The Communist Party is calling for a big turn-out for the People’s Assembly demonstration in London on Saturday. Communists will be marching behind a new banner with the slogan ‘Unemployment Fightback! Join the Struggle for Jobs, Homes, Peace’.
International secretary John Foster told the CP Political Committee on Wednesday evening (June 23) that while the Conservative government is preparing real-terms cuts to the budgets needed for a post-Covid recovery, military spending will jump by 20 per cent over the next two years. He strongly condemned the government’s decision to sail the guided-missile warship HMS Defender inside Crimean territorial waters directly opposite Russia’s Sevastopol naval base.
‘This is yet another instance of the Johnson government’s reckless disregard for international conventions as well as its wider participation in NATO’s dangerous military build-up in eastern Europe and off the coast of China’, Mr Foster declared. The flaunting of this £1.2 billion warship also symbolised, hesaid, the government’s failure to grasp people’s anger at its failureto respond to the suffering and destruction caused by itsmishandling of the Covid pandemic.
The CP reaffirmed its call for the Labour Party leadership to oppose NATO war games and develop instead an independent foreign and defence policy for Britain.