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The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain

If not now, when?

OVER 45,000 people, many of them elderly, have officially died from the coronavirus plague. But the UK recorded 65,000 more deaths than usual in the last three months, so the true figure may be much higher. Whichever way you look at it, Britain has suffered the deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in Europe and one of the highest fatality rates in the whole world.

Nearly 20,000 people are confirmed to have died of COVID-19 in care homes in England and Wales. We also have one of the highest death tolls in the world amongst health and social care workers during the pandemic. At least 540 frontline staff have died after contracting the coronavirus in England and Wales – second only to Russia, which has recorded 545 deaths.

Thankfully the worst seems to be over, at least for the time being. So now is the time for an independent enquiry into the Government’s handling of the crisis. Boris Johnson agrees but not now. He told MPs: “I do not believe that now in the middle of combating, still as we are, a pandemic is the right moment to devote huge amounts of official time to an inquiry, but of course we will seek to learn the lessons of this pandemic in the future and certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened.”

Now is the time. Justice demands answers, whether Johnson likes it or not.