Britain's Communist Party has responded to the General Election announcement with a warning to the 'workers and peoples of Britain'.
'The three main parties are colluding in a three-card trick to avoid making the rich pay for the crisis', according to Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths.
'New Labour, the Tories and LibDems are all playing the same card – to slash public services – but they won't turn it over and tell us how much is on it.
'In the meantime, the City and big business fat cats will continue to avoid paying for the crisis created by their system, their super-profits and their greed', Mr Griffiths accused.
He insisted that the public finance deficit could be closed by taxing the wealthiest 10 per cent of the population who – according to the Office of National Statistics report Wealth in Great Britain (2009) – own 44 per cent of all the country's declared personal wealth.
'A 1 per cent Wealth Tax on the super-rich would raise around £39 billion a year, a speculation tax on the City another £30 billion a year, and a windfall tax on energy, banking and retail monopoly profits an extra £16 billion', Mr Griffiths declared.
'There is no need to cut public services, sack public servants or attack their pension rights – make the fat cats pay to clear up their own mess', the Communist Party leader demanded.
The party will be standing six candidates in the General Election: Steve Andrew (Sheffield South East), Robert Griffiths (Cardiff South & Penarth), Martin Levy (Newcastle East), Marc Livingstone (Glasgow North West), Gerry Sables (North Devon) and Ben Stevenson (Croydon North).