A few thoughts on the astonishing situation in Britain at the moment where, amongst all its elements, the dominant expression is one of the decomposition of capitalism and its superstructures. The article on the vandalism of the British government talks about the concentration of power in a small number of hands and Dominic Cummings was a handy scapegoat for the government clique. But, in reality, there was a very small clique from the Conservative Party in power in the early 1980's and, in my opinion, they helped set up the defeat of a major movement of the working class a few years later and where in a situation of the Left in Opposition, they provoked and crushed a pivotal strike with a mixture of trade union corporatism and whatever force at whatever cost necessary. Small cliques have real power in the state particularly when they are seen by its other elements that they are acting in the national interest, which was definitely the case in the 80's. The difference today is the difference of period where this small clique is chaotic, short-term, irrational and prone to division and acts of destruction bearing the marks of decomposition. The "vandals" article is clear about this.
This destruction is like a virus itself and the article above makes the point about how more recently Britain has contributed to the break-up of the old international order. Its now withdrawn Withdrawal Agreement amendment, putting national interest above the legality of international trade deals, was adopted by the Australian parliament and the Russian Duma a couple of weeks ago. While Britain has kept up its military commitments to the US - and will continue to - the Downing Street clique invested big-time in Donald Trump. With all their weekly comings and goings across the Atlantic, British ministers and their advisors rarely met any Democrats and that will not be forgotten by the Americans. Even if Trump had stayed in power tensions would have risen over any greater interference in the "Peace Process" which the US, including many Republicans, regards as a US achievement. Biden's election has given Britain more problems than opportunities it would seem.
"English nationalist" sums up whatever ideology this clique possesses and this means further centrifugal tendencies and divisions, devolution and a move towards a "United Ireland" - which the Biden administration would not be averse to. There's the blatant corruption, the criminal negligence, the utter incompetence and while the divisions and many of the problems within the bourgeoisie will not at all serve the interests of the working class - far from it - like workers everywhere, there has been a distinct "appearance" of the working class in recent travails and it has followed events very closely.
So much for "herd immunity" by the way; the science that never was.