‘Only the pigs remain’ – A moderate winter of discontent on Covid Island – Winter 2020/21 UK Reports

Angry Workers of the World

The UK has been hard hit by the Covid crisis, both in economic and in human terms. When we started writing this article in January, the numbers of people who died with Covid passed 100,000. In 2020 the UK economy experienced a slump of nearly 10%, a 300 year record. The reasons for the severity of the crisis are pretty obvious: decades of austerity and outsourcing of public services, which leaves departments that are supposed to track and trace Covid cases with outdated Windows Excel programs, resulting in thousands of results getting lost; a similarly degenerated political class which is incapable of holding the complex web of public and private departments of the science and health sector together and instead dishes out contracts to their similarly incapable public school-mates; an increasingly failing local state, which


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