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NEW LEFT SPEAK (or how to deliver the 1848 Communist Manifesto in Blackpool this week): A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Communism. An image is permeating Europe - the image of the strategic/thinking/caring left-of-centre renewal of the economy.

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. The history of social context to date has been the history of failed consensus over economic projects.

(Our) ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Realisation of our potential empowerment project can be attained only by electoral success

Let the ruling classes tremble . . . Let the executive sector think twice before accepting over-ambitious severance rewards.

We have a world to win. We have a global economic marketplace to engage with.

Working men of all countries unite] Newly- empowered individuals and inchoate wealth-enablers of the multipolar economy reconnect]

TODAY is the feast day of The Guardian Angels. Everyone has one. Angels are pure spirits, persons but bodiless, and their job is to praise God, be His messengers and watch over man. The belief that an angel is appointed by God to guard over each person is widespread, though it has not been defined by the Church. Guardian angels act upon men's senses and imagination, rather than their will. The idea of celebrating masses for the Guardian Angels seems to have originated in England in the 12th century.

2 October, 1869: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as the Mahatma or Great Soul, was born in Porbandar. After studying law in London he migrated to South Africa, where for 21 years he fought discrimination against Indians. Gandhi's later career as the great mass leader of Indian independence is well-known, though often simplified into something nearing sainthood. A consummate politician, he understood the power of theatre, and his loin-cloth, fasts, marches and spinning wheel became symbols of purity and humility set against an over- dressed and apparently overwhelming imperial power. Modern India has largely forgotten that Gandhianism renounces industrialism and its material benefits, and the Bombay stock exchange still displays his portrait. He was assassinated on 30 January 1948 by a Hindu militant, who thought he was too pro-Muslim.

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