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.
Within the group of advanced industrialised countries, the UK economy is set to be one of the most badly hit by the crisis. This relatively worse performance is entirely due to entirely policy choices.
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.
Coup 53 represents much more than a powerful documentary about the overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh sixty-seven years ago. It also illuminates many of the big challenges we still face today as socialists and anti-imperialists.