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The discovery of a Leicester sweatshop sums up how UK’s workers have been let down by spivs and politicians over the last 20 years

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08.07.2020

I don’t buy into the right-wing argument that black and brown people and migrants are currently most at risk from Covid-19 because of their own actions or their ‘cultural norms’.

What Covid-19 has done is lift the masks that have been hiding exploitation and inequality in our system – and nothing has been as stark in opening this can of worms than the city of Leicester’s recent return to lockdown.

I know Leicester quite well; I used to work there in the 1990s. My mum, who was a representative for the National Union of Knitwear, Footwear and Apparel, visited Leicester weekly, as the union’s head office was located there due to the number of factories in the area and throughout the East Midlands. Both the industry and the union have ceased to exist.

Leicester is a great city; it’s not only the most diverse city in the country, but it’s one of the friendliest. When I heard that it was to be locked down again, I felt real empathy with the community.

But worse was to come, with the initial media consensus suggesting the Covid-19 spike might be due to that diversity and friendliness – those ‘cultural norms’ – squarely laying the blame on the people of Leicester themselves.

What we have learned recently gives some context to this story, which really isn’t just about Leicester but about the working class in Britain, especially those in the post-industrial areas and........

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