The Westminster Government doesn’t have the answers or wherewithal to prepare us for a possible second wave. Outside of somehow escaping a recurrence or having a vaccine, our hopes lie with ourselves and our ability for co-operation.
In Liverpool, Co-op Party councillors have used the Assets of Community Value (ACV) register to protect and boost community pubs and venues.
Co-operatives are more resilient and sustainable than conventional business - and driven by their values they have risen to the challenge of this crisis and helped their communities. As we rebuild the economy after Covid-19, co-operatives offer us all a say and a stake in a fairer economy.
In years to come I don’t want people to look at recent events in Bristol and dwell on the removal of a statue. I want people to see a city which is more and not less equal than it is now, where people of all backgrounds challenge racism and inequality.
Just as Scotland was unprepared for this public health crisis, so too are we unprepared for the upcoming crisis in our economy.
History has taught us that caring for communities, tackling climate change, protecting workers and consumers, and sharing wealth more fairly cannot be left to the market alone.
We must again draw on the Co-operative Party's ideas and values if we are to re-think and re-cast the Wales of tomorrow in the face of this current moment of disruption and change.
This movement and the giants upon whose shoulders it stands paved the way for me and others like me not just to be here, but to hold positions like the one I do as Wales’ Health Minister.
For those retail workers who have done so much to support us all during the crisis, these changes would put greater pressure on them.
A huge 90% did not feel that sharing wealth fairly was given priority in the pre-coronavirus economy, and 82% did not feel that protecting workers and consumers took priority either.
As I reflect back over the years that got us to this point, it’s hugely noticeable that co-operation has been the key to our success.
Public Health England’s latest report makes for grim reading. If you are black, Asian or minority ethnic, you are more likely to die from coronavirus. It is the most tragic proof of the deeply entrenched inequality and discrimination in our society.
This Volunteers Week 2020 should form the basis of a new relationship, as we start to determine the future, and should provide clear vision to the path ahead.
As talk begins of a ‘return to normal’, it’s important that we recognise that for those who have lost loved ones, there is no going back. The Government needs to provide a way forward for those left behind – and to do this, a roadmap to dignity in bereavement is essential.
A million children across the UK are having their future chances hurt because they lack access to technology: to build a fairer future post-Coronavirus, we need to end digital deprivation.