Forty-five million people have been infected by Covid-19 globally, with over one million tragically losing their lives. The UK has now surpassed 1.37 million cases, with around 52,000 deaths. In Northern Ireland, we have reached 46,359 cases and 846 deaths. While there are promising signs that effective vaccines may be available in the near future, there is evidence that new strains of the virus are rapidly emerging. There are also serious questions about how rapidly, efficiently and equally vaccination programmes will be rolled out.
The pillars of capitalist rule such as the IMF, World Bank and EU are announcing extraordinary economic measures to deal with the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis that will affect the balance of class forces and struggle and vice versa.
A socialist society based on solidarity and collaboration would elevate the arts to another plane – a far greater level of significance and development than that which is possible in our current, profit-driven system
The discussion about how a planned economy would work is a crucial one for the workers’ movement and the oppressed.