They've all been happy to live with the Johnson virus

Workers' Fight workplace bulletin editorials
26 January 2022

For weeks now, the political question of the day has been "will Johnson resign, or won't he"?  The answer is meant to depend on the findings of Sue Gray's inquiry into the "Party-gate" scandal, (commissioned by the PM himself...), which was published on Wednesday.  But now the cops are also involved.  So in the meantime, Johnson - who wants to remain "king" forever, no matter what - is going nowhere.

    The workers and poor of this country - who live every day with the injustices of this class society - don't need this storm in the Westminster teacup to "reveal the truth" about this "one rule for them and another for us" set-up!  As for champion fibber Johnson, being "proven" to lie...  what more can be said?

    Starmer's Labour opposition has of course, smelt blood.  So, to the exclusion of everything else going on in the world, they are going in for the "kill" - or at least trying to.  But even if Johnson resigns or is sacked, Starmer, whose personal popularity sits at 29% (Johnson still has a 1 point lead!) is unlikely to gamble on a general election, which he may not win. 

    It is worth remembering that up to now, Labour and the rest of the opposition politicians have been co-existing very happily with the Johnson virus.  Never mind that his government's Covid policy killed 30,000 elderly in care during the first and second waves.  Or that the official, (underestimated) death toll already passed 150,000 this month.  Johnson's vaccine and booster campaigns have given them all amnesia.

    As for the effects of Brexit, they don't even mention the word.  But what "benefits" has it brought so far?  The exodus of skilled and professional workers, adding to the dire shortage of staff in the already-collapsing NHS and social care systems; the huge losses for farmers and fishing; the disinvestment of car and heavy engineering companies, with worse to come when further trade tariffs come in, in July this year. And then there is the provocation of new Irish Troubles...  But Starmer, for one, had already decided to live with the Brexit virus... 

    So yes, the current "labouring" of this "Party-gate" melodrama, ends up being a diversion which can only, paradoxically, benefit the Conservative government - if not Johnson - at the end of the day.  The working class can get no mileage out of it.