Year 2000 No. 211, December 27, 2000
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National Consultative Conference 2000 Crystallises Partys Tasks for Current Period
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The two-day National Consultative Conference 2000 successfully fulfilled its aim of crystallising the tasks of RCPB(ML) for the current period.
The National Consultative Conference, taking place over the weekend of December 9-10, marked the transition from the start-up period of the Partys work since the 3rd Congress to a period where the work already undertaken to implement the Congress decisions is consolidated and the new fronts of work implicit in these decisions are concretised. The quality which the 3rd Congress gave rise to becomes materialised and quantified in the Partys activities, while maintaining and enhancing that quality.
The Consultative Conference was opened by Chris Coleman, National Spokesperson of RCPB(ML), who formally welcomed all the participants. After a session in which the agenda was proposed, discussed and set by all the delegates, a presentation was given by a representative of the Central Committee, which took up the theme of the 3rd Congress when deliberating on the tasks facing the Marxist-Leninists: "The Challenge RCPB(ML) Accepts".
The first part of the Partys NCC 2000 was mainly devoted to the presentation and summing up of the work undertaken nationally, regionally and by the basic organisations and other forces grappling with ideologising and implementing the Congress decisions. These deliberations were dealt with under the agenda headings of "Making the Partys Decisions Ones Own", and "Implementing the Line of the 3rd Congress". Included in this part of the Conference proceedings also were discussions dealing with the marginalisation of women, with the defence of the rights of all, and of the work of the Workers Weekly Youth Group. The thread which exemplified this section of the deliberations was that the tasks taken up at this stage of the work to prepare for the coming revolutionary storms were tasks whose most essential characteristic was to consolidate the method of participating in arriving at decisions in order to participate in implementing them, and within this to build and strengthen a Mass Party Press which is commensurate with this character.
Arising out of this, the second part of the Conference posed the questions as to the character of the new fronts of the Partys work, in connection with the decisions of the Congress to intervene in the political life of the country, so that the preparations for the coming revolutionary storms are made within the movements of the working class and people themselves. These deliberations were dealt with under the agenda headings of "Occupying the Space for Change" and "How Should the Communist Party View the Question of Participation in the Forthcoming General Election?". It is in these questions that theoretical and political considerations come to the fore.
Our Party had invited Comrade Sandra Smith, National Leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), to give an important presentation to open the first of these items. Comrade Sandra dealt with how the class struggle poses itself at the present time, and how the space for change is to be identified. The central question which came to the fore was the method by which the bourgeoisie is destroying society at this time, and how the Party must fight on this question which is unfolding, hitting at the crisis of justification which the bourgeoisie is experiencing, in order to establish the new coherence for society. Comrade Sandra was also able to give considerable insights into the issues involved in participating in elections from CPC(ML)s rich experience on this question and the theoretical work which has been undertaken on the nature of political power and of systems of government.
Also participating in the Consultative Conference were a delegation from the Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist), led by Rod Eley, and a delegation from the New Communist Party of Britain, led by Andy Brooks. Comrades Rod and Andy made contributions, as well as participating in the deliberations, as did Ron Dorman, National Organiser of the Campaign Against Euro-Federalism.
The fact that RCPB(ML) is placing the questions relating to intervening in the political life of the country on the agenda, as it did at the National Consultative Conference, is extremely important. This question is central to ending the marginalisation of the communist party, and of all the collectives of society and their concerns. It is also a testimony to the strength of the Party, which has been using the period since the 3rd Congress to consolidate itself through its all-round programme of work, and which is ready to open up this new front in its forward march and to deal with what the future will bring, with objectivity of consideration. In this context too, the unity in action of the Marxist-Leninists was touched upon, in referring to the collective theoretical work which must be carried out to establish the line for the new mass communist party for Britain.
The National Consultative Conference affirmed that this work of opening up the new front of intervening in the political life of the country is work which belongs to the whole Party and not to any individuals. Like all the other work of the Party, it is organised work, which must be thoroughly prepared with theoretical work and research and investigation.
In line with this orientation, and as the culmination of all the deliberations which had taken place at the Conference, the following two resolutions were proposed, discussed and unanimously passed.
1. That this National Consultative Conference approves the work that has been done by the Party as reported to this Consultative Conference, and resolves that this work should be continued and consolidated.
2. That this National Consultative Conference recommends that the work to intervene in the political life of the country should be fully investigated by the Central Committee and a further Consultative Conference be convened in March 2001, to consider and further discuss this work.
This Conference concluded in a very militant atmosphere with the singing of The Internationale. The participants in RCPB(ML)s NCC 2000 left imbued with a feeling that a profoundly important milestone had been achieved in the Partys work, that indeed the Partys tasks had been crystallised in a way not dependent on anyones understanding, and that very exciting prospects had been opened up along the line of march of the Partys work to open up the path to a new socialist society.
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