The British trade union movement is currently experiencing some turmoil and changes as the offensive against the working class intensifies and the leadership of a number of unions is due for election.
The government neither has the infection rate under control, nor a strategy to eliminate it, and therefore zero prospect of a successful economic recovery on any basis at all.
The upturn in new coronavirus cases in Britain has become so marked that even the Tory government, its media and the supportive Labour leadership cannot ignore it. Instead, the government has admitted a ‘second wave’ is on the way, is openly toying with idea of a second national lockdown and then immediately turned to blaming the public for the spread of the virus.
The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs has issued a statement, calling for a zero Covid strategy. This is important for both public health and the economy. The virus can be defeated, lives saved, and economic damage limited with a zero Covid strategy.
Read the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs statement here.
Covid-19 cases are rising. The ruling class are anxious to get people back to work regardless of the risks and in this have the full support of the media and the leaders of both major political parties. Preventing a renewed surge in deaths requires opposition to the policies of the Tory government.
There is now a concerted ruling class offensive to completely discredit Jeremy Corbyn as part of an overall project of burying Corbynism. Corbyn is the most left-wing leader Labour has ever had, opposed to imperialist wars, to racism and discrimination, and opposed to austerity. The left needs to defend the positive legacy of Corbyn on all these fronts in order to mount any defence now or be able to advance in the future.