By New Worker
KARL MARX spent most of his active life in Britain working with Frederick Engels to build the international working class movement and writing a corpus of books that provides the basis for scientific socialism.
Marx died in London on 14th March 1883 and his memory has been recalled ever since by the working class movement throughout the world. And last Saturday his immense contribution to the socialist cause was recalled at the annual reception at the New Communist Party’s London centre in honour of the Marx and the philosophical thinking that inspired the great revolutionary movements of the 20th century.
The Communist Manifesto, written by Marx and Engels in 1848, is as valid today as it was on the day that it was written and the torch that it lit led to the raising of the Red Flag in Russia in October 1917 and the establishment of the communist movement that ended the First World War and defeated the Nazis in the Second.
The print shop was once again transformed for the bar and buffet and comrades and friends gathered in the main meeting room for the formal part of the celebrations that was opened by National chair Alex Kempshall.
NCP leader Andy Brooks, Dermot Hudson from the UK Korean Friendship Association and John McCleod of the Socialist Labour Party all paid tribute to Marx, whose entire life was dedicated to the cause of the emancipation of the working class.
No NCP event ever ends without a collection and Daphne Liddle from the Politburo of the NCP made a forthright appeal for money crucial to ensure the survival of the New Worker. The comrades responded by putting £347 in the tin for the New Worker fighting fund. Most comrades left at 10.30pm but, as usual, the die-hards kept the bar open till well gone midnight...