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Dear editor
As I remember the apostate Martin Kettle as a (not very militant) communist student I was surprised to read (Guardian 18 October) that he lists the Communist Party as no longer in existence. Perhaps the explanation for this lies in the definition of egocentricity as “having or regarding the self or the individual as the centre of all things.”

Nick Wright
Communist Party

Dear editor
In arguing that ‘There was a clear national security rationale when it came to the Communist Party: it was logical to ask whether Soviet intelligence was trying to manipulate it.’ (Stella Rimmington should stop fuelling paranoid fantasies about Jeremy Corbyn) Paul Mason gives a leftist twist to the right wing justification for state surveiilence.
The untold hours that Special Branch and MI5 officers devote to monitoring the activities of communists produces scant evidence of intelligence activity in the service of foreign states but a great deal in the service of the working class movement.
It was not for fear that miners, building workers, teachers, students, electricians, print workers, engineers, civil servants and peace and anti apartheid activists might be covert Soviet agents that drives state spying but rather alarm that more prosaic activities in the service of the working class threaten both corporate profits and imperialist foreign policies.

Nick Wright
Communist Party

Dear editor,
Stella Rimmington’s sotto voce outing of Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing advisers may possibly have the effect of strengthening electoral support for the Labour leader. After all his electoral appeal is grounded in the public perception that – unlike most previous holders of his office – he is serious about socialism and working class political power.
Nick Wright
Communist Party

Dear editor
The Private Finance Initiative, the mutant creation of John Major – that Blair and Brown so enthusiastically adopted, – has, even in the Tory Party, few who speak proudly of its origins.
PFI was fashionable because it got round the necessity imposed on European Union member states by the Maastricht Treaty, to shift spending off the government’s books.
Those in Labour’s ranks who want to stay in the EU’s single market and customs union should come clean and admit that a radical economic policy along the lines proposed by the party’s new leadership and wildly popular with its membership and electorate cannot be implemented while Britain is constrained by EU treaties.
Nick Wright
Communist Party

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