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News you might have missed, or Pyongyang today, London tomorrow

"Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) -- A meeting was held in London on June 27 under the sponsorship of the British Coordinating Committee of Friends of Korea on the occasion of the month of international solidarity with the Korean people.

Attending the meeting were figures of political parties and organizations including the New Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), the Revolutionary Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), the Socialist Labour Party and the British Association for the Study of Songun Policy and popular masses of UK and personages of the European Society for the Study of the Juche Idea.

Must have been an awfully big hall. I am impressed that no less than four alphabet soup far-left parties managed to make common ground for more than a heartbeat. Also, was e-mail or airmail responsible for the delay in publication?

A bit of googling shows up the following:

NCGB: "The party is politically closest to what it sees as anti-revisionist Communist Parties who would see the Soviet leadership from Nikita Khrushchev onwards as stepping away from socialism. Internationally it supports Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea". And from the horse's mouth: "Anglo-American imperialism and the rest of their pack at the United Nations are wailing at Democratic Korea’s latest nuclear test. None of this would have happened in the first place had the Americans honoured their agreement with the DPR Korea to build light-water reactors as they promised in 1994".

CPGB(ML): "Many CPGB-ML members are also active in the Stop the War Coalition, their respective trade unions, pensioners' campaigns, and solidarity movements with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Cuba, Belarus and China".

More on its DPRK stance here, but a taster: "Anyone who has actually been to the DPRK will have witnessed for themselves that people there are happy. They have a far greater degree of control over their own lives and many more opportunities to influence their communities than people have in bourgeois 'democratic' countries. The average educational level is much higher. People's musical and artistic abilities are developed to a far greater extent than is the case in capitalist countries, and there are far greater opportunities for participation in sport (as opposed to just watching it on television), as all facilities for the above purposes are plentiful and free".

RCPB-ML: "It is a small party, with less than 30 members, and is closely related to the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and now has good relations with the New Communist Party of Britain". It was quite keen on Hoxha's Albania, apparently. And they have the following available in its bookshop: "Composers and Climate Change £0.20p"

SLP (Scargill's lot): "According to accounts filed for the year of 2007 with the Electoral Commission, the Socialist Labour Party had 3,020 members and 2,978 members through affiliates, making a total of 5,998. It had an income of about £19,400 and an expenditure of about £14,400".....The SLP's difficulties have in part stemmed from a number of internal conflicts...culminated in the expulsion of the pro-Stalin group around Harpal Brar who then formed the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)".

Isn't it nice that #2 and #4 kissed and made up?

A small addendum:

"The servicepersons have constructed the Anbyon Youth Power Station, Pyongyang-Hyangsan Sightseeing Highway, Chongryu Bridge, Kumnung Tunnel No. 2 and other grand monumental edifices and modern factories including catfish farm and chicken farm. They have thus laid a solid foundation for developing the economy at a leaping pace".

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Blogger Nick Drew said... 8:53 pm

British Association for the Study of Songun Policy - this is you, Mr C, n'est-ce pas ?

popular masses of UK - reminds me of Radio Tirana's patriotic peasants of Northern Ireland, happy days !

average educational level is much higher
- this is, err, *coughs* probably true ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:07 pm

I suspect I am the only student of Juche not a member of said association..

Yup, I do miss Radio Tirana as was. A friend writes scripts for the English language news on one of the TV channels (true story) and has made it her life's work to introduce novel words to Albanian anglophones.

All too likely, yes....  

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