Reporting to the Communist Party’s executive committee at the weekend [16/17 January], international secretary John Foster stressed the key importance of developing a mass movement around the People’s Charter to halt the impending cuts, to resist closures and to demand that the government intervenes to redevelop the productive economy.

The call for a Labour victory, and for the defeat of the Tories, must be combined with the development of a trade union-led mass movement for alternative policies.  Otherwise a Labour victory will simply mean more defeats for working people and the productive economy.  It’s banking speculation that caused the crisis not public spending.  It’s a class issue.  Labour must be what it was founded to do: to be a class party that defends the interests of the 90 per cent of the population who sell their labour power’, Mr Foster declared.


The Party’s executive commended the speed and scale of the rescue missions launched by Cuba, Venezuela and China to assist the people of Haiti.  It also highlighted the failure to secure a binding and effective agreement to reduce carbon emissions at Copenhagen and the threat this poses to the many of the world’s poorest and most exploited peoples.

Copenhagen saw an attempt to bulldoze through a settlement that would have left power and control in the hands of the Western-based monopolies – with no technology transfer and grossly insufficient funding to enable non-industrialised economies to plan their economic development on a low basis, Mr Foster pointed out.  He urged that efforts should now be directed to secure a binding agreement of this kind in Mexico in December.

Britain’s Communists expressed their support for the working people of Iceland and all those across the EU refusing to bow to the bankers’ demands that the financial crisis be resolved at the expense of jobs and living standards.  The CP executive also welcomes the decision of the European Human Rights court to rule as illegal the invasion of Iraq but warned of the threat to wider civil liberties posed by the banning of UK4Islam and the holding of the first non-jury trial.