to arrive at 7.30pm - live broadcast on S4C at 9.00pm - 10.00pm

Dewi Llwyd will be presenting, and joining us on the panel will be -

Sian James on behalf of Labour.

Helen Mary Jones on behalf of Plaid Cymru

Aled Roberts on behalf of the Lib Dems.

Paul Davies on behalf of the Conservatives.

 

Hawl i Holi Radio Programme - BBC Radio Cymru

There will be two election radio programmes - similar format to the Pawb a'i Farn programme with 4 members on the panel - but broadcast on the radio.

 

North

Pwllglas, near Ruthin - Monday 26th April

Audience to arrive 6.30pm for a recording.

Dewi Llwyd presenting and joining us on the panel will be

Eleanor Burnham on behalf of the Lib Dems.

Glyn Davies on behalf of the Conservatives

Alwyn Humphreys on behalf of Labour

Dafydd Wigley on behalf of Plaid Cymru.

 

South

Pontyberem - Tuesday, 4th May.

Audience to arrive for 5.00pm - for live broadcast.

Dewi Llwyd presenting and joining us on the panel will be -

Keith Price Davies on behalf of Labour.

Jonathan Edwards on behalf of Plaid Cymru

Steffan John on behalf of the Lib Dems.

Harri Lloyd Davies on behalf of the Conservatives.

 

As I explained on the phone due to editorial guidelines candidates for Arfon - Montgomeryshire - Neath will not be able to attend the audience of the programme being broadcast from their area- but they are able to attend the programme which is not in their constituency.

 

For the Radio programme - this will mean - Clwyd West and Llanelli.


5. COMMUNIST ELECTION APPEAL 

Comrades and friends are urged to contribute what ever they can to the Welsh Communist Party’s election appeal.

 

All donations should be sent to the Welsh Communist Party c/o PO BOX 69, Pontypridd, CF37 9AB with cheques made payable to ‘WCCPB’.

 

Alternatively you can make out a standing order to the Party to support this an future election compaigns; Standing Order forms can be obtained by e-mailing a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7. NO TO THE FASCIST WDL & EDL IN CARDIFF - BUILD A UNITED DEMONSTRATION TO OPPOSE THEM AND CELEBRATE CARDIFF'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

 

This UAF slogan unfortunately doesn’t live up to its actions as Wales’ leading anti racism and anti fascism organisation, Searchlight Cymru, is not invited to the UAF’s organising meeting to oppose the planned EDL demonstration in Cardiff on 5th June 2010..

 

Red Alert has been informed that Searchlight Cymru, nevertheless, will be working to develop a genuine community based response to the planned invasion of the EDL and will work with all anti racism organisations to prevent the day descending into a rent a mob confrontation.

 

 

Below is a report of the recent UAF organizing meeting in Cardiff:

 

I attended the UAF meeting in Transport House this evening. Although the meeting, as expected, was riddled with SWP members, there were a few people of interest there, including Farida Aslam, Plaid candidate in Cardiff South and Penarth, Green Party members, a Plaid member who bigged up Searchlight and a handful of (seemingly) unaligned union activists. 

The first bit of interesting information to come from the event is that the planned June 5th date for activity by the WDL coincides with a) Wales vs. South Africa in the rugby, and b) a Stereophonics concert in the Cardiff City Stadium! This would appear to rule out a demo outside the station as was originally believed. However, it was agreed that planning on a counter demo would go ahead anyway, just in case. 

The general consensus was that the UAF should work with community organisations to mobilise support, and I think the influence of Rob Goddard, former TUC Young Members Co-ordinator and now with Stonewall (who was chairing the meeting), a member of the Muslim community who spoke well, and a member from an Inter Faith Group, seemed to push this message very firmly. It was decided that a broad working group be established constituting all groups that wish to participate.

 

This will meet in two weeks time, although I'm still worried that this will basically consist of the same old people. Plaid and Greens offered to help with publicity.

Also mentioned was;

- Suggested leafleting outside Cardiff City Stadium 24th April
- Contacting Stereophonics and other artists/actors to ask for their support
- Silent Vigil to be held on the Friday before the demo with various faith groups incorporated
- Whitsun leafleting 
- Gain media and public support through use of UAF bulletin
- Promote cause within culture sector, i.e. contact celebs, live poetry sessions (!!) 

Rob Goddard also said that Searchlight had been approached with a view to cooperating on this. I don't know if this is true or not. I believe the organising group will take these ideas forward


8. POST ELECTION WALES MORNING STAR CONFERENCE ATTRACTS LEADING POLITICAL SPEAKERS 

 

The post election Wales Morning Star conference ‘The Way Forward for Wales after the General Election’ to be held in Pontypridd on Saturday 24th July has attracted some of Wales’ leading political figures.

 

The conference will be divided into three sessions, sessions and speakers detailed below:

 

The future of Welsh Public Services

 

Speakers: Dominic Macaskill – UNISON Wales Head of Local Government

Edwina Hart - Health Minister Welsh Assembly Government (Labour Party)

Jill Evans - Member of the European Parliament (Plaid Cymru)

John Haylet - Political Editor Morning Star

 

Increasing the relevance of Trade unions in Wales

 

Speakers: Rob Williams UNITE

Mike Payne GMB

Sian Wibblin PCS

Rob Griffiths - General Secretary, Communist Party of Britain

 

Democracy and the Welsh Assembly

 

Speakers:      Mick Antoniw - prospective A.M Labour candidate

Pippa Barlotti - Greens

Leanne Wood AM - Plaid Cymru

Rick Newnham - Welsh Communist Party


9. CALLING ALL UNISON COMRADES IN WALES

 

Party UNISON members are invited to attend a UNISON Strategy meeting on Saturday 8th May in Preston, 12.00 – 4.00pm in the Station Hotel, Butler Street, Preston PR1 8BN (Just opposite Preston train station).

 

The decision to hold a strategy day was taken at the Party’s Trade Union and Political Cadre School in Wortley Hall in February. Getting comrades together, sharing information and strategies and planning for the future are all key to our development.

 

And there’s much to discuss. UNISON conference takes place in June (the final agenda is published on 7th May); there’s a general secretary election soon and, whoever wins the general election, there will doubtless be a battle ahead to protect jobs, pay and conditions.

 

It’s been some time since we held a National UNISON Advisory and it may be that you are no longer a UNISON member. If I have your details wrong, please update me.  This meeting will be open to all CPB UNISON members so if you know of any new members, feel free to let them know about the meeting.

 

If you intend to come along, please let me know. If you can’t come along but want to be kept informed, please contact me.

 

Looking forward to seeing you in May

Carolyn Jones

Chair

CPB Trade Union Coordinating Committee