COMMUNISTS in Wales appealed to workers, trade unionists and socialists to unite in a “mass movement of action” to secure another general election to replace the unstable Tory government.
The call came as the Welsh Communist Party executive held a meeting in Cardiff over the weekend, just as Prime Minister Theresa May was finalising a deal with ultraconservative Northern Ireland party the DUP.
Ms May no longer has a mandate for public spending cuts, privatisation and antitrade union legislation after losing 13 seats in her gamble of a slim Commons majority, Welsh Communist Party secretary Trevor Jones said.
He welcomed the Labour Party’s gain of 30 seats in the election earlier this month. But he criticised Welsh Labour’s decision to limit campaigning to seats with Labour MPs representing them, rather than the marginals.
Mr Jones said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s bold campaign and Labour’s left-wing manifesto helped make marginal seats winnable, but Welsh Labour’s timid line left three or four of those constituencies in Tory hands.”
However, he added, many trade unionists and other activists had ignored the Welsh Labour policy and went on to campaign and win in the Gower, Cardiff North and Vale of Clwyd constituencies.
Mr Jones also called for a “people’s exit” out of the European Union on the best possible terms for the economy and Welsh people, and called for a full break with EU single market rules and the EU Court of Justice.
“EU free-market fundamentalism has always operated in the interests of big business,” he continued, “whereas in Wales we need economic planning, public investment and controls on trade and capital.”
At its meeting, the Welsh Communist Party finalised preparations for its biennial congress to be held in Merthyr Tydfil on November 24-25.