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Communists condemn neoliberalism's 'deadly damage' to emergency defences

'Ten years of neoliberal economic and financial policies have done deadly damage to our defences against health and other public emergencies', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (March 25). 

Reporting to an online meeting of the party's Political Committee, General Secretary Robert Griffiths attacked the past ten years of spending cuts, tax relief for the rich and big business and the outsourcing and privatisation of public services.  'Almost every capitalist government is now compelled to use methods deployed so effectively by the Chinese authorities to counter the Covid-19 virus, based on state intervention, planning and control of essential industries and services', Mr Griffiths pointed out. 

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Communist Party of Britain statement on the Covid-19 crisis

COVID 19 2871Decades of capitalist globalisation and neoliberal economic policies have left Britain and many other countries in a far worse condition to meet the challenge of a pandemic such as the Covid-19 crisis.

In particular, the failure to rectify the deep structural problems of an economy dominated by the banks and their financial markets means that the Covid-19 pandemic has broken out as the international capitalist economy is heading for the brink of another economic downturn made worse by financial speculation and panic.

Privatisation, financialisation, a disproportionate concentration of investment in the military-industrial sphere, huge tax cuts for the rich and big business and an obsession with extending free markets in commodities of all kinds - including capital and labour - have left the national and local state apparatus incapable of meeting the complex challenges now facing us all.

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Address to the 23rd Congress of the German Communist Party

(DKP)Frankfurt, February 29 2020 by Robert Griffiths, General Secretary, Communist Party of Britain

"Dear Comrades,

RG China press conferenceGreetings from the Executive Committee and members of the Communist Party of Britain, now happy to be outside the European Union.  Our party has always opposed the monopoly capitalist European Union and its forerunners, all of which have their origins in the Cold War and the need to rebuild state-monopoly capitalism in Western Europe.  In the 2016 referendum, we campaigned alongside the majority of the Marxist left in Britain to leave the European Union (which is not Europe - much though the EU Commission wants us to believe they are one and the same).  Make no mistake, comrades, the result of that referendum - in favour of 'Brexit' - was a major defeat for the British ruling class.

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