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posted on 24/7/2020 12:10Excellent paragraph - Gramsci.

"Covid-19 has been a pretty good standardised test of a government’s competence and a state’s ability to coordinate effectively and quickly. On both counts, Johnson has been a failure. Dithering over lockdown cost tens of thousands of lives, lack of PPE put health and care workers at unconscionable risk, a contact-tracing app that’s up and running in other countries won’t be ready in the UK until winter. 4 decades of neoliberalism and the Balkanisation of the public sector has hollowed out our state capacity. But Johnson’s 50-odd years of political dilettantism left him uniquely ill-prepared for governing in a crisis. In March, when Italy was racked by rising infections and spiralling fatalities, the prime minister boasted of shaking hands with “everybody” at a hospital where there were coronavirus patients. By April, he was in intensive care."

- Ash Sarkar

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  • Excellent paragraph - Gramsci. 24/7 12:10 (read 51 times, 1 post in thread)