An illustration just how limited our so-called democratic space has become

With Kier Starmer's press conference on October 13 the consensus that accompanied the first lockdown has officially broken down. In addition there is widespread talk of Covid-fatigue at the same time as some recognition that it is multi-faceted (Note: Covid Fatigue). One might expect northern (Labour) mayors to challenge central government for bypassing them, but at the same time we have Jake Berry MP for Rossendale and Darwen setting up a “trade union” of 27 conservative MPs as the Northern Research Group  (Note: Northern Opposition)

In this piece I look at track and trace through the lens of a politics that the state is a human activity system operating for the benefit of its citizens