The government has effectively shifted to a policy of herd immunity by infection. It is a completely reckless policy, without any mitigations or proper safeguards. Scientists and leading medical professional tells us this cannot work.
The central aim for the ruling classes of the main imperialist powers in the current crisis is not simply that public health cannot be the priority, but the crisis itself must be used as an opportunity to increase the rate of exploitation.
The mass reopening of schools next Monday will slow, probably stop, and possibly reverse the decline in infections, hospitalisations and deaths that has resulted from the current lockdown.
Keir Starmer’s speech on A New Chapter for Britain was heralded as a breakthrough moment where he would simultaneously set out his vision for the economy and society while beginning to outline a wholly different economic policy.
If that was its purpose, it failed miserably in every respect.
Vaccines are not a magic bullet – we still need a Zero Covid strategy
6.30pm Wednesday 17 February
Organised by the Zero Covid Alliance
The rise in unemployment, the attack on pay and conditions represent a qualitative sharpening of the ruling class offensive that began in the 1980s. The latest policies are not an aberration, mysteriously afflicting all the major capitalist powers simultaneously. They are a deepening of previous attacks.