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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

European Union and the British Left

Can the broad left in Britain peruse strategies to oppose the Tory/Liberal coalition government and the European Union effectively if it chooses not to be a part of the EuropeanLEFT with the Communist Party of Austria, Communist Party of Belgium, Czech Party of Democratic Socialism, Estonian United Left Party, French Communist Party, German Left Die Linke, Greek Coalition of the Left of Movements and Ecology, The Hungarian Communist Workers' Party, Italian Communist Refoundation Party, The Left Luxembourg, French: La Gauche, Left Bloc Portugal, Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova, Romanian Socialist Alliance Party, Sammarinese Communist Refoundation, United Left Spain, Communist Party of Spain, United and Alternative Left Catalonia and Spain, Swiss Party of Labour, Communist Party of Rumania?



  1. This doesn’t have to be contradictory with a British road to socialism or Left Alternative and as internationalist it follows that we should be working with communists, socialists, left-greens and social-democrats within the European Union for a socially progressive alternative to the right-wing agenda of the Lisbon Treaty. This is the question that the Alliance for Green Socialism, Communist Party of Britain and Socialist Party has to address. We don’t have to support the pro-federalist or the pro-nationalist parties to be for an alternative political and economic solution to the social problems faced by the people of Britain and our fellow workers and their families across Europe.

  2. Marxists need to analysis of concrete realities of globalized finance capital and the need for socialist unity with the European Left and GUE/NGL grouping of fellow communist, socialist and left/green within the European Union. If the broad left in Britain, Europe and Scandinavia are to mount an effective fight back against the interests of the capitalist classes and their institutions of global governance such as the IMF, WTO, World Bank, EU and the European Central Bank in the interests of the working class then there needs to be left unity against the forces of the global and national capitalist class and state.

  3. The European left comes to London

    Mick Carty claims he agrees with Kate Hudson

    ‘‘Communist Party of Britain and the Young Communist League opposed the ELP as it reflected and accepted the structures of the anti-democratic, neoliberal and imperialist EU’’

    (Mick Carty, 28th August 2011)


    ‘‘As the crisis has escalated it has become clear that those who run the capitalist system are prepared to do anything to protect their interests and to avoid paying for their crisis….. But many people are now recognising the limitations of solely national protest. Voices from across Europe are calling for a convergence of struggles, for fronts of resistance everywhere which will assert the primacy of human need over the demands of finance.’’

    (Kate Hudson, 16th August 2011)


    Has Mick Carty missed the point?

  4. There is a real opportunity for Left Unity between communists, socialists and the green/left at the Europe against Austerity Conference to form a new historic bloc, unity is strength.

    Francis Wurtz of the Parti Communiste Français is President of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left Group of MEP’s and Pierre Laurent is President of the European Left Group as well as National Secretary of the Parti Communiste Français.

    The United Left/Nordic Green Left Group and European Left Group form a link between communist, socialist and the green left across Europa which the Communist Party of Britain, Socialist Party and Alliance for Green Socialism should be allied with in the fightback against the capitalist offensive against the people of Britain and Europe.

  5. President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick warns that the global economy is entering the ‘‘danger zone’’ and Christine Lagarde head of the IMF tells the world’s leaders to do more to prevent another lurch towards the abyss. Today we see the stock markets continue slide with the FTSE 100 index down below the 5000 mark at 4967.4 points as fears of a global recession/depression continue, after poor projections from America's central bank and manufacturing figures for China and the Eurozone increasing the call for a third package of quantitative easing.

    Plan ‘A’ or Plan ‘A+’ isn’t enough to stop the British, European or global economy from going over the edge into the vortex of a global recession/depression. What is needed is for the left parties and labour movement to lead the demand for an alternative, free market capitalism has failed. We either see a return to a neo-Keynesian form of managed welfare capitalism Plan ‘B’ extended beyond the developed nations to the developing nations as the progressive option for capitalism or further regression into the economics of the 1930’s and a rise of the far-right fascist parties.

    If the social-democratic parties fail to revive the Keynesian model of welfare capitalism and extended it to the developing world then we may truly be in the final and highest stage of capitalism as Vladimir Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg put it one hundred years ago. The future is either socialism or barbarism, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and George Osborne and the coalition government want to follow the policies followed by the British national government of the 1930’s, these would result in a long depression which it could take ten to twenty years to recover from.

    This has to be socially unacceptable to the people of Britain, Europe and Scandinavia and why the European Conference Against Austerity & Privatisation being held on 1st of October in London called by an initiative from Pierre Laurent, the national secretary of the French Communist Party should be attended by the leadership of all the left parties and major unions. The crisis of global capitalism requires an international response from our political leaders. Anything less is an abdication of their duty and of the dialectic-material reality which we face, this is where we pursue a Plan ‘B+’ which leads to Plan ‘C’ which follows a British and European road to socialism.


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