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Democracy delayed is democracy denied

Saturday saw the culmination of a week of campaigning against the EU with a day of action organised by the Communist Party and the Young Communist League, reports PHIL KATZ

THE Communist Party Anti-EU & Popular Sovereignty Commission acts as an organising centre in the party, for researching developments in the EU and public campaigning.

In early July, it agreed to make the week leading up to this year’s TUC a focus of public campaigning for a clean break with the EU.

In Scotland and Wales, across the Midlands and London, members and supporters set up street stalls and leafleted public thoroughfares.

In Kettering, leafleters encountered support from the public. In the words of YCL activist Kristian Carter, “We had a good reception to our message ‘Democracy Delayed is Democracy Denied,’ but opposition from local Labour Remainers.”

In Cambridegshire, communists met supporters to organise a major public meeting, to argue the case to Leave.

“Our next meeting will target local trade unionists and students. Speakers include Labour activists, LeFT [Leave – Fight – Transform campaign group] activists and communists working together to press for a radical break with the EU,” said the local organiser.

In Glasgow and Edinburgh, street stalls fielded a steady stream of questions.

According to activist Tommy Morrison, “Our stall is a regular feature in Glasgow’s centre, with people asking about Brexit, usually its impact on jobs and pay.

“We always reply, there has been a 40-year race to the bottom in wages and the EU has encouraged rather than restrained that.”

Richard, who co-ordinated the effort in Edinburgh, told the Morning Star: “We turn no-one away — Leavers, Remainers or those who didn’t vote. We made clear the best chance for jobs rested with an election of a new left and Labour government, prepared to invest in sustainable industry.”

In Derby, campaigners leafleting Pride did a brisk trade and received a positive reception at their readiness to talk and answer questions.

In north-west England, Communist Party members set up stall and leafleted at the Digger’s Festival in Wigan and then moved on to the town hall.

In Hammersmith, west London, members of the YCL leafleted the busy shopping thoroughfare and Tube station.

Their message, says local campaigner Robin, was to “Sack Boris and clear the way to a people’s Brexit that delivers rights and better lives for working people.”

Today CP members in Brighton will leaflet the TUC calling for opposition to a second, rerun of the referendum and warning of the dangers of supporting Remain, when so many union members want to Leave.

Tomorrow they will be calling on delegates to attend the inaugural public meeting of “LeFT: Leave – Fight – Transform,” which will hear speakers Arthur Scargill, former NUM president and miner’s leader, Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths and Sarah Cundy, spokesperson for LeFT.

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