Reviewing recent mass protests in Egypt, Portugal, and Greece, Morning Star political editor John Haylett has declared that 'popular mobilisation has the capacity to create new realities'.

  Speaking to the Communist Party of Britain's political committee on Wednesday evening, he welcomed the establishment of a new government in Egypt to replace the Muslim Brotherhood regime of ex-president Mohamed Morsi.
  While warning that the Egyptian armed forces and their US financiers could not be trusted, he hailed the change of regime in Cairo as a 'victory for people power'.
  'Morsi forfeited the victory he won in an election which gave the voters little choice, enforcing neo-liberal and constitutional policies that betrayed the mass of the Egyptian people', Mr Haylett argued. He particularly welcomed the formation of a new government which counts women, Christians and progressives among its ministers.
  He also pointed to the role of organised workers and communists in the ongoing struggles against austerity and privatisation in Portugal, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Italy and elsewhere.
  'Increasingly, communist and left parties and the trade unions can see that membership of the eurozone and of the EU itself are a central part of the problem - and that withdrawal will have to be part of the solution', the former Morning Star editor insisted.
  Turning to Britain, Mr Haylett said that Labour leader Ed Miliband had 'shot himself in the foot' over his party's links with the trade unions, helping the Tories and right-wing media to portray union political influence as malign, sinister and corrupt.
  'Trade union money is the cleanest and most transparent in British politics, paid voluntarily by millions of working people - unlike the sleaze and secrecy that surrounds big business funding of the Tories and recent Labour prime ministers', Mr Haylett accused.
  Britain's communists reaffirmed their view that a Labour victory would be needed at the next general election, but emphasised that only by building the People's Assembly into a militant mass movement based on the trade unions could central government policies be changed fundamentally.
  The Communist Party is also considering standing around six general election candidates in a high-profile campaign against the most right-wing Labour shadow cabinet members.