Incompetence, Cronyism, Repression: One Year On, What is the Covid State?

Last year, I wrote in this blog that the UK government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis was one of ‘callous incompetence’.[1] In hindsight, that was no surprise: their incompetence stemmed from the deliberate underfunding and privatisation of public health services; their callousness was baked-in to the structurally violent principles of Tory ‘austerity’. That analysis

Hidden exposures: coercion and COVID-19 in the office

George, 24, is having to go to work at a small London office during the pandemic, despite being able work from home. “The whole thing is to stay home, save lives…We are laughing in the face of that,” he says. There have been more than 3,700,000 cases and over 100,000 Covid deaths in the UK.

Camps of the Economy and the Freedom in Dying

The nefarious Daily Mail back in early May last year described the legitimate concerns of many people, including among its own readership, about a premature return to work as ‘coronophobia’!  This word implies that people’s real fears for their own safety in a life-threatening pandemic which had already caused by that date at least 143,

Notes from the US

Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Trump and Republicans After the Putsch attempt by Trump, fascist and supremacist militias at the Capitol on 6 January, Trump appears to have made an ignominious exit from public life to

True Covid death toll passes 117,000

The B.1.1.7 aka 501Y.V1 Kent variant of SARS-CoV-2 has 23 mutations and is at least 70% more transmissible, according to most scientific commentators.  By December 20th, it accounted for 60% of Covid cases in London. The alarming rise in death rates since the appearance of this new variant has been confirmed by the Office for