Britain

US Army Chief of Staff urges increase in British military spending

By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2015

The interview promoted by the Telegraph is part of a concerted campaign to intimidate widespread anti-war sentiment in the face of a significant expansion of militarism.

Sell-off: The abolition of your NHS

A revealing exposure of the destruction of health care in the UK

By Joan Smith, 28 February 2015

The documentary exposes the extent to which Britain’s National Health Service has been privatised.

Top British politicians caught in cash for access sting

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2015

Former ministers Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were caught on camera in a Channel 4 television broadcast attempting to peddle their political influence to business contacts.

UK retail giant Tesco announces thousands of job losses

By John Farmer, 25 February 2015

The UK’s largest retailer is cutting jobs in the face of growing competition from low-cost supermarket chains.

Defence establishment complains of Britain’s “irrelevance” in world affairs

By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 18 February 2015

There is growing criticism of the government of Prime Minister David Cameron for not playing a more aggressive role in military operations worldwide.

British unions recommend health service workers accept another pay cut

By Ajanta Silva, 14 February 2015

Health care workers have already suffered from four years of pay freezes, cuts, worsening job conditions and an increase in pension contributions.

Britain’s GCHQ given free rein to continue mass surveillance

By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2015

GCHQ and the UK government welcomed the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling as it allows them to continue the mass surveillance of the population.

UK Police Federation votes for all police to be given access to Taser guns

By Margot Miller, 11 February 2015

The vote by the Police Federation is part of the move to authoritarian forms of rule in Britain.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union

By Chris Marsden, 7 February 2015

The invitation of the neo-fascist leader is of a piece with both contemporary political requirements within ruling circles and the recent political pedigree of the Oxford Union.

UK Conservatives set out “English Votes for English Laws”

By Julie Hyland, 6 February 2015

Greater devolution, whether in its Scottish or English guise, is directed towards a layer of the upper middle class hostile to any semblance of redistributive economic measures.

Further evidence of deaths due to UK welfare benefits sanctions

By Dennis Moore, 5 February 2015

Those sanctioned are often the most poor and vulnerable, who will face having to live on little or no money.

UK’s first privatised hospital fails

By Ajanta Silva, 31 January 2015

The NHS now has to step in and clear up the financial and patient care disaster created by the private health care operator at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

UK Iraq war inquiry report delayed yet again

By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2015

Among the records that will reportedly not be published is a minute of a conversation between Tony Blair and George W. Bush six weeks before the Iraq invasion.

UK puts military on standby after Charlie Hebdo attack

By Julie Hyland, 15 January 2015

The attacks in Paris are being utilised to push through authoritarian measures long in gestation.

Oil prices and bond yields continue their decline

By Nick Beams, 14 January 2015

Oil prices on Tuesday sank further toward their levels of 2009, while bond yields hit zero in Japan.

UK uses Charlie Hebdo attack to justify repressive powers

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

In the aftermath of the attack in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to give the security services more powers to intercept the private communications of individuals.

SEP (UK) public meetings: Socialism and the fight against austerity and war

13 January 2015

The SEP (UK) will be holding a series of meetings in March 2015.

Millions in Britain cannot afford to eat properly

By Dennis Moore, 12 January 2015

The figures from a government report are corroborated by the increase in the numbers of people using food banks.

Thousands of UK apprentices paid below minimum wage

By Joe Mount, 9 January 2015

A significant number of young apprentices receive below the minimum wage, work unpaid overtime and have no written contract of employment.

BBC attacks Russell Brand to defend a discredited political setup

By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2015

The BBC’s Nick Robinson denied that his comments breached his professional obligation to political impartiality.

UK: Oppose rationing of vital health services!

By Ajanta Silva, 7 January 2015

What is happening to public health provision in Devon is a warning to the entire working class.

New agreement opens assault on welfare and public sector in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 5 January 2015

The latest pact seeks to deliver full implementation of the austerity measures demanded by the British government in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

British nurse in critical condition with Ebola

By Barry Mason, 5 January 2015

So far more than 7,800 people have been killed by the Ebola virus.

UK: Thousands of City Link delivery workers sacked on New Year’s Eve

By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2015

City Link is the latest in a number of private equity-backed companies that have gone bankrupt over the last few years.

Further militarisation of UK schools

By Joe Mount, 29 December 2014

The British elite responded to the 2011 inner-city youth riots by demanding the militarisation of the education system.

UK mental health services in crisis

By Dennis Moore, 27 December 2014

Cuts to mental health services have led to enormous demand with little capacity to meet it.

Britain: Hospital patients face eviction for “bed blocking”

By Ajanta Silva, 23 December 2014

To meet government demands for efficiency savings, the trust has reduced beds and cut down staffing levels.

Britain: Perverse verdict clears security guards of Jimmy Mubenga killing

By Julie Hyland, 20 December 2014

The racism evidenced by the guards’ text messages is one deliberately cultivated by the ruling class to scapegoat foreign workers for the social crisis created by capitalism.

British troops returning to Iraq

By Mark Blackwood, 17 December 2014

Iraq is once again at the center of the imperialist scramble for domination of the Middle East and Eurasia.

Mass surveillance ruled legal in UK

By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2014

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK.

Mass arrests at Eric Garner protest in London

By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2014

The mass arrests at the Westfield demonstration reflect the nervousness of the ruling elite in the face of any form of dissent.

British Labour Party strikes a pose against NHS privatisation

By Tony Robson, 16 December 2014

The bill brought by Labour MP Clive Efford leaves intact the framework to outsource services to the private sector.

UK faces a return to 1930s levels of poverty

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2014

The ruling elite in Britain intend to carry out an offensive against the working class equal to that in Greece.

US Senate committee agreed to conceal UK complicity in CIA torture

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report.

Leaked photos show UK nuclear plant poses public safety threat

By Trevor Johnson, 10 December 2014

Spent fuel rods abandoned in neglected storage ponds are in danger of being exposed to the air, which could set off a nuclear explosion.

UK: Police use tear gas to repress student sit-in at Warwick University

By Joe Mount, 8 December 2014

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious.

London’s New Era housing estate residents take protest to Downing Street

By Allison Smith, 5 December 2014

The housing residents are demanding a halt to rent increases and the threat of eviction.

UK and China clash over Hong Kong

By Julie Hyland, 4 December 2014

A significant section of the ruling elite in Washington and London are using the dispute over Hong Kong’s status to encourage the dismemberment of China.

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him.

Scottish student debt skyrockets

By Joe Mount, 2 December 2014

Although tuition is free in Scotland, miserly levels of student support mean that students must turn to loans to cover their living costs.

UK Prime Minister Cameron launches fresh attack on European Union migrants

By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2014

Cameron has previously proposed a cap on the number of European Union migrants allowed to enter the UK.

Report of Russian warship manoeuvres in English Channel highlights growing war danger

By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2014

The largest military manoeuvres presently being staged are by NATO, in Poland, under the Readiness Action Plan agreed at the NATO summit in Wales.

Housing rights campaigners speak out on UK government’s social cleansing

By our reporters, 29 November 2014

WSWS reporters spoke to Isabel Counihan-Sanchez and her daughter Sarah about their experiences with eviction and their involvement in the Housing 4 All campaign.

UK workers see six years of falling wages

By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2014

Young workers have borne the brunt of the post-2008 assault on pay, with the real wages level of those under 25 falling back to below levels last seen in 1988.

The fight against war and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

28 November 2014

This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28.

Britain joins campaign to revoke passports

Political dissidents to be rendered stateless

By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2014

Once again, under the guise of the “war against terror”, the state is accruing authoritarian powers, including the ability to effectively render a British citizen stateless.

UK report on murder of soldier drives calls for deeper state repression

By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2014

The report into the murder of soldier Lee Rigby is being used to introduce new draconian "anti-terror" legislation.

British health unions carrying out fraudulent “fair pay fight”

By Ajanta Silva, 24 November 2014

It was the Labour Party’s Private Finance Initiatives that began the privatisation of health care.

UK Independence Party wins Rochester by-election

By Julie Hyland, 22 November 2014

The result is another blow to the Conservative Party, which lost its Clacton seat to UKIP only last month.

Tories and Labour compete to scapegoat migrants for British social crisis

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 21 November 2014

The anti-immigrant stance being taken by all the bourgeois parties is aimed at further curtailing the democratic and social rights of working people as a whole.

UK faces further round of austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2014

The new cuts to be inflicted by whichever government emerges from the next election will be even deeper and more widespread.

New UK study finds 300,000 more people living in poverty

By Dennis Moore, 19 November 2014

Since 2008, soaring food and fuel costs have had a severe impact on the poorest 20 percent.

Scottish National Party budget delivers another round of cuts

By Steve James, 18 November 2014

The SNP government has imposed spending levels set by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition in Westminster.

European Court rules governments can refuse migrants social welfare

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 November 2014

The German ruling class welcomes workers from poorer EU states as a source of cheap labour, but they are effectively second class citizens with no democratic or social rights.

UK government assumes control of Tower Hamlets local authority

By Jordan Shilton, 15 November 2014

The fact that only minor examples of wrongdoing were identified in a nearly 200-page report points to the political character of the decision to send in commissioners.

Still The Enemy Within: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left

By Paul Mitchell, 15 November 2014

The central problem with the documentary is its promotion of the state capitalist Socialist Workers Party’s perspective, which lets the Labour Party and the unions entirely off the hook for the betrayal of the miners.

UK parliament backs anti-democratic European Arrest Warrant

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2014

It was Labour that effectively shut down any discussion on the EAW and ensured its passage.

New head of Britain’s GCHQ demands Internet companies act as state informers

By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2014

Within hours of Robert Hannigan becoming the new director of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters spy centre, he demanded it be allotted greater powers.

Local government unions push acceptance of poverty pay in the UK

By Tony Robson, 12 November 2014

Britain’s public sector unions are attempting to push through a deal that is little more than a repackaging of the government’s pay restraint.

UK postal workers take unofficial strike action

By Zach Reed, 10 November 2014

The walkouts are a result of work speedups and job cuts at Royal Mail.

UK teenage killer named publicly and sentenced to 20 years

By Julie Hyland, 8 November 2014

Having successfully petitioned for the overturning of his anonymity, much of the media have used Cornick’s case as an occasion for prurient coverage and demands for retribution.

UK Tories in conflict with Merkel government over limiting EU immigration

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2014

High level sources within the German government have indicated they are prepared to see Britain leave the European Union.

Research confirms harshness of sentences handed out to youth following the 2011 UK riots

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2014

The denial of basic rights to those arrested showed there was no constituency within the British ruling class prepared to defend basic democratic norms.

Popular opposition grows to London Newham council’s social cleansing policies

By our reporters, 3 November 2014

An occupation by 29 young mothers of an empty block of former social housing flats in London has highlighted the social cleansing policies of Labour Party-controlled Newham council.

UK Tories intensify anti-EU, anti-immigrant rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to make immigration reform the centrepiece of a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the European Union.

Workers protest East London Labour council budget cuts

By Paul Stuart, 21 October 2014

Already 800 local authority jobs have been lost in Barking and Dagenham under cuts implemented by Labour.

Tens of thousands march in London against low wages

By Paul Mitchell, 20 October 2014

At Saturday’s rally, the trade union leaders spoke as if they have had nothing to do with the onslaught on living standards and declining wages.

University study exposes growing hunger in South London borough of Lambeth

By Allison Smith, 18 October 2014

A study on food insecurity in Lambeth, South London revealed that more than 75 percent of parents had reduced the size of their meals or skipped meals.

Britain: NHS at “breaking point,” say top health professionals

By Ajanta Silva, 13 October 2014

An open letter from the heads of a number of health professional bodies speaks of “signs of a system buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flat lining budgets.”

Right-wing UK Independence Party benefits from disaffection in British by-elections

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2014

UKIP makes its core appeal on opposition to the European Union, while peddling anti-immigrant chauvinism.

UK unions begin to demobilise their own pathetic protest strike

By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2014

Strikes were called to give undeserved credibility to the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) October 18 “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march and rally in London.

Dire shortage of affordable housing in the UK

By Dennis Moore, 8 October 2014

The shortage of affordable housing is a consequence of years of not building the houses required to meet demand.

UK terror trial collapses because defendant briefed MI5

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2014

Moazzam Begg was one of four people arrested in February on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria, possessing documents for a purpose connected to terrorism.

Britain begins bombing in Iraq

UK Conservatives pledge further attacks on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 2 October 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May announced that if the Conservatives are returned to power in 2015, they will fully implement the “snoopers charter.”

UK pilots union agrees mass layoffs/pay cuts at Monarch

By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2014

Monarch is going through a major restructuring with the stated aim of becoming a “low-cost” airline.

Michael Banda, former leader of the British WRP, dies at age 84

29 September 2014

Until the crisis that erupted in the Workers Revolutionary Party in 1985, Banda was a central leader of the British Trotskyist movement for more than three decades.

Britain’s parliament votes for war in Iraq, and also Syria

By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament there was “no legal barrier” to Britain extending parliament’s approval for bombing Iraq to cover similar action in Syria.

Britain prepares to join US-led war in Iraq and Syria

By Paul Mitchell, 26 September 2014

Both the Conservatives and Labour Parties back British involvement in the US-led war, which is aimed at reasserting military dominance in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Unending austerity pledged by UK Conservatives and Labour alike

By Robert Stevens, 25 September 2014

Labour is positioning itself as the most favoured and trusted instrument to impose austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy.

Britain’s fake-left groups seek permanent nationalist alliance in Scotland

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 22 September 2014

Having embraced nationalism in Scotland, Britain’s fake-left groups are emerging ever more openly as right-wing tendencies.

UK: National Health Service staff ballot for strike action over pay

By Tony Robson, 19 September 2014

The trade unions have opened the door to four separate pay rates for National Health Service staff performing the same job across the UK.

Victorian-era diseases return to Britain

By Julie Hyland, 17 September 2014

Figures from England and Wales indicate that there was a 19 percent increase in the number of people hospitalised for malnutrition in the last year.

The impact on Europe of the Scottish independence referendum

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014

The immense tensions generated by the Scottish referendum point to an unprecedented crisis of rule, whatever the outcome of Thursday’s ballot.

UK prepares for full military action in Syria and Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014

Using aid worker David Haines’ murder by ISIS as the casus belli, British Prime Minister Cameron is preparing to back military strikes in Iraq and Syria.

Workers and youth support Socialist Equality Party campaign in opposition to Scottish nationalism

By our reporters, 16 September 2014

Workers and young people in Scotland have responded positively to the SEP’s call for a “No” vote in Thursday’s referendum on the basis of a rejection of nationalism and the fight for the unity of workers in Britain and internationally.

Possible “yes” vote in Scotland referendum provokes split in UK Conservative Party

By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2014

There is a gathering political crisis in the Conservative Party over the September 18 referendum on Scotland's independence from the UK.

Report exposes impact of tax hikes on London poor

By James Hatton and Paul Bond, 8 September 2014

Last year’s elimination of the council tax benefit has raised local taxes for over 300,000 poor residents of London.

Third televised debate in Scottish referendum: No one speaks for working people

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014

As with the two previous debates on the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, none of the genuine concerns facing working people were seriously addressed.

Scottish National Party arms police in preparation for rising social opposition

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2014

Talk of the “Americanisation” of the police in Scotland must be taken seriously, particularly in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Britain outlines new “anti-terror” laws

By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2014

Fundamental democratic norms are being obliterated in a manufactured atmosphere of fear.

UK: The Rotherham child sex abuse scandal

By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2014

A recent report details how, from the early 2000s, social services in Rotherham were collapsing under the impact of budget cuts and growing caseload numbers.

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014

The following is an edited version of a speech given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at a public meeting in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow on August 27.

Poorest in the UK less healthy and dying younger

By Dennis Moore, 2 September 2014

The UK has one of the worst rates for early neonatal deaths in Western Europe.

UK announces new NATO military force, declares terror alert

By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron recently stated that the UK’s “military prowess” is available for use in the Middle East.

Tony Blair offered advice to Kazakhstan dictator

By Robert Stevens, 30 August 2014

Former prime minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair is the go-to man for advice to all manner of blood-soaked dictators.

Income inequality rises sharply in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 28 August 2014

The country is sharply polarised between a tiny minority who control much of the country’s wealth and monopolise political life, and the vast majority who have little control over either.

How Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign sells nationalism to the working class

By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014

The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.

UK undercover police escape prosecution for abusing women

By Julie Hyland, 26 August 2014

More than 10 women are taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, after finding out that their former partners were part of an undercover police unit.

Foley execution used to call for UK military action in Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 25 August 2014

Following each act of terrorism committed by Islamic fundamentalists in the UK, it has soon emerged that the intelligence services knew the perpetrators in advance.

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

By Steve James, 25 August 2014

Scottish nationalists and the ex-left tendencies have thrown all their resources into meetings, canvasses, stunts and leaflet drops to support a campaign, the central purpose of which is the division of the working class in Britain.