The UK government’s pandemic failings resulted in 120,000 deaths and greater economic damage than any other developed nation – but as they plan reopening, the media seems prepared to let them escape the blame.
From care homes to the test and trace system, England’s coronavirus fiasco has been caused by outsourced companies running what should be public services for private profit.
Today, the NHS is celebrated. But for ten years it has been subject to destructive cutbacks, which led to crumbling facilities, outsourcing, privatisation and staff pay freezes – now is the time to demand better.
Today would have been Tony Benn’s 95th birthday. We remember his contributions to the Labour Party, democracy and socialism.
A 2014 report warned that reforms to the NHS would make it vulnerable to pandemics – by making staff redundant, undermining public health and defining spare capacity as waste. It was ignored.