Boris Johnson has announced the biggest increase in British military spending for thirty years. This is the price for British government participation in U.S. imperialism’s new cold war against China and the developing nations.
Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan for the Environment will not put the UK on track for reaching net zero by 2050. The gap between the vainglorious patriotic bombast and the miserable reality of half-hearted nudges to the private sector with less than world leading levels of investment is quite apparent.
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.
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.
The WHO conditions for safe ending of lockdowns are aimed at eliminating the virus.
The UK government’s conditions are not.
The Coronavirus Bill has had little public political discussion. It is being rushed through parliament today (23rd March). Its provisions reflect the scale of the impact of Covid-19: an impact which will be all the greater the longer the lessons of countries which have contained the virus are not learned (particularly China). Instead of containing the virus government’s lack of appropriate action is allowing it to spread.