By Julie Hyland, 29 July 2014
Special Demonstration Squad operatives infiltrated hundreds of organisations, concentrating on “extreme left-wing/extreme right-wing” groups and “animal rights/environmental” activists.
By Joe Mount, 29 July 2014
Britain’s universities increasingly rely on private philanthropists for their funding.
By Tony Robson, 28 July 2014
The Conservative Liberal Democrat government has taken major steps towards dismantling Britain’s National Health Service.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2014
A hearing on the operations of Britain’s GCHQ revealed that state interception of electronic communications can relate to political opposition to US foreign policy.
By Paul Bond, 25 July 2014
Northampton, like other Conservative councils, is enthusiastic about selling off the contents of its public museums and art galleries. Labour accepts the argument that artefacts can and should be sold to make up funding shortfalls.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2014
Advocates of charging for doctors’ services argue that a system of free health care for all is no longer sustainable due to the economic crisis.
By our reporters, 22 July 2014
Demonstrators on the protest in Leeds, West Yorkshire carried placards saying “BBC=British Brainwashing Channel” and shouted “We are all Palestinians now.”
By Julie Hyland, 21 July 2014
David Cameron has seized on Thursday’s tragic crash in eastern Ukraine to demand a “reset of European-Russia relations.”
By our reporters, 21 July 2014
The London protest, called under the banner of “justice and freedom” for Palestine, chanted slogans including “Stop Israel’s war crimes” and “End Israeli Apartheid”.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 July 2014
Behind all the talk of democratic values, the British bourgeoisie—like its counterparts the world over—are developing more and more repressive measures to police working people.
By Margot Miller, 19 July 2014
As a proportion of total UK public spending, a miniscule 0.5 percent now goes to the arts.
By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2014
The vote to fast track into legislation the Data Retention and Investigative Powers Act by Britain’s Parliament shows the extent to which the structures for police states are being prepared in Europe.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2014
The UN has declared that bulk metadata collection, use of secret courts, and surveillance-guided drone strikes violate basic principles of international law.
By Julie Hyland, 17 July 2014
The resignation of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague signifies a further shift to the right.
By Paul Bond, 17 July 2014
The Docklands Light Railway, established to serve London’s financial district, has long been the testing ground for a more generalised assault on workers’ conditions.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 July 2014
For all his complaints against the supporters of Scottish nationalism, Galloway is no less hostile to the independent political mobilisation of the working class than the pro-independence camp.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014
The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.
By Richard Tyler, 14 July 2014
Once again, the so-called “war on terror” is being employed to abrogate civil liberties and strengthen the repressive powers of the state.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in a number of town and cities in England who participated in last Thursday’s national public sector strike and protests.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 12 July 2014
The National Health Service will be one of the hardest hit social services in a public land selloff.
By our reporters, 12 July 2014
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking teachers on the demonstration in London during Thursday’s nationwide public-sector strike.
By Julie Hyland, 11 July 2014
Thursday’s action was the minimum necessary for the trade union bureaucrats to persuade the government that it needs their assistance in policing the working class.
By Dennis Moore, 10 July 2014
Under the new eligibility system, thousands have died after being deemed fit for work, with thousands more denied benefit payments.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2014
The government’s slashing of National Health Service funding is the cause of the crisis.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2014
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is to advise Egyptian president and military dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
By Steve James, 7 July 2014
BBC’s “Newsnight” has revealed 2012 plans for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2014
Only 10 percent of searches lead to an arrest and black people are six times more likely to be stopped than whites.
By Steve James and Jordan Shilton, 5 July 2014
On a recent tour, Tommy Sheridan did not issue a word of criticism of the Scottish National Party, Scotland’s main capitalist party.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 3 July 2014
By the end of the current parliament (2015), core funding for councils will have been reduced by 40 percent.
By Berndt Reinhardt, 2 July 2014
Refugees in Berlin are demanding the democratic right to be free to choose where they live, work and raise a family.
By Tony Robson, 2 July 2014
Since coming to power in May 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has been able to mount a one-sided assault on the working class thanks to the unions.
By Joe Mount, 1 July 2014
The punitive policy means that youth without A-levels or equivalent qualifications would lose their income unless they enroll in vocational training courses.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 June 2014
Alex Evans from the Sheffield Star was at the city’s train station filming a pensioners’ protest when he was ordered to delete his footage.
By Danny Richardson, 25 June 2014
Job cuts form part of the firm’s Global Business Services (GBS) restructuring plans.
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2014
Tempora operates on a similarly massive scale to that of Prism and is able to record 600 million “telephone events” per day.
By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2014
Official statistics confirm that the UK’s economic “recovery” is benefiting only the super-rich, to the detriment of working people.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2014
A new report by the Equality Trust exposes the regressive character of Britain’s tax system.
By Barry Mason, 20 June 2014
Testimony in ongoing inquiry into the 1989 stadium disaster, in which 96 people lost their lives, showed that the venue had an out-of-date safety certificate.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2014
The British bourgeoisie are concerned at the reawakening of anti-war opposition.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 June 2014
Coming in the context of a series of reports on the astronomical levels of social inequality in Britain and internationally, Carney’s comments are a warning to ruling circles over the instability of their social order and the inevitability of mass social opposition.
By Paul Stuart, 14 June 2014
The brutal measure was exposed by a member of the public who passed the entrance each day on his way to work.
By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2014
The witchhunt began in November when an anonymous letter, now widely accepted to have been a hoax, was sent to the media.
By Tony Robson, 12 June 2014
The recent Healthcare at Home debacle underscores the danger to public health resulting from the privatisation of the UK’s National Health Service.
By Dennis Moore, 11 June 2014
Due to years of budget cuts, Kew Gardens has a £5 million shortfall, leaving it ever more dependent on philanthropic and commercially generated funding.
By Joe Mount, 10 June 2014
This will be the first decade since records began in 1961 that has not seen a fall in absolute child poverty in the UK.
By Simon Whelan, 9 June 2014
The NUM is promoting a buyout of the pit in which the workforce will have to invest their own money in a venture that has no guarantee of success.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 June 2014
In the wake of the European elections, leading figures within the British Labour Party have stepped up their calls to embrace the policies of UKIP.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 7 June 2014
Despite the widespread abuse of the severely disabled people in their care, none of Winterbourne View’s executives were ever questioned, let alone charged or jailed.
By Robert Stevens, 4 June 2014
Publication of the findings of the Iraq war inquiry, overseen by Sir John Chilcot, has been delayed for three years because the cover-up being concocted behind the backs of the population.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2014
This is the first time the International Criminal Court in The Hague has opened an enquiry into a Western state.
By Julie Hyland, 2 June 2014
More than 1 in 4 of all new recruits are under age 18.
By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Scott Tulloch, who runs a foodbank at Lower Broughton in central Salford about the growth in emergency food aid.
By Julie Hyland, 27 May 2014
For the last weeks, the main political parties and the media have sought to draw a veil of silence over events in Ukraine.
By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2014
The results of local elections in England indicate that the General Election in 2015 could result in a hung parliament for the second time in a row.
By our reporters, 24 May 2014
Skelton spoke alongside candidates from the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Pirate Party, UK Independence Party, English Democrats, Independence from Europe and the fascist British National Party.
By SEP candidate Ajitha Gunaratne, 24 May 2014
The SEP received a warm reception for its campaign against the European Union and for the United Socialist States of Europe.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 May 2014
Britain’s super-rich elite now control wealth equivalent to one third of total economic output, or £519 billion.
By our reporter, 23 May 2014
Marsden explained that the SEP “advances a perspective that defends the working class.”
By Michael Barnes, 22 May 2014
No2EU (No to the European Union), established by the unions, along with the Socialist Party and Communist Party, seeks to divert growing opposition in the working class into a nationalist dead end.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2014
The concentration of wealth in a few hands contrasts ever more horrifically with worsening impoverishment for a growing proportion of the population.
By our reporter, 20 May 2014
Marsden responds to interviewer Stuart George’s questions regarding what the Socialist Equality Party was born out of and what it stood for.
SEP campaign in Liverpool: “I think we need a real left wing party, an alternative to the three main parties”
By our reporters, 19 May 2014
Workers expressed disgust with the right-wing policies of the major parties and concern over events in Ukraine.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2014
Senior conductors at London Midland depots voted down a productivity package that would have overturned employee protections secured in past struggles.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann and Christoph Dreier, 17 May 2014
Several hundred lorry drivers demonstrated in Berlin on the first Saturday in May against low wages, part of protests in a number of European cities.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2014
Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has not addressed the evidence of systematic and illegal mass surveillance by US and British agencies revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2014
The Socialist Equality Party’s campaign in the North West of England has met a warm response from workers and young people.
By Julie Hyland, 13 May 2014
The Times figures show that the UK now has one billionaire for every 600,000—the highest concentration in the G8.
By our reporters, 12 May 2014
In light of the criminal drive to war against Russia by US and European imperialism, Skelton called for an end to militarism.
By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2014
The layoffs include 7,000 job cuts at the firm’s investment banking operations.
By Ben Trent, 10 May 2014
Since the legislation was enacted in 2000, Britain’s tax authorities have used it tens of thousands of times to snoop through phone and email records.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2014
The hypocritical, cross-party campaign is being organised by Migration Matters Trust, a coalition of politicians, business representatives and trade unions that calls for a public debate on immigration.
By Paul Bond, 8 May 2014
Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground.
By Ajitha Gunaratne—candidate of the SEP (UK) for the European elections, 6 May 2014
The following statement has been issued by Ajitha Gunaratne, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.
By Mary Smith, 5 May 2014
Last week’s announcement that Revenue and Customs is considering making taxpayers’ personal data commercially available to private companies has further demonstrated the UK government’s determination to turn a profit from private information.
By Julie Hyland, 2 May 2014
An anonymous letter has been used to launch a witchhunt of teachers and schools.
By Danny Dickinson—SEP (UK) candidate in the European elections, 2 May 2014
The following appeal for a struggle in defence of Liverpool’s art and culture has been issued by Danny Dickinson, one of the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates for the North West England constituency in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament.
By Steve James, 1 May 2014
The SNP’s appeal to current and former Labour supporters is based firstly on their assessment that the vote in September appears finely balanced.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2014
In his speech calling for greater Western intervention in the Middle East, Blair defended Egypt’s 2013 military coup as the “absolutely necessary rescue of a nation”.
By Paul Bond, 30 April 2014
The second 48-hour strike by workers on the London Underground over ticket office closures and job losses has severely disrupted transport in the capital.
By Paul Bond, 28 April 2014
The official media attempts to distance itself from certain racist statements by leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party, while otherwise legitimising the party’s anti-immigrant and xenophobic programme.
By Joe Mount, 26 April 2014
Graduates in the UK are expected to have an average of £66,897 to pay for higher education tuition according to a recent study.
By Joan Smith, 26 April 2014
The Natural History Museum in London is holding an exhibition on the human occupation of Britain that runs until September 28, 2014.
By Richard Tyler, 25 April 2014
The scrambling of RAF fighters to intercept two Russian aircraft underscores the dangers posed by US and European imperialism’s reckless actions against Russia.
By Mark Blackwood, 24 April 2014
The Royal College of General Practitioners warned that general practice care is being destroyed by health care cuts.
By SEP candidate Robert Skelton, 24 April 2014
The following statement has been issued by Robert Skelton, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.
By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2014
News that Britain’s Labour Party has appointed David Axelrod to head its campaign for the 2015 General Election came as the Trussell Trust reported that the numbers it was helping to feed through its food banks rose by 163 percent last year.
By Julie Hyland and Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2014
A debate between Labour and the United Kingdom Independence Party in Manchester over British membership in the European Union underscored the reactionary character of both the official “pro” and “anti”-European camps.
By Barry Mason, 21 April 2014
A joint investigation by the Guardian newspaper and the campaigning organisation False Economy has revealed that 670,000 of the poorest households throughout England will face an average £120 council tax increase.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 April 2014
The promotion of the UKIP is part of a strategy to move politics sharply to the right in the lead-up to the European elections.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 April 2014
SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the first European election meeting, “Our programme has stood the test of time. We ask you not just to vote for us, but to join and help build the SEP.”
By Julie Hyland, 17 April 2014
Britain’s ruling elite, above all, want to erase the lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere in order to prepare even greater crimes.
By our reporters, 17 April 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to several members of the audience at the SEP European election meeting in the North West England constituency.
By Tony Robson, 15 April 2014
The dismantling of legal aid is bound up with the drive by the British ruling elite to eliminate the last vestiges of the welfare state.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 April 2014
The state banquet organised by the British monarchy for Irish President Higgins, and attended by Sinn Fein’s McGuinness, is an acknowledgement of the common interests of the ruling class on both sides of the Irish Sea.
By our reporters, 12 April 2014
The protest reflected growing anger at police brutality and impunity.
By Steve James, 12 April 2014
The organising committee for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow in August, have announced their intention to demolish five of the city's Red Road tower blocks.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014
The televised debates between the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party demonstrated the chasm that separates the interests of the working class from the entire parliamentary setup.
By Barry Mason, 31 March 2014
Thousands of people have had their benefits withdrawn, as sanctions on the unemployed increase.
By Margo Miller, 29 March 2014
The strike forced 3,000 schools—12 percent of the total number of schools—to shut their doors completely.