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How our political establishment and media have failed us in the UK

Owen Jones confronts the catastrophic failures of our political leaders:

Because of Johnson’s incompetence, inhumanity, laziness and hubris, and the entirely avoidable, disastrous decisions made by his team, tens of thousands of people suffered premature and avoidable deaths.

…the silence and complicity of our media

‘Firmly and calmly’, gushed one Telegraph editor who later became a government speechwriter, ‘the UK is leading Europe in the fight against the coronavirus’. ‘This was Boris Johnson’s Churchill moment’, cooed the Financial Times.

…and the impotence of the opposition party

…the Labour leadership declared it would work ‘constructively’ with the government and not be opposition for opposition’s sake, even praising aspects of the official response as an amazing piece of work a month into lockdown.

This is a scary and valuable read, but it offers no solutions

In just a few words, this article lays bare the fundamental failures of vital parts of our ailing democracy.

But, to my huge distress, I’ve read nothing — here or anywhere else — that proposes a credible strategy to halt the UK’s relentless slide into chaos, corruption, and autocracy.