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Ten years of Tory austerity have wrecked the social foundations of the UK and amplified the devastation of Covid-19.
Keir Starmer needs to wind back restrictions on members and refocus on building a narrative around a new democracy and a new economy.
As widely predicted, Covid-19 is now unfolding a second deadly wave. Once again Johnson’s government has been caught asleep at the wheel
In some ways the Covid-19 pandemic has masked the realities of the challenge facing the left; in other ways, it has exposed it.
Beware the second wave: not just the threat to lives from a further spike in Covid-19, but to livelihoods from impending recession, mass unemployment and an increasingly likely ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Covid-19 is a pandemic unprecedented in over 100 years. Besides the devastating human cost in lives, the cost in livelihoods has also been incalculable.
Already Johnson’s Tories are reneging on commitments made in the EU Withdrawal Agreement to adhere to worker and consumer rights and environmental standards.
Labour suffered a heavy defeat on 12th December. Identifying the reasons for failure to unseat a Tory government presiding over nine years of austerity will rightly occupy some time.
Parliament has put Boris Johnson in a ditch but he is far from dead.
Halloween approaches. The options: a no deal crash out of the EU or some tinsel on May’s deal around the Ireland backstop.
Any day now Jeremy Corbyn should come out with an explicit commitment from Labour to remain in the EU and campaign for that view in a general election or referendum.