Unison announced the election of its first female General Secretary, Christina McAnea, today (11 January 2021. McAnea was elected with 47% of the vote, with the remaining 53% of the vote being split across 3 differing left-wing candidates. McAnea is largely considered to be supportive of the policies and strategies of Labour leader Keir Starmer, making this election a huge win for the right-wing leadership of Labour, especially when considering that Unison is the largest trade union in the country.
The UK government has officially asked people to get negative COVID-19 tests before entering the country from overseas, a move which has made many ask – why on earth wasn’t this done sooner?
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced delays in the reopening of schools and colleges a few days ago, against a backdrop of the UK COVID-19 death toll reaching over 70,000.
Trade unions have warned the government and the public that the NHS is in danger of being “swamped” by COVID-19, with cases spiralling to never-before-seen numbers.
On Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that millions more people in Britain are to face tighter lockdown restrictions, a move made in response to increasing cases and the new, highly transmissible variant of coronavirus spreading across most of England.
Revolution, revolutionary situations and the conditions for revolution are fundamental ideas in Marxist-Leninist theory. Tom Partis and Seán Manuel shed light on what these concepts mean in practice and their importance for the left in Britain today.