It’s a capitalist crisis. We are getting a bit blasé about this as its not at all clear now, where and when one crisis finishes and another begins. But you can be sure that its the workers who will be presented with the bill, whether they have a seat at the table and a plate on it, or not. Capitalism has convinced many that wage rises fuel inflation. But when the monopoly energy companies increase their prices by on average four times the rate of inflation for the last twenty years, that of course, is a contribution to the common good.
Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the ‘AUKUS’ security pact on Thursday. A joint statement from the three signatories claimed the alliance was created to “ensure stability” in the Indo-Pacific region.
A total of 5.6 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of July this year, the highest number since records began back in August 2007.
Despite his 2019 manifesto, Boris Johnson is expected to announce an increase in national insurance payments to apparently fund the social care crisis.
Yesterday, whilst on a tour of Northern Scotland, Boris Johnson said: “Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coal mines across the country, we had a big early start and we’re now moving rapidly away from coal altogether.”
Whilst Tory ministers celebrate so called “freedom day” in England, coronavirus is ripping through the UK, leading to mounting health problems caused by long Covid and pressures on the overstretched NHS. Once again, the Tories are putting profits before lives in a cruelly expected fashion. Boris Johnson ended mandatory Covid-19-related restrictions on Monday (19 July 2021). This is despite the fact that the country is now seeing over 50,000 new Covid-19 cases per day and there are still no plans to make vaccines generally available to under 18s.
At the end of September, the Covid Universal Credit boost of £20 a week will be removed. Confirmed by work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey, the Tories have been undeterred by pervasive public and cross-party opposition to the move.
This comes after a disastrous term as Health Secretary which has seen countless scandals as well as Hancock’s oversight over the worst handling of COVID-19 in all of Europe, which has now killed over 128,000 people. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister and Conservative Party had continued to back Hancock, refusing to sack the health secretary despite the pressure to do so from the general public.
Last Tuesday, NHS England reported zero daily Covid-19 deaths for the first time since the first reported death in March 2020. This marks a year of success in 2021 with thousands of working class nurses working tirelessly to roll out the vaccination programme in England.
Excoriating claims were made by former Chief Aide to the Prime Minister Dominic Cummings in a 7-hour parliamentary inquiry hearing this week. The inquiry was launched to uncover the horrible mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic under the Tory government that so far has left at least 130,000 dead. Cummings testified against Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, with whom he was often present in making major decisions surrounding the pandemic.