Communist Party of Britain General Secretary Robert Griffiths and International Secretary John Foster released a statement yesterday (26 December 2020) on the UK-EU Agreement on Trade and Cooperation.
Following news of a winter lockdown, Young Communists in Glasgow have been collecting food donations over the past few months. These food bank drives have been highly successful and have gathered a great and welcome reception from Glaswegians.
Across the UK yesterday, further lockdown measures were announced and plans for a break in the restrictions have been curtailed. As Christmas week looms, the latest measures further highlight the Government’s total failure to contain the virus which has killed tens of thousands across the country since March. Despite repeated lockdowns the country remains in the grips of the deadly virus.
The Young Communist League has issued a statement on the news that for the first time in history, UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, have been forced to intervene to help feed hungry children in Britain this winter.
Britain’s Communists have sounded a sceptical note about the extension of post-Brexit trade talks between the British government and the EU. Addressing the party’s executive over the weekend, Alex Gordon said the continuing talks have “an air of confected theatre about them, although these are performances that not many people might pay to watch”.
The Communist Party has issued the December edition of its news sheet Unity! focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the right-wing offensive inside the Labour Party, international developments and the plans for Communist Party and the YCL to hit the ground running in 2021.
Through the GMB, union workers at a Covid-hit factory are demanding they get sick pay urgently, claiming it is “the most important” step they can take to eradicate the spread there – while staff at the site say they are scared to go to into work.
Tony Conway, the Communist Party’s Anti-Racism Anti-Fascism Officer, launched a stinging all-round attack on the Tory government’s record at a meeting of the Party’s Political Committee yesterday evening (2 December 2020). After welcoming the swift development and approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, he said it should not divert attention from the government’s “deadly mismanagement” of the coronavirus crisis.
In England, following on from the countrywide lockdown, people living in Tier 3 will have access to mass testing- even if they currently show no symptoms of the Virus. This amounts to over 23 million people across England and represents one of the largest mass testing programmes in Europe. Unlike other countries, such as Slovakia, which tested two-thirds of the entire population in two days, England’s scheme is voluntary.
Britain’s Communists slammed the Tory government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as an “incompetent and corrupt disaster” at last weekend’s meeting of the Party’s Executive Committee.