The Conservative Party have rejected calls from healthcare officials, including the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, to introduce Plan B COVID-19 regulations. The government declared they have “absolutely no plan” to introduce new measures, at a time when cases continue to rise, with 43,324 new cases recorded on October 19th.
Dennis Hutchings, a former British soldier who was on trial for fatally shooting an Irish civilian in the back, has died aged 80.
On Tuesday (October 12), a cross-party report was published detailing the government’s many failures in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the errors the document lays out are how the government was too slow to lock down, too eager to abandon community testing, and how it failed to implement effective contract tracing.
The UK inflation rate hit 3.2% this August – the biggest increase since records began in 1997. Unsurprisingly, this inflation hike will disproportionately affect working class families.
The French government’s former Minister of Health, Agnes Buzyn, has been charged with “endangering the lives of others” over her mishandling of the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
News of labour shortages have flooded the media in recent weeks and many have called for relaxed rules on migration to enable European workers to fill these posts.