Article: The politics of Covid-19: ‘busy’ parks and public blame

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My short article for Red Pepper online really seemed to hit a nerve over the April Bank Holiday weekend (raking up around 200,000 reads in the process). In it, I track some of the ways in which ministers and media outlets have attempted to prime the public to blame ‘reckless neighbours’ for repeated government failures and equivocations.

The public is not so pliable, and its been heartening to see in many quarters efforts to hold politicians (and their advisors) accountable – though painfully the most popular media outlets continue to function more as Conservative Party fanzines than journalistic publications.

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