INSIDE LABOUR | Recovery from Covid-19 starts with democracy, not a ruling elite

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The stark, frightening reality of the consequences of Covid-19 and the reactions to it are becoming increasingly obvious. And no more so than in the estimates for the rate of unemployment in a country already recognised the world's worst in the jobless stakes.

An official level of 50% - half the adult population between the ages of 15 and 60 - being out of work is projected in some quarters. But whether it be a post-Covid three million or one million additional women and men losing their jobs is irrelevant: either way, the situation is critical.

The social fabric is already badly torn, resulting in more unrest, land invasions and more acts of desperation that add to soaring crime statistics. This causes not just the wealthy to panic; it can drive many of those who have a little into the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) laager, fearful of those who have nothing.

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