The high incidence of COVID-19 deaths in care homes should come as no surprise. They reflect not only Boris Johnson’s government’s failure to prepare for a pandemic or to respond efficiently when faced with the coronavirus early this year, but a particular underlying narrative to official policy.
Government policy in Britain remains much closer to ‘herd immunity’, which is tantamount to letting the Covid-19 crisis rip through the population, than to an effective lockdown.
The claim from the Tory government and its army of media supporters that the latest Budget has ended austerity is completely false. It is very important for the left and the labour movement as a whole that they grasp the character of the new attacks to come, so that they can resist them.
The defection of nine Labour MPs, of whom eight were immediately joined by three Tory defectors in the Independent Group, marks a new phase in the ruling class offensive to attempt to prevent a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party winning the next general election.
Tiny numbers of people risking the icy waters of a Channel crossing in small boats during the holiday period was apparently enough to send the media and various government Ministers into a state of panic, with the Home Secretary declaring it a ‘national crisis’.
There is a systematic effort by the British government and its allies to renege on its international agreements and treaties in relation to Ireland.