A key role in the Cambridge Union debate, 'Has capitalism failed?', a veterans breakfast, a public meeting to launch a campaign to raise a memorial to the International Brigaders who left the university to fight in Spain, two days of freshers fairs and the launch of two new pamphlets, has kept the Cambridge communist party on its toes.
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On Tuesday and Wednesday, activists of the Cambridge University Communist Society staffed up a well stocked stall at the Freshers Fair, signing up 85 expressions of interest. That was a good start to a week, which on Monday had seen two new pamphlets launched - the first a short version of Britain's Road to Socialism and the second, entitled 'Salud!' being a commentary on the sacrifice of the Cambridge volunteers in the International Brigade, including a list of those who served and died.
On the Thursday evening, Robert Griffiths, CP general secretary and Leo Impett, second year engineer and secretary of the Cambridge University Communist Society moved the motion 'Has Capitalism Failed?' - the famous Cambridge Union had two overflow meetings and with over 500 students in attendance, the vote was lost by a narrow margin after a fantastic and very ably chaired debate.
On the Friday morning, the branch hosted a veterans breakfast for comrades Ruth and Frank. Both thrilled the branch committee with tales of previous struggles. Ruth had joined 74 years before in 1938 whilst a student at the University, during the Munich crisis. Her weekly tutor in Marxism classes was none other than Eric Hobsbawm. Comrade Frank - still very active in the branch and a local leader of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign - joined the YCL in 1940 before enlisting in the army where he fought in India. Frank went on to become President of a civil service union at the height of the Cold War. With such comrades, so humble, inspirational and with a vast wealth of experience for us to draw on, how could our branch go wrong?
On the Friday evening the Cambridge University Communist Society and the University Hispanic Society co hosted a public meeting 'Salud- the Cambridge Volunteers'. Over 50 people attended included two of the Basque refugee children brought for safety to Cambridge when their town, Guernica was bombed. The meeting heard Jim Jump secretary of the IBMT, author Richard Baxell an authority on the IB and Dacia Viejo Rose, author and a post doctoral research fellow of the British Academy specialising in conflict in post civil war societies. Her presentation was quite riveting. Cambridge trades council supported the event, not least because Richard Rolph - a previous CTUC secretary - was an IBer. The meeting resolved to campaign for University recognition and a memorial to the 23 brave comrades, many of whom did not return and lie buried on battlefields where they went to block the path of fascism.