Communist Party

What We Stand For

Submitted by Administrator on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:07

Communism did not start with Karl Marx, or with the Russian Revolution of 1917. In Britain, a rich historical seam of communist ideas dates back to the Middle Ages and beyond. The desire for a future based on peace, cooperation, community and common, wealth has long inspired the peoples of England, Scotland and Wales.

At times of great crisis, such as the Peasants' Revolt (1381), the English Revolution (1640), and the Chartist uprisings of the 1830s and 1840s, communist ideas have come to the fore, voicing the hopes of working people.

Role of the Communist Party in the wider movement

Submitted by Administrator on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:02

Relationship to the Labour Party and trade union movement

The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only:

(1) in the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of nationality.
(2) In the various stages of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.

Scottish Communist's condolences to Communist Party of Cuba

Submitted by Administrator on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:34

Comrades Raul Castro

First Secretary of the Central Committee

Communist Party of Cuba

c. Her Excellency Comrade Teresita Vincente Sotolongo, the Cuban Ambassador to the United Kingdom

  

1 December 2016

Dear Comrade Raul Castro

The Scottish Committee of the Communist Party of Britain sends its deepest condolences to the Communist Party of Cuba on the death of Comrade Fidel Castro.  

Comrade Fidel was an inspiration to all those fighting for a world free from exploitation and oppression.

UCS Work In - John Foster in Clydebank

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 15:54

The UCS Work In was a heroic victory of the Scottish working class, led by shop stewards many of whom were Communists.

Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (UCS) was a British shipbuilding consortium created in 1968 as a result of the amalgamation of five major shipbuilders of the River Clyde in Scotland. It entered liquidation amidst much controversy in 1971, leading to a famous "work-in" campaign at the company's shipyards, led by a number of Communist shop stewards, incuding Jimmy Airlie and Jimmy Reid.

Scottish Communism & Red Clydeside

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 15:21

Willie Gallacher was Communist MP for West Fife for many years. Our speaker Jim Whyte was Scottish Secretary of the Young Communist League and helped in Gallacher's political campaigning. Jim is in a unique position to speak from his first hand knowledge of a great leader of Red Clydeside who had it out with Lenin in Russia, but who eventually came round to Lenin's way of thinking!

How can we maximise the communist contribution to the class struggle?

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:48

THE world is entering its most dangerous phase since imperialism proclaimed eternal victory over the Soviet Union and socialism in the early 1990s.

People everywhere were promised a New World Order of peace, disarmament, democracy and social justice. Instead, capitalism’s general crisis has reasserted itself in two decades of war, genocide, repression, mass migration, economic and financial crisis, global warming and environmental degradation.

Young Communists - join the YCL!

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:46

Since its formation in the 1920s, the Young Communist League has insisted that working people can build a new type of and a better world. A society based on co-operation, common ownership, solidarity and peace.

The starting point is to mobilise young people in uniting our labour movement and progressive organisations to resist capitalist exploitation, oppression, fascism and war. And to win improvements and reforms for the youth and working people as a whole whenever possible.

90 Years Strong

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:45

History is not neutral, nor should it be seen as in the past. A lot can be learnt about how to fight today's challenges by examining how previous generations went about fighting similar attacks from the ruling class. Many of these were struggles conducted in even worse conditions than we face today.

Most histories of the Communist Party (CP) in Britain have been written from a hostile right-wing or far-left stance. During the cold war that hostility turned into downright lies and distortion.

Britain's Road to Socialism - Simon Steel

Submitted by Administrator on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 15:57

What does it mean to be a Communist in modern day Britain? How do Communists work to achieve a revolutionary change in the society in which we live?
How do Communists act in general and in broader alliances and groups? How important is education to a Communist?

The Communist Party of Britain's program is called Britain's Road to Socialism. Simon Steel, in charge of Marxist educational work and then Scottish Secretary of the Communist Party, leads off a discussion of this program for revolutionary change.