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Reopening schools won’t help poor children


Governments claim they are reopening schools out of concern for children’s welfare and safety. But Sadie Robinson reveals the real reasons

There are no Tories on our side


Tory disagreements over ending the lockdown reflect splits in the ruling class about how to return to “business as usual”

Inaction makes union leaders complicit


The failures of most trade union leaders to mount any resistance to the Tory government’s fatal handling of coronavirus intensifies the danger to workers

Will US hegemony survive pandemic?


Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States funding for the World Health Organisation symbolises how the coronavirus pandemic has been dominated by national responses to what is a global problem. 

Flying into a storm


Keir Starmer has already failed spectacularly to challenge the Tories since being elected Labour Party leader earlier this month.

Tories’ lies mean thousands die of virus


Tory lies over the coronavirus crisis mean many more people will die. And we are not all in it together—poor, black and vulnerable people will be the hardest hit.

We’re in the fight of our lives—to save our lives


“History has brought mankind to that pinnacle on which the total obliteration of mankind is at last a practical possibility,” wrote the radical scholar Norman O Brown. 

Racism, not genetics, explains why Covid-19 hits black and Asian people harder


The front page of Socialist Worker last week featured faces of some of the many workers in Britain who have died from coronavirus. Of the eight people pictured, six were black or Asian.

‘Business as usual’ is killing workers


Ministers say that a “small minority of people” are putting our lives at risk. That’s true—they sit in the Tory cabinet, on the boards of corporations, and are at the top of society.

Lockdown policies hit the Global South


There’s an old cliche about the economy falling off a cliff. This time it really has, all over the world.

Coronavirus crisis - put workers in charge and end the chaos of capitalism


Our ‘betters’ have now realised that workers matter. So could workers run society without bosses?

Virus shows how capitalist system fails millions


The coronavirus crisis has exposed capitalism as a brutal and inhumane system that fails to meet people’s most basic needs.

A warning from Hungary


Hungary’s government effectively declared itself a dictatorship on Monday under the guise of combating coronavirus.

Coronavirus crisis exposes the myth of a progressive EU


The coronavirus crisis has exposed political leaders as wanting. The systematic bungling by Boris Johnson’s government is summed up by the fact that he, his health secretary and the chief medical adviser have all tested positive for the virus.

Thousands across the country clap to show solidarity with the NHS


The #ClapForOurCarers this week was a huge, grassroots event that reflected a desire by ordinary people to show solidarity, pull together and help one another in difficult times.

Government cost-cutting in the NHS over a decade ago is putting lives at risk now


Why is the NHS failing to get the right protective equipment to health workers coming face to face with the coronavirus?

Coronavirus exposes capitalist greed


The crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak is testing every political force in society—and exposing some basic truths.

Labour and union chiefs fail coronavirus test


The crisis caused by coronavirus is testing every political force in society—and exposing some basic truths. One remarkable feature is how often the Labour Party agrees with the right wing Tory government.

An imperial disaster


If coronavirus rips through countries ravaged by imperialism, it would spell catastrophe for millions.

Coronavirus crisis is a big blow to neoliberalism


If you want a sense of how bad the crisis is, just look at Boris Johnson’s face

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