Director of the Tricontinental Institute Vijay Prashad speaking at the launch of No Cold War Britain.
The British government is determined to conduct a unique and predictably disastrous experiment by easing all restrictions while the pandemic is raging. However, the public wants ‘freedom day’ postponed and existing measures kept in place and the Labour leadership has positioned itself as a partial critic of the government.
The Tory government will only achieve freedom for the virus to mutate and circulate when current measures to reduce transmission are lifted on 19 July. A complete change of direction is needed to avoid another catastrophe.
The government is engaged in an all-round racist offensive, which is getting only a limited response primarily because the current Labour leadership is co-operating with it.
Labour’s Women’s conference held at the end of June demonstrated that despite the Leadership’s best efforts, from suspensions and demoralisation from Labour’s leadership, the left is very much alive and kicking. All six left CLP candidates for the new Women’s Committee were elected – an outstanding victory.
If Steve Turner does not win the left within the Labour Party and the TUC will suffer a significant defeat.