Scottish Government approves controversial Vaccine Passport Scheme

The Scottish Parliament yesterday (9 September 2021) voted in favour of launching a vaccine passport scheme which will require people in Scotland to prove they have been fully vaccinated before they can enter nightclubs and large events. The Scottish Government hopes the scheme will encourage everyone, particularly young people, to get fully vaccinated, and will also make venues and events safer, making further restrictions less likely.

Communist Party: ‘pandemic proof the future for workers’

The Communist Party has issued the September edition of its news sheet Unity! focusing on the upcoming TUC Congress, US imperialism, health and social care and the Communist Party’s upcoming Congress.

Communists slam Conservative tax rise and call for social care reform and staff pay rise

Communist Party General Secretary Robert Griffiths yesterday (7 September 2021) called on workers to “reflect and regroup”, as the decision to tax workers to pay for social care (effectively twice as we do it already), “is the opening shot in a protracted struggle with attempts to shift the burden of paying for the breakdown of capitalism, onto workers and their communities.”

Public inquiry into Cumbrian coal mining project begins

A public inquiry has begun into the development of the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years. The project, run by West Cumbria Mining (WCM), would extract 2.78 million tonnes of coal a year up until 2049, but has been widely criticised for its potential environmental impact.

Japanese Prime Minister to step down amidst disastrous COVID handling

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced his intention to step down as leader of the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as his government fails to effectively tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Religious organisations cover up sexual abuse at higher rates – report finds

The report looked into 38 different religious groups including from various strands and denominations of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, examining abuse and failings by these groups to investigate child sexual abuse within.