Tag Archives: Pandemic

Britain- “Bring your own bottle scandal” drives Boris Johnson to the edge

By Connor Rosoman, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) In recent weeks, Boris Johnson’s government has faced a mounting crisis, with public support crumbling amid a series of devastating scandals over government ministers breaching their own COVID-19 regulations.  These scandals have come at the same time as COVID-19 case numbers have skyrocketed, and the cost of ...

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Criminal government inaction as Covid cases soar

Extended editorial from the upcoming issue of The Socialist  The beginning of a new year is once again being dominated by an unprecedented, sharp spike in Covid cases. Both here in Ireland and globally, this new wave of the pandemic fuelled by the Omicron variant is resulting in rising hospitalisations and major disruptions to the lives of working-class people. For ...

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Covid in schools is a workplace-safety scandal

By Caitríona Ní Chatháin, second level teacher in Limerick and TUI school steward (personal capacity) On the eve of 1 December, it was announced by the government that masks for children in third class upwards would become compulsory the following day. Both the poor timing and the clumsy, heavy-handed delivery of this message caused widespread confusion and anger. However, the ...

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Capitalist world leaders are to blame for COVID nightmare

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US “Everyone has COVID.” If you live in New York, you’ve heard or seen someone say this in the last 24 hours. For the second day in a row, the state broke its single-day COVID case record. Just like in March 2020, New York City is giving us a glimpse ...

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World economy: Where is the recovery going?

By Eric Byl, ISA International Executive There is much to say about the so-called “post-pandemic” economic rebound. The figures look impressive, but warnings are manifold. New heights in inequality between rich and poor are pouring petrol on existing social tensions and producing new ones. Spiraling food prices are provoking further social explosions. Capitalism’s disastrously slow, uneven and inefficient vaccine rollout ...

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5 reasons why capitalism can’t be patched up, and has to go

By Eddie McCabe If the world today seems chaotic and the future looks bleak, try to remember one thing: it’s not you, it’s capitalism.  The accelerating decay of this system is increasing the rate of all kinds of disasters, as well as their intensity. This reality means more hardship for billions of people daily, and devastation for millions. Naturally, it’s ...

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Hospitality bosses lobby again for pre-mature re-opening

By Michael O’Brien The loud voices from the hospitality lobby went into hiding in the new year. This was after the “meaningful Christmas” promised by Micheál Martin, which led to the easing of restrictions in December, contributed to skyrocketing levels of infections and the highpoint of mortality. Six months on, these same individuals and their most ardent supporters from the ...

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The origins of Covid-19: Lab-Leak or capitalist ecological crisis?

By Chris Stewart In the past month, the capitalist media in the US have shifted decisively in their reporting around the origins of COVID-19. This comes as President Biden has ordered a 90-day review by the US intelligence agencies of the likelihood that the virus originated in a lab in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This concerns two main scenarios, ...

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Despite growth projections, world economy is deeply unstable

By Tom Crean The devastation caused by the pandemic-triggered global downturn in 2020 is hard to overstate. It was the biggest economic contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Across the world, working hours equivalent to 255 million jobs were lost. The World Bank estimates that the number of people in “deep poverty,” defined as living on less than ...

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