The Ten Point Programme

What we want!

1 – We want an Independent, Socialist Republic of Wales – by and for the people of Wales.

2 – We want local community action, the creation of community centers, and the revival of our towns, villages, and cities.

3 – We want workers to have a democratic say in both their workplace, and in their society, to ensure their rights. 

4 – We want free, accessible, and honest education for all. 

5 – We want an end to children growing up in poverty.

6 – We want deprived areas in Wales to be re-invigorated, and not discarded and treated as commuter belts. 

7 –  We want an end to homelessness.

8 – We want a Wales that stands in solidarity with all oppressed and exploited peoples around the world.

9 –  We want an end to a justice system that does not serve the people, and one that focuses on education and reform – not senseless punishment. 

10 – We want the working people of all creeds, colours, and nations to unite, for the betterment of all.

What we believe

1 – We want an Independent, Socialist Republic of Wales – by and for the people of Wales

Almost a quarter of Welsh people live in poverty.

Wales is the poorest nation of the UK, and the one that has experienced the bitter reality of Westminster’s class warfare the hardest over the centuries. 

From Imperial annexation, to the draining of our resources, the ‘most entrenched class system’ of any nation – that of England, continues to dominate in Wales.

From the biases of the British Media – already owned by just 5 Billionaires, to the limits of the UK electoral system (one election every four years,  maybe two or three if you live in Wales – with Welsh votes represented by just 50 MPs to England’s over 500), to the continued exodus of our young and skilled – all the while Wales is advertised as a playground for retirees, Independence is needed to preserve Wales as a Nation, and not let it become a vassal state of English Capital.

However, we do not want Independence for the sake of it – and categorically do not support Independence for its own sake. 

As Marxists, our analysis concludes that to advocate Welsh Independence based on Socialism – as did James Conolly in Ireland, we would strike a hard blow not only at Capital in the UK, but at the Imperialist system the UK gleefully partakes in, weakening Global Imperialism.

But why Socialism?

Why is it that the Welsh Coalfield at one point produced up to 40% of British Coal Exports – totaling billions of pounds worth of revenue, yet our communities remained poor and underfunded?

Why is it that the South Wales Valleys are demonized as a place filled with ‘benefit scroungers’, when Billionaires are able to avoid multi-millions in their taxes?

When we advocate Socialism, we advocate a radical change to the economy of Wales, and the political culture of Wales, with the economy re-orientated to serve the people, not line the pockets of the Ultra-rich.  

If we were to get Independence without Socialism, it would mean the classes that lower wages, raise rents, remove benefits, defund our communities, and cut services would be Welsh, and would rule from Cardiff instead of Westminster.   

When we advocate Socialism, we advocate the truest sense of democracy – the right of workers to have their just say in their life, their society, their economy, and their country. 

In contrast to other Socialist groups, we believe that Welsh Independence would not weaken working-class solidarity in the UK (as the exit of the EU did not weaken European working-class solidarity), and that due to a history of Internal Colonialism within Wales, our class struggle is historically different to that in England, and that in Scotland.  

In order to fight for Socialism across the UK, we first need to get our own house in order – and return to the fight alongside Scotland and England as equal partners, not an underdeveloped nation dragged along by our English and Scottish comrades. 

The unity of the British state and the unity of the working class are not the same thing. Unity between workers in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, does not rest on the maintenance of the British state or the capitalist interests it represents. The necessity for Welsh workers to unite with their brothers and sisters in England or Scotland or Ireland will not evaporate in the face of a Welsh Socialist Republic. Workers from different countries can and do organise together across borders, in the same trade unions and in alliance against the same unscrupulous multinationals.

On the other hand, allying with the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour to preserve the bosses’ state will damage workers’ unity. Part of maintaining workers’ unity is for English, Scottish and Irish workers to support a potential Welsh vote for Independence. However packaged, the no camp inevitably rallies forces to the Union Jack and the reactionary and backward ideas it stands for.

2 – We want local community action, the creation of community centers, and the revival of our towns, villages, and cities.

For too long our communities have been discarded and left to the dogs.  The Valleys are some of the Poorest regions in the UK, even in Europe.  Wales as a whole has been left as the playground of the rich, of the second-home owners, all the while our local communities are left to rot. 

Community centres and services close,  our historic buildings are turned into luxury flats that the average person cannot afford –  or demolished to sell the land to developers,  multi-national chains barge into our towns and villages –  pricing out local business owners. 

We believe in the power and the agency of ordinary, working-class people to affect real material changes in their own lives. We believe the people have far more knowledge and ability to create positive change than an out of touch political elite that has never shown an interest in ordinary people.

Political action begins at home, directly. Successive governments (both in Wales and in London) haven’t helped, so we’ll take matters into our own hands.  We believe that local, direct action to help improve our communities is what’s needed. 

 ‘Community’ was killed after Thatcher, so through community cleanups, soup kitchens, educational events in the community, and workshops, we want to dig it back up and dust it back off. 

3 – We want workers to have a democratic say in both their workplace, and in their society, to ensure their rights. 

Under the current system in Wales, workers are subject to temporary contracts, poor wages, terrible hours, limited right to strike, and an increasingly undemocratic and demanding work-culture.  While the wages of the top bosses have increased by tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands in Wales,  the average wage for people in Wales has remained the same for over a decade.  The profits you make are funnelled off to the ultra-rich, while you remain on the same wage you had in 2005. 

We believe that our mainstream political parties have no interest in solving these problems, as they benefit from this exploitation. We believe that the only solution is grassroots movements of working-class people.

We want workplace democracy, where everyone has a say in how the business/organisation is run, and where the profits go.  With so much of our day/week/year spent at work, we’ll only have democracy when we achieve a democracy of working-people in Wales. 

We also want true democracy, outside of the corrupt, lazy Liberal Parliamentary system.  We want real democracy, from the National level down to individual neighbourhood councils.  People in Wales know what’s best for them, and are worth more than one or two votes every four years.  

4 – We want free, accessible, and honest education for all. 

Education is the key to success.  We don’t just mean University, but Apprenticeships, and Adult Learning. Access to education consistently remains one of the biggest dividers of the quality of life of our children, and the lives they will grow into. The education sector in the UK – including Wales, is designed by, and ran for the benefit of, the ruling classes. How many of our political elite have been to the same few schools and the same two universities? We believe the education system should serve the people, not the establishment.

 With the current Education Sector in Wales run for profit, the options for people in Wales are to enter a life of permanent student-debt – rising every year with interest with no guarantee of a job afterwards, apply for an internship (often unpaid, acting as a lackey for a multi-million pound company with no guarantee of a job), or apply for one of Wales’ fast-dwindling Apprenticeships. 

We do not believe that it should be this way. We want the best opportunities for all people of Wales, especially our children, and do not believe that our children should suffer simply because they were not privileged enough to be born to a life of excess wealth. 

We want free education for all in Wales – from the cradle, to the grave.  Free tuition, Paid internships, accessible courses. 

5 – We want an end to children growing up in poverty.

Wales has the highest level of child poverty in the UK.  This is a failure of the Welsh Government, and of the Westminster Government.  Both have the power to end this in a day, but chose not to due to ‘costs’. We believe that the wellbeing of our children is of utmost importance, and that no child should suffer for economic circumstances beyond their control.

We know that things do not need to be this way. There is no reason that any child should go hungry, unhoused, or scared for their future simply because they were born to the ‘wrong’ background. No child is invalid, and we believe that the protection of our children is fundamental to the betterment of Wales, and to the world as a whole.

 We demand free Government-provided childcare, as evident in so many countries around the world, as just the start of rectifying this. We demand free, extensive school meals, to provide for all children. We demand a refunding of youth centres and social clubs, decimated by a decade of austerity, to provide children with social groups, and places of refuge from troubled families. We demand an end to the introduction of an entrenched class system before children even learn the fundamentals of maths by abolishing the private school system, ending the division of children along class lines.

6 – We want deprived areas in Wales to be re-invigorated, and not discarded and treated as commuter belts.

For too long, our deprived communities in Wales have been treated as a cheap source of housing, and cheap land for property developers.  Our villages, towns, and cities are suffering a drain of working-people – with jobs relocating to the big cities, leaving our communities without work and without workers. 

We want the reinvigoration and restoration of our communities, for the people in these communities themselves.  Our homes and streets are not there for people to get on the property ladder, and our regions aren’t there just for the commuters.  We want real investment in these areas, and sustainable jobs in these communities – and to not be discarded as a commuter belt. 

7 –  We want an end to homelessness.

Homelessness is a cancer that can be fought. There are enough houses in Wales, and there is enough money.  Too often in Wales, Landlords buy up cheap property to charge extortionate rents to those in desperate need. 

We do not believe that people should be denied a safe place to live just because they cannot provide an adequate amount of money to be sucked dry from them. We do not believe anybody should fear losing their jobs and losing their home. We do not believe anybody should be driven to suicide over economic circumstances beyond their control simply because the housing market cares more about money than it does about human lives.

We believe that if the Welsh landlords will not give decent, and cheap housing to our communities, then the housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that our communities can build and make a decent housing for its people.

8 – We want a Wales that stands in solidarity with all oppressed and exploited peoples around the world.

When hundreds of men and women risked life and limb to fight against Franco’s Fascists in Spain, they did so out of a genuine belief in Socialist internationalism – and the solidarity of man.

We cannot, and will never forget this ethos.  We want a Wales that stands in solidarity with the oppressed and exploited across the world in their fight against Capitalism, discrimination, and exploitation. 

We cannot fight for all of this without starting at home.  

Classism, Racism, Sexism, Transphobia, Religious persecution – all cancers that need to be destroyed for the Welsh Nation to prosper and succeed.  

9 –  We want an end to a justice system that does not serve the people, and one that focuses on education and reform – not senseless punishment. 

In Wales, prisons aren’t run to rehabilitate the prisoners, but for the private companies who run the services.

Prisons are a lucrative business in Wales – there isn’t real justice.  From prison sentences for small-scale drug offences (such as Cannabis), to crumbling-prisons from the Victorian era, to the indoctrination of minor-offenders into committing further crimes, to the lack of a single women’s prison in Wales – the Welsh prison system is broken, and senseless. 

There isn’t true justice in Wales. Working-class people are most likely to receive harsher sentences in Wales for minor-crimes, while the richest in Wales get off with a slap on the wrist.  The young mother who earned £500 of benefits whilst working is sentenced to a year in prison, while the businessman who hid £1,000,000 in off-score accounts to avoid getting taxed gets off with a stern telling off. 

Similarly, as has been shown time and time again over decades and decades, the justice system in Wales gets things wrong – a lot.  Working-class people in Wales are more likely to get sentenced falsely for crimes based on their social standing – or rather, because they ‘seem the type’ to commit a crime – more so if you are an ethnic minority in Wales. 

When you need to feed a young family, when your community is derelict and decaying, when there are no jobs for miles, and when there are,they are hiring on zero-hours contracts for little pay, when there are cuts to your benefits, to your social services, while rent is increasing and increasing, is it any wonder people turn to petty crime to get by?    The justice system doesn’t care though – you are a criminal, and you will be punished – eventually leaving prison years later to the exact same conditions, if not worse.   

We need a prison system, and a justice system that focuses on rehabilitation, and works for the people instead of against them.

10 – We want the working people of all creeds, colours, and nations to unite, for the betterment of all.

Only through the working-class combining it’s might as equals, are we able to change the world for the better. The real battle isn’t between ‘Welsh people’ and ‘foreigners’, or between Labour and Tory, but the battle between the Upper Classes who have oppressed working-people in Wales for centuries,  who built their wealth on our hunched-over backs,  and us. 

We can win a new world. This is possible, and this can be achieved in our lifetime.  

WE NEED TO EDUCATE OURSELVES
WE NEED TO ORGANIZE OURSELVES
LET’S MAKE THE MASSES MOVE
FOR THE WELSH SOCIALIST REPUBLIC 
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