Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1138/32670
From The Socialist newspaper, 16 June 2021
Johnson's G7 hypocrisy
Boris Johnson Estonian presidency/CC (Click to enlarge)
We may all say things we don't mean when we want to impress our peers in a sun-drenched luxury hotel in Cornwall.
In trying to impress his fellow political leaders at the G7 summit, Johnson said: "What's gone wrong with this pandemic, what risks being a lasting scar, is the inequalities that have been entrenched."
Maybe the champagne had gone to his head.
Workers know the truth, especially those who have been working on the frontline during the pandemic, like those in the NHS fighting for a pay rise, or those facing the public sector pay-freeze. That Johnson and his mates in Cornwall have presided over a pandemic that has killed millions, further impoverished billions, and enriched the world's super-rich.
Bizarrely, Johnson said that Britain should build back better "in a more gender-neutral, a more feminine, way". What that means is anyone's guess. Supposedly it was a nod to the G7's pledge to invest more in girls' education in developing countries. But Johnson cut the UK's foreign aid budget by £4 billion this year, including cutting the UK's contribution to the girls' education scheme. Is that more feminine?
What the political representatives of the rich say to impress each other on holiday in sunny Cornwall, and what they do in the shady corridors of power, is another matter. To truly challenge inequality, the working class needs to get its hands on the vast wealth in society. This means nationalising the banks and big companies under democratic workers' control and management as part of a socialist planned economy to meet the needs of all.
Donate to the Socialist Party
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 16 June 2021:
Trade unions and workplace
Left candidate needed for Unite general secretary election
Majority of BFAWU members vote to break from Labour
Right lose control in Unison NEC election
Sparks win victory!
Engineers in fourth week of strike action against huge fire-and-rehire attacks
Leicester University workers strike against redundancies
PCS conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed
Socialist Party to the fore at Unison LG conference
Redbridge school walkout over victimised union rep
Underpaid and overworked - NHS workers say: 'Enough is enough'
Now is the time to fight for the NHS
Save Leicester General Hospital
Will Biden's new foreign policy change the direction of US imperialism?
Tamil Solidarity asylum victory
Who represents the Palestinians?
International solidarity protests
Make vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma
Schools need resources to tackle 'routine' sexual harassment
Neonatal leave introduced: Unions must fight for extensions and full pay
Beth Roper inquest: Train company failures ignored
Birmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor
Johnson's G7 hypocrisy
Campaigns and party news
Enfield byelection: We need councillors prepared to resist
Queues at Socialist Party stall in Cov
National finance meeting
Women's health matters
Books that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists
The Socialist 16 June 2021 |
Join the Socialist
| Audio | PDF | ebook