- Created: Monday, 24 April 2017 11:29
Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths has released the following statement today (April 23), following an extended meeting of the party's Political Committee in London yesterday:
'The working class and peoples of England, Scotland and Wales face a stark choice on June 8: whether to vote for more austerity, privatisation, growing inequality, militarism and war; or to elect a left-led Labour government with policies to enhance our public services, invest in industry and housing, combat poverty, safeguard the environment, liberate the trade unions, promote social justice and pursue an independent foreign policy based on peace and international solidarity.
Theresa May and the Tories want a bigger Commons majority in order to force through a raft of policies opposed by many millions of people in Britain, including:
⦁ Five more years of austerity and privatisation of the NHS and other public services.
⦁ The reintroduction of grammar and therefore, in effect, of secondary modern schools.
⦁ A new round of anti-trade union laws, aimed at workers in public transport, education and other important services.
⦁ Renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system under US control, at a cost of more than £150bn.
In particular, May and her closest allies want to negotiate an agreement with the EU that would keep Britain in the European Single Market in all but name, which would mean no return of democratic control over trade, capital movements, public investment (including state aid for industry), procurement policy, agriculture or over the super-exploitation of migrant labour. Almost certainly, too, Britain would have to pay an extortionate 'exit fee' and grant favourable access to EU citizens wishing to live or work here - concessions which would be opposed by at least some anti-EU Tory MPs.