No 1389 May 2020 Contents

Editorial: Locked down under capitalism Pathfinders: Denialists and doomsayers Cooking the Books 1: Social distancing and hte wages system Wood for the Trees: Peer review Material World: Meanwhile in East Africa Cooking the Books 2: System Change not policy change Proper Gander: TV and the virus Book Reviews 50 Years Ago: Canada to grow no wheat in 1970 Rear View: Back page Free Lunch: Cartoon Society: Abstraction or Reality The Virus our Perspective: Covid and Class The Virus Media Perspective:Televisual tripe Labour Leader: Faux Radicalism UBI: Redistributing Poverty 100 Years Ago: What We Said Then

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The Socialist Standard is a monthly socialist newspaper published without interruption since 1904 by the Socialist Party of Great Britain.  More



If you were to compile a list of essential workers that your community has been reliant on during the Coronavirus crisis, you’d very likely not include billionaires, CEOs, businessmen, bankers, economists or the royals or that class of people who live off rent, interest and profit. ..More >.


Labour Leader: Faux Radicalism
Labour Party: normal service is resumed.

Keir Starmer has been elected the leader of the Labour Party with 56.2 percent of the vote. His background is a legal one. More >


Society: Abstraction or Reality

Margaret Thatcher once famously said that there is no such thing as society, just individuals and families. It sounds like obvious nonsense, but she claimed that this remark was usually quoted out of context: More >


UBI: Redistributing Poverty
From Lockdown to Basic Income?

The acolytes of the fashionable radical idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) must have been overjoyed by two recent news items. More >

The Virus Media Perspective: Televisual Tripe
 Covid-19 and the Media:

Quarantined at home for the last few weeks, my media consumption has mainly revolved around my three-year-old son’s favourite TV animations. But in between episodes of Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig, I’ve been watching the Covid-19 news narrative unfold. More >

In 1920 a Coalition government was in office under Lloyd George between the Tories and the Liberals who supported ‘Liar George’ and the ‘Welsh wizard’ as even the Socialist Standard called him. Labour was the official opposition. More >

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