The Immediate Task

First Published: Vanguard, Vol. 1, No. 3, April 1964
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Sam Richards and Paul Saba
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The Appeal to all Communists which was issued in November of last year concluded “Communists must act now... We call upon all Marxists, all Communists, to unite in condemning the revisionist faction which controls the Communist Party of Great Britain ... to work for the defeat of this faction, and the establishment of a genuine Communist Party, based on the principles of Marxism-Leninism which will lead the working class and all working people in their struggles against monopoly capitalism and for its final overthrow.”

Since then, Communists from the main industrial centres of England, Scotland and Wales, have begun to co-ordinate the struggle against revisionism and against social-democracy as advanced in the policies of the Communist Party of Great Britain and the Labour Party. Committees in London, Manchester and the North, and Scotland are now, openly advancing Marxism-Leninism, are appearing before the militant workers as an alternative to those who advocate policies of class collaboration. Communists in industry after industry are uniting to hammer out a line of struggle on immediate issues which represents the interests of the mass of the workers, which challenges the policies of betrayal advocated by the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain alike.

The industrial working class demands a Party which fights for their independent interests at all times, which can link the struggles in every particular industry and every main industrial centre with the general struggle against capitalist attack, and for the final overthrow of the capitalist class. But much still remains to be done before this Party can be established. Above all, many more communists must join in openly challenging revisionism and social democracy. The general policies of class collaboration and each particular act of betrayal which stems from them can only be exposed by open challenge and a clear alternative line of struggle around which militant industrial workers can rally. The existing Committees must be strengthened. New committees must be formed in the many industries and industrial centres where there are as yet none, to hammer out that line of struggle which meets the needs of the workers and to win support for it, on the shop floor and the building site, in the pit, the depot, and the trade union branch. These are the foundations upon which a genuine Communist Party must be based, without which it cannot be established.

“Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims.” Let us take this revolutionary spirit of the founders of our movement into the struggle to establish a genuine Communist Party which will oppose class collaboration with class struggle and win the industrial working class for revolutionary action.