As we approach the highly significant 105th anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG it is important to reflect on the relevance of his teachings and ideas to Britain. How are the ideas the ideas of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG applicable to Britain ?
Firstly , the great Juche idea is applicable to Britain as teaches that every country and every people should be independent and masters of their own destiny. The Juche idea is expressed in practical terms as Juche in ideology , independence in politics and self-reliant in defence . These are policies that a new progressive government could and should implement .Although Britain is an imperialist country still ,at the same time is deeply subordinate to US imperialism and pursues the so-called
special relationship . A new regime in Britain could apply Juche by leaving NATO and kicking out
US troops . This would be a basic prerequisite to achieving independence in politics. The great leader President KIM IL SUNG understood the need for capitalist countries to be independent saying that
"Our is an era when the people demand independence.Today even the people of the capitalist countries to say nothing of the socialist countries, want to take the road of independence,and ,especially the people of the third world who were exploited and oppressed by the imperialists over a long period are advancing under the uplifted banner of independence"
Thus President KIM IL SUNG showed the way for the people's of the capitalist countries, socialist countries and third world countries to independence. Indeed the Juche idea reflects the aspirations of the peoples of all countries for independence this is an undeniable fact.
To establish Juche and achieve both political and economic independence the UK would need to
break with international capitalism and imperialism by leaving the EU plus the IMF, World Bank and WTO. Recently the British people voted decisively to leave the hated European Union . President KIM IL SUNG condemned the European Union in the days when it was called the Common Market
pointing out that
"The “European Common Market”, the “integration of the world economy” and the like, loudly advertised by the imperialist powers today, all pursue the heinous, aggressive aims of strangling the economic independence of the newly independent states and subordinating these countries to their rule"
Indeed as Britain prepares to withdraw from the European Union the teaching of the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG on building an independent national economy are highly relevant to the British people. When some big power chauvinists and revisionists tried to force the DPRK to join
the former COMECON but President KIM IL SUNG opposed this and upheld the banner of self-reliance and the independent national economy saying later that "It has become more clear today that our decision to build socialism by our own efforts on the principle of self-reliance and not enter the CMEA was quite correct"
He defined the building of an independent national economy as ; " building an independent national economy means building a diversified economy equipping it with up-to date technology and creating our solid bases of raw materials,thereby building up an all embracing economic system in which every branch is structurally interrelated so as to provide domestically most of the products of heavy and light industry and the agricultural produce needed to make the country wealthy and powerful and to improve the people's living condition"
Instead of trying to strike free-trade deals with countries such as the US(who will only exploit and plunder the UK through so-called "free trade") and lowering wages in order to be 'competive' the UK could take on board the Juche idea , the line of self-reliance and build an independent national economy like the DPRK .
The example of Juche-based socialism ,which is the fruit of the leadership and teachings of the
great leader President KIM IL SUNG , is an inspiration to the people of Britain in their fight for socialism .The DPRK has provided people with the right to work, housing is provided at a very low cost or even totally free(one could only sigh when you contrast this to the recent headline about house prices in London going up even faster).Education is also free up to all levels which include university and post graduate study. School clothes and other things for children are either free or sold at 50% of cost price. Mothers with more than 3 children can work a 6 hour day but be paid for 8 hours. The retirement age is 60 for men and 55 for women. Free medical care was introduced in 1953 and buttressed by further legalisation in 1960 and 1980 .All treatment is including medicine is free and the state even pays travelling expenses to the sanatorium! Taxation including local autonomy tax was abolished in 1974.
Such measures have not been taken in all socialist countries nor in rich countries but have been taken in the DPRK because of the profound concern of the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG for the people and the belief that the country should shoulder full responsibility for the destiny and well-being of the people. President KIM IL SUNG made sure that improvement of the peoples living standard was enshrined in the principles of both the WPK and DPRK. Juche Korea became the model of socialism for the world including Britain.
Lastly, President KIM IL SUNG always supported the struggle of the working people of the capitalist countries including the UK for their rights and for socialism for example in 1983 he said "firm solidarity with the working classes and peoples in the capitalist countries battling against oppression and exploitation by capital"
At at time when many British progressives and communists had lost heart due to the frustration of socialism in the USSR and countries like the GDR ,Poland etc, the DPRK stuck to the socialist road showing that socialism was alive and not dead ! President KIM IL SUNG met with a delegation of the New Communist Party of Britain in 1990 and also with a delegation of the Communist Party of Britain at later date as well as a leading British social scientist. 25 years ago on the 20th of April President KIM IL SUNG unveiled the Pyongyang Declaration "Let Us Defend and Advance the Cause of Socialism" which was adopted by 70 parties . Now over 258 parties including 5 British communist parties .
To conclude the revolutionary activities and teachings of the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG are vitally relevant to British people today . The Juche idea authored by the great leader
comrade KIM IL SUNG lights the road of independence for the British people.
Dr Dermot Hudson
President Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association
Chairman UK Preparatory Committee for 2017 Gathering to Praise the Great Persons Born of Mt Paektu
Member International Committee For the Study of Songun Politics