CP general secretary Robert Griffiths, visited Cambridge as part of the national speaking tour. He spoke to 80 students and teachers in a lunchtime meeting at Hill's Road Sixth Form College - with dozens turned away. Later he visited Ranjani Palme Dutt's old school, The Perse School,  to speak about Dutt and imperialism to an audience of all years from the school, but which also included the head teacher and teachers. In the evening he spoke at the biggest CP meeting in the City in living memory.

In a hectic day, Griffiths spoke at the college about Socialism and politics and literally ran out of time to deal with questions and contributions from the floor. Of particular interest to the audience was the nature of socialism, what communists would do when in government and developments in China. At the school he talked about imperialism and about the role of the Dutt family in Cambridge. Ranjani's father had been a doctor amongst the city's poor and he went on to become a leader of the CP and an influential figure in the struggle against fascism with a broad range of international contacts which included Lenin. Through his Swedish mother, Palme Dutt was even related to Olaf Palme the respected Swedish Prime Minister. Dutt is best known as a scourge of imperialism and Griffiths was able to relate students to the continuing relevance of Ranjani's analysis of British imperialism, especially its predatory activity in the Middle East.

In the evening the general secretary was joined by CP executive member Ben Stevenson, and they spoke to an open meeting of the local party branch which included students, health workers, local taxi drivers, scientists from the University, airport and print workers, church activists and teachers, IT specialists and the anti cuts movement, about the problems of Britain.

He savaged the Prime Minister for his doom laden and viscous cuts programme and the Chancellor who missed opportunity after opportunity to protect working people in his recent disastrous budget. He said that the government "knew no other way." They were driven to cuts because there was no 'plan b'. Government did what it was instructed to by big monopoly business. There was he said, " A role for communists to lift the veil over peoples eyes so that they could see there was no need for cuts. Indeed Britain remained the sixth most powerful economy in the world." According to its own figures, British capitalism owns more capital outside its own shores than any other capitalist class except for that of America. So, contemporary British politics turned over who would direct and who would own the wealth produced by the people.

The answer was, "To go head to head with those who are bleeding the country dry, squeezing super profits and siphoning them away and abroad. There was abundant profits in the CIty and we should demand that the government impose taxes on the major banks, pharmaceutical companies, giant retail monopolies and the oil giants". If the government would not do this, and he thought it extremely unlikely even under pressure from a mass movement, then that movement could legitimately demand the demise of the government. "No one voted for what they are getting now" he said. He referred to the Lib Dem candidate he had stood against in Cardiff, during the general election. This candidate asked for votes so that the Lib Dems could become the main opposition to the Tories. Within days, this same party was in league with the Conservatives, united in a programme of destruction of means of production, jobs and public services on a "Scale not known since the early 1930s".

Both Griffiths and Stevenson pointed to the need to continue to build the mass anti cuts movement. Griffiths called for this building to be associated with the re building of the CP in every City and town. Cambridge CP he said, "Was an example to others of what could be achieved." He ended by inviting people to join the CP as a leading force engaged in defence of the people, opposition to the government, but most importantly, promoting an alternative. This alternative was socialism. In all three meetings, the question of alternatives was raised.