THE Conservative Party is, without qualification, the most successful political party in Britain.
For most of its history it has proved to be the united political expression of the political and economic interests of the dominant classes in British society.
Where those interests have diverged — and the formidable class unity and discipline of the rich has been under strain — it has been blessed with the good fortune to be opposed by parties like the Liberals and today the Lib Dems, that while they might differ on matters of social policy, rarely depart from a defence of capital often no less ferocious than the Tories’.
The spectacular failures of Brazil, the UK and the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic offer valuable lessons on what must never happen again: wish away the virus, minimise the potential impact of a pandemic on public health and the economy, delay inevitable lockdowns, the list goes on. They also shed a powerful light on the root causes of the devastation.
The first step is to recognise the immensity of the catastrophe (see Table 1).
Table 1: The impact of the pandemic
Cases per million
Deaths per million
GDP growth in 2020 (estimate)
In summary, the human disaster in our selected countries is unlikely to be compensated by a shallower economic downturn – quite the contrary, they are likely to do worse than average – dismantling the argument that protecting the economy should be a priority and ‘if some pensioners die [as a consequence], too bad’.Read More »
WORKERS must unite to kick out Boris Johnson and his “cabal of hard-right, free market fanatics,” union leaders said at the opening of TUC Congress today.
TUC president Mark Serwotka, who leads Civil Service union PCS, told delegates it was time to fight back against the “bleak prospect” of “Johnson and his zealous accomplices controlling a no-deal Britain post Brexit — flogging off anything that isn’t nailed down to the highest bidder.”
Brexit-battle in the UK is raging. The UK Parliament’s vote to open debate on a motion blocking a no-deal Brexit leaves the UK in a state of chaos not seen in post-WW II period. The chaos has already touched the monarchy there.
The plan to suspend Parliament was heavily criticized by opposition parties and some Conservative MPs.
On Tuesday night in the House of Commons, MPs voted to take control of parliament in a bid to avoid a no-deal exit from the European Union.Read More »
BORIS JOHNSON can be brought down by “harnessing the power” of a united working class, the leader of Britain’s Civil Service union has said, as shadow chancellor John McDonnell warns that the people will not tolerate the suspension of Parliament.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka hit out today at the “cabal of hard-right, free market fanatics” plotting for an election win to “wreak havoc on this country.”Read More »