Communist Party Statement on Death of Queen
Elizabeth Windsor has died, leaving the kingdom she ruled over poorer, with greater disparities in wealth and income, obscene profiteering and tax evasion (which her monarchy knows lots about) and with its aggressive imperialist activities in full flow including a proxy war in Europe. The failures of the monarchy as an institution are knitted into its very fabric and it has played a role in empire and class rule and as an active agent of the capitalist class. For this reason, it is an obstacle to progress and a society of equals, which we call socialism. Although their voice will be silenced over the coming days, in time the many millions of working-class people who want to see a Republic will come clear. The Communist Party - in its programme ‘Britain’s Road to Socialism’ - asserts popular sovereignty of the people and their elected representatives in parliaments, governments and mass movements. This requires the abolition of all powers and institutions relating to the monarchy, including such posts as head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, together with the royal prerogative, the Privy Council and similarly unaccountable offices of state.