The Pandemic Coronavirus COVID-19 and Disabled People

Bob Williams-Findlay writes about the anger at the disregard for the needs and interests of Disabled people by the government during the pandemic.

Covid-19 crisis: issues facing workers

Richie Venton, SSP trade union organiser, looks at the issues that we need to fight for as the havoc neoliberalism coincides with the health crisis.

Made in Downing Street

Market failure has to be replaced by social solidarity. This is what makes the myriad networks and solidarity groupings that have sprung up so important. The left need to make building these our overwhelming priority over the weeks and probably months ahead.

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  • Many instances of grassroots organization at the level of a neighbourhood, a block of flats, with those proposing to help and those needing help (elderly, disabled, in quarantine) making contact, often for the first time, exist in different countries, in Britain, in the Netherlands, in France. In Italy, alongside the practical help, communities have come together to break social isolation and show solidarity through mass singalongs from their balconies.

  • This pandemic starkly poses questions about austerity, profiteering, the control of production and distribution, housing, poverty and homelessness, writes Andy Stowe.

  • Johnson fails to act on WHO key recommendations, but self-organisation and mutual aid is springing up, writes Frank Morris.

  • Jonathan Neale discusses how Trump’s response to the covid-19 outbreak will affect the world economy.

  • Culture Wars and Class Wars

    11th March 2020

    There is growing view on the left that it should concentrate on the ‘class war’ and avoid ‘culture wars’. Phil Hearse argues that instead we fight all oppression, everywhere.

  • More than a cultist

    9th March 2020

    Andrew Coates reviews “Memoirs of a Critical Communist”. He writes that “For those prepared to plunge into the difficulties the left faces, this book is an important reference”.