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Communist Party of Britain Backs Former Ukraine President’s “anti-Austerity” policies.

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Donestk Anti-Austerity Activists Says Communist Party of Britain.

The People’s Assembly has launched a Manifesto Against Austerity.

“The manifesto makes a compelling and powerful case for an alternative to austerity based on the needs of ordinary people — “A people’s Britain, not a bankers’ Britain.” It calls for a the building of a sustained mass movement to bring that alternative about, rather than simply calling for general election votes.”

The Communist Party of Britain has taken upon itself to add these comments to this – admirable –  document (Communist Party. For Peace and Socialism. Date: 2nd of March).

Bill Greenshields, CP representative on national committee of the People’s Assembly, says,

Challenging the pro-austerity and pro-privatisation media and political consensus is a dangerous thing to do. That’s the increasingly strident message from big business and the bankers through their representatives in national governments, the EU and Washington.

British special services “advisers” have arrived in Ukraine to strengthen the armed forces and fascist paramilitaries of the Poroshenko government.

This is part of a war against those who resisted the Western-backed coup against President Yanukovych.

He had committed the crime of rejecting austerity economics and politics, therefore saying “No” to closer ties with the EU.

As EU and US sanctions are ratcheted up against Russia for daring to give political support to the antifascists, Britain says it will “not yet provide lethal equipment” to the “Euromaiden” coup leaders now in control of the Ukrainian state. For how long? The threat of escalating war and foreign intervention to consolidate their pro-EU austerity “reforms” becomes greater.

Brother Bill recommends to the People’s Assembly this wisdom,

The movement needs to reflect the democratic structures that have grown among the anti-austerity antifascists in Ukraine…

We hesitate to make a comment.

Or perhaps one is not needed.

(Initially discovered here)


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  1. After more than a year of parroting Putin’s propaganda and denouncing the Kiev government and its forces as “fascists” , the Morning Star has (today) finally printed a letter objecting to their grotesque distortions:

    Naïve ‘anti-fascist’ label for rebel Russians breathtaking in its error

    YOUR description of the eastern Ukrainian rebel soldiers as “anti-fascist fighters” is breathtaking in its crassness and naivety.

    They’re no more fighting fascism than Mussolini was.

    As ethnic Russians whose ancestors were moved in during the Soviet era (and possibly before), they have simply spotted an opportunity to have the area they live in returned to Moscow’s control.

    In this we have seen the encouraging hand of Vladimir Putin, just as in Crimea and Georgia.

    Please don’t insult our intelligence by describing Putin as some sort of defender of the left — he is a dictator who maintains his position by imprisonment and assassination of political opponents and by strict control of the media to ensure re-election.

    At least in the (later) Soviet era there was some sort of brake by the Communist Party on excesses by the leadership.

    Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Pinochet and their like were fascists.

    You are simply losing all credibility by desperately trying to tar the Ukraine government with the label. Shame on you.

    I am considering ceasing to buy the Morning Star, despite your support (with which I agree) for the Jack Jones Square campaign in Madrid.

    PETER CARR, Sawbridgeworth

    Jim Denham

    March 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  2. The term People’s Assembly has an interesting history:

    ‘The term People’s Parliaments or People’s Assemblies was used in 1940 for puppet legislatures put together after show elections in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to legitimize the occupation by the Soviet Union.’


    ‘Immediately after entering Poland’s territory, the Soviet army helped to set up “provisional administrations” in the cities and “peasant committees” in the villages in order to organize one-list elections to the People’s Assembly of Western Ukraine.’


    You would think that these people could do better than plagiarising Stalinism.


    March 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm

  3. The main point is that it is extraordinary that the CPB rep on the People’s Assembly sees fit to tie the fight against austerity to the ” the democratic structures that have grown among the anti-austerity antifascists in Ukraine…”

    Quite extraordinary, even given claims that a certain Bill Greenshields (Chair of the CPB), has a “marxist-Leninist” (that is ‘Maoist’) background and no doubt supports “people’s war”..

    Andrew Coates

    March 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  4. There is a Russian imperialist-backed separatist war going on in Ukraine… and the Communist Party of Britain is talking about austerity. Cuckoo stuff.

    What other tips do they have for raising living standards while the people they support are blowing people and buildings up?


    March 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

  5. Mystery on Mystery.

    There is a claim circulating that Cde Bill Greenshields (from a M-L background of deep obscurity) has been circulating the People’s Assembly Manifesto off his (and his ‘faction’s) own back.

    It has yet to appear on the official ‘People’s Assembly’ site.

    Andrew Coates

    March 4, 2015 at 6:44 pm

  6. This would be the same ‘anti-fascist’ wonderland which bans independent unions? http://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2015/02/22/unions-banned-by-pro-russian-separatists-in-luhansk/

    Meanwhile ‘anti-imperialist’ Russia is decimating its health budget and plowing billions into its military and propaganda machine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30269339

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