Britain

Hurricane Ophelia’s tail hits Ireland and UK

By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017

Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.

Youth suicides at a record high in the UK

By Alice Summers, 14 October 2017

Economic and academic pressures on young people are exacerbated by a systemic decrease of funding for mental health counselling.

UK school funding crisis worsens

By Tom Pearce, 14 October 2017

Due to budget cuts, schools have asked for donations from businesses to provide basic necessities, resulting in further reliance on the private sector.

UK government refuses funds for unsafe tower blocks post-Grenfell

By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2017

No money has been made available to fund the installation of sprinkler systems, despite fire brigades stating that they are essential to prevent fires spreading.

British Clinical Commissioning Group to slash health services in Dorset

By Ajanta Silva, 11 October 2017

More than 75,000 people signed petitions against the Clinical Service Review, with many thousands across the county participating in protest marches, meetings and gatherings in Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth.

UK draws up plans to back US military attack on North Korea

By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2017

At the Conservative Party’s annual conference, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said his government was prepared to use nuclear weapons against North Korea or another adversary.

British government prepares further draconian legislation to censor Internet

By Steve James, 10 October 2017

Rudd’s initial focus is on clamping down on opposition to British imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, but this will inevitably be extended to cover all anti-war sentiment and commentary.

London’s Garden Bridge project abandoned at massive cost

By Paul Bond, 9 October 2017

From an original proposal to pay only “enabling costs” from public funds, £60 million towards capital cost was committed by Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson and then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Tory party on verge of leadership contest after disastrous conference performance by May

By Robert Stevens, 7 October 2017

Theresa May only remains in place to keep the party together and avoid an eruption of unrestrained factional warfare.

Huge increase in UK firefighters with mental health problems

By Dennis Moore, 6 October 2017

Many of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell fire suffered mental health problems following that terrible event.

UK: Corbyn ally John McDonnell declares Labour’s mission is to “stabilise capitalism”

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2017

Despite the “socialist” rhetoric they may spout, the pseudo-left and Stalinist groups are all in fundamental agreement with McDonnell—the job at hand is to defend capitalism.

Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes

By Steve James, 4 October 2017

The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.

Monarch Airlines collapse causes air travel chaos

By Steve James, 3 October 2017

Monarch is the third major European airline to go under this year.

People’s Assembly stage tame protest outside Conservative Party conference

By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2017

The pseudo-left groups are desperate to conceal the fact that the many local Labour authorities have imposed austerity on behalf of the government for years.

Manchester demonstrators: “People are dying under these austerity measures.”

By our reporters, 3 October 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to those attending Saturday’s anti-austerity protest in Manchester.

Grenfell Fire Forum: Wide-ranging discussion and resolution passed opposing Google censorship

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017

Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.

UK public sector employment at record low

By Margot Miller, 2 October 2017

The ruling elite is seeking to return social conditions to the Victorian era, abolishing the post-World War II welfare state.

Parsons Green bomb seized on to call for greater internet censorship

By Steve James, 30 September 2017

The ruling elite are calling for powers to exclude whole sections of the population from internet use, as and when politically convenient.

The Labour Party’s Annual Conference 2017

Corbyn prepares for government: At what price?

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 29 September 2017

If Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was serious about implementing a single one of his pledges, he would alert the working class to the struggle they face to ensure their demands are met.

Attend the Grenfell Fire Forum hosted by the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

29 September 2017

The SEP (UK) is holding the first in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on September 30 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.

More disturbances in UK prisons as conditions worsen

By Peter Reyd, 28 September 2017

Riot squads were called to prisons 30 to 40 times a month to deal with serious disorders between March and November 2016.

UK government moves to prop up super-rich tax haven operations in British Virgin Islands

By Jean Shaoul and Robert Stevens, 27 September 2017

The BVI is known as a tourist location, but the island’s raison d’être for the ruling elite in Britain and globally is as a site for financial swindling on a vast scale.

Row over Brexit punctures myth of unity behind Corbyn at Labour Party conference

By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2017

The conference vote on Brexit took on surreal elements, being held on the same day that it was announced that the beginning of a fourth round of talks between the UK and the EU again broke up without agreement.

May’s overtures to European Union on Brexit terms falls flat

By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2017

While Conservative Prime Minister May’s speech in Florence was flagged as bridge building with the European Union over Brexit, not a single EU leader or representative was present.

UK wields military and security cooperation as a weapon in Brexit negotiations

By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2017

The British government’s position paper on the terms of its exit from the EU stresses the UK’s role as the second military power in NATO, to underline the implicit threat that it will withdraw military and defence co-operation with the bloc.

Socialist Equality Party/International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK) public meetings

Stop Internet Censorship! Stop Google’s political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site

22 September 2017

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings in the UK in opposition to Google’s censorship of the Internet and its blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site.

Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”

By our reporters, 20 September 2017

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke with local residents in Ladbroke Grove, London about the Grenfell Tower fire.

Survivors and local residents speak out on Grenfell Tower Inquiry opening

By our reporters, 19 September 2017

Inquiry Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick claimed that he was “impartial” and had therefore rejected submissions to appoint a local resident to act as an assessor.

Millions of the UK’s poorest families driven into deeper poverty

By Dennis Moore, 19 September 2017

The government’s overall agenda, dressed up as welfare “reform,” is underpinned by slashing welfare spending and encouraging people to move from benefits into work.

UK government officials back Trump demands for Internet censorship following London bombing

By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 18 September 2017

In the name of opposing “extremism,” the May government is preparing a drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.

Lakanal House: Prelude to the Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 2

By Paul Armstrong, 18 September 2017

In the aftermath of the Lakanal House fire, the Labour-controlled council promised £62 million for improved fire safety and maintenance, but residents are still living in death traps.

World Socialist Web Site readers in Britain oppose Google’s censorship campaign

By our reporter, 18 September 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.

Bomb attack on London Underground sets stage for further state repression

By Steve James, 16 September 2017

As with all such outrages, there is no reason to assume that the attack comes as a surprise to the British intelligence agencies.

Lakanal House: Prelude to the Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 1

By Paul Armstrong, 16 September 2017

Recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire, handed down in 2013, were ignored by the Conservative government, local council authorities and the London Fire Brigade.

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the case for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 15 September 2017

The refusal of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to answer questions at the official opening of the government inquiry into the Grenfell Tower inferno epitomises the class arrogance and indifference of the powers-that-be towards working people.

As official Grenfell Tower inquiry opens, UK fire safety provisions under attack

By John Vassilopoulos, 14 September 2017

Arnold Tarling, a chartered surveyor and fire safety expert, told the WSWS government cuts were responsible for the Grenfell Tower inferno.

UK: Pay cap for majority of public sector workers to continue, despite government defeat

By Robert Stevens, 14 September 2017

August saw a further precipitous decline in living standards for all workers, due to the rising cost of fuel, clothes and food imports, with wages as a share of national income the lowest since the Second World War.

UK parliament approves sweeping executive powers under Brexit bill

By Julie Hyland, 13 September 2017

The so-called Great Repeal Bill, incorporating European Union (EU) legislation into British law, passed its second reading in parliament early Tuesday morning.

UK: Tony Blair calls for anti-immigration policies to stop Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2017

The former Labour prime minister called for EU nationals without work in the UK to be barred from renting homes, opening bank accounts and receiving health care.

UK: Labour Mayor in Salford rubber stamps closure of disabled children’s school

By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 11 September 2017

Since 2010, Salford Council has imposed £186 million in cuts to vitally needed services.

UK: May government finalises Grenfell Tower Inquiry cover-up

By Robert Stevens, 9 September 2017

The inquiry has no intention of achieving real justice for the victims of Grenfell—nor remedying the dangers faced by thousands of other tenants across the country.

Royal College of Nursing union holds rally in London

No answers to attacks on public health care

By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 8 September 2017

The “Summer of Action” was largely restricted to appeals to MPs and photo opportunities for RCN bureaucrats and union officials making occasional media appearances.

UK: Refuse workers resume strike after Birmingham Council imposes redundancies

By John Farmer and Robert Stevens, 8 September 2017

Throughout the strike, Unite never called all-out action, even as the Birmingham City Council mounted a mass scabbing operation.

British soldiers arrested for membership in banned fascist group

By Steve James, 7 September 2017

Four soldiers in the British Army were arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as members of the outlawed fascist group National Action.

Labour will seek to block Brexit bill

By Julie Hyland, 7 September 2017

As parliament begins its debate today on the second reading of the so-called Great Repeal bill, the Labour Party officially announced it will vote against.

Rank-and-file committees needed to take forward UK rail workers' safety fight

By Tony Robson, 6 September 2017

Workers need to take the dispute out of the hands of the ASLEF and the RMT and link it with a broader struggle against austerity and cost-cutting in the public and private sectors.

London residents speak on Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 6 September 2017

“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”

No progress in UK- European Union talks over Brexit

By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2017

The European Union insists there can be no progress to discussion on future relations without Britain settling its “divorce” bill first.

Britain’s pseudo-left promote Labour councils enforcing savage cuts

By Laura Tiernan, 4 September 2017

Theresa May’s Tory government, like the Cameron government before it, has relied on local Labour councils to slash millions of pounds from public spending.

Channel Four News anchor Jon Snow: From mea culpas over Grenfell Tower to demands for censorship

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2017

Snow’s proposals to “democratise” the media repeated official complaints about “fake news” used by Google to blacklist the WSWS and other sites.

UK rail workers to continue strikes against plans for Driver Only Operated trains

By Tony Robson, 31 August 2017

The latest round of strike action takes place against the background of concerted efforts by the rail unions to end the dispute and prevent its extension to other private operators on the network.

Corbyn and Labour backtrack on Brexit

By Chris Marsden, 30 August 2017

The Financial Times welcomed Labour’s support for continued membership of the European Union Single Market, saying that it put the party “firmly on the side of business.”

UK: 228 high-rise buildings fail mock-up fire tests post-Grenfell

By Steve James, 29 August 2017

Every single one of the cladding systems now being exposed as deadly had previously been signed off by various regulatory bodies as safe.

UK: Salford residents challenge Labour Council over fire risks revealed by Grenfell Tower

By our reporters, 29 August 2017

The meeting offered no way forward for residents, of Salford or elsewhere, forced to live in potential death traps.

Conservative government review of UK “gig economy”—a whitewash for the corporations

By Thomas Scripps, 28 August 2017

The report’s bias in favour of employers is not an oversight, as the political establishment that Matthew Taylor speaks for has no intention of bringing “precarious employment” under control.

Interview with rapper El Nino about “Grenfell Tower’s Burning”: “We had to watch that, so why shouldn’t they have to listen to us?”

By Paul Bond, 28 August 2017

Following the World Socialist Web Site’s recent review of the artistic response to the Grenfell Tower fire from local artists, reviewer Paul Bond spoke to El Nino.

UK: Labour’s John McDonnell woos Tories and City speculators

By Chris Marsden, 26 August 2017

McDonnell chose to end his big business charm offensive with closed-door appearances in July before the London Stock Exchange.

“As we grew up, our instinct was that the enemy was the system and the police. That’s what we were fighting against.”

Attendees at SEP public meeting discuss Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 26 August 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to those who came to the SEP public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.

Socialist Equality Party public meeting on Grenfell Tower fire

“Grenfell has shown one thing above all—and that is the enormous ingenuity, dedication and seriousness of the working class.”

By our reporters, 26 August 2017

Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden delivered closing remarks to the SEP’s August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.

Working class youth priced out of higher education in UK

By Alice Summers, 25 August 2017

Just one in five young people from the poorest areas in the UK will go on to university, compared to half of their wealthier peers.

Grenfell fire survivors speak at Socialist Equality Party public meeting

By our reporters, 25 August 2017

A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.

Remarks by Jerry White of the SEP (US) at Grenfell Tower fire public meeting in London

24 August 2017

To warm applause, White said, “The most effective use of our energy and our determination has to be mobilise our class, independently, not to expend our energy in fruitless appeals to the powers that be.”

Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”

By our reporters, 24 August 2017

Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower.

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire

By Chris Marsden, 23 August 2017

This speech was given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at the August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.

Anatomy of the Grenfell Tower fire

Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting

22 August 2017

Scripps: “It is politically vital to establish why this one event is a crime perpetrated by capitalism against the working class…and to explain why we have declared Grenfell to be an act of social murder.”

Socialist Equality Party holds public meeting on Grenfell fire in London

By our reporter, 21 August 2017

To ensure that all felt free to speak, the SEP had denied a request from Sky News to film proceedings and told police officers who inquired that they were not welcome.

Report: “The plight of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the UK is deteriorating”

Worsening child poverty in the UK

By Barry Mason, 19 August 2017

A new report finds that there are now 3.9 million children across the UK living below the breadline.

European governments condemn Trump’s statements on Charlottesville

By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017

With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.

London residents hold silent march for Grenfell victims

By our reporters, 17 August 2017

Around 500 local residents and others from London boroughs marched through the area surrounding Grenfell Tower Monday evening to mark two months since the fire.

UK: Salford residents speak of their safety concerns after Grenfell fire

By Dennis Moore and Margot Miller, 16 August 2017

Many tower blocks in Salford are clad in flammable material similar to that which encased the Grenfell Tower.

“The night our eyes changed”

Five musical responses to the Grenfell Tower inferno

By Paul Bond, 16 August 2017

Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists.

UK: Residents march against social cleansing by Newham Labour council

By our reporters, 15 August 2017

Newham council is refusing to house those it is making homeless in the Carpenters Estate even though there are 400 vacant houses available.

Grenfell fire: “They don’t give a damn because for them life is just cheap”

By our reporters, 14 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell fire.

Emergency evacuation of four south London tower blocks

By Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017

Safety checks carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire indicate the Ledbury tower blocks are at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion.

London: Ledbury estate residents speak about evacuation from their homes

By Daniel O’Flynn and Michael Gardner, 12 August 2017

Residents of 242 flats on the Ledbury estate in south London spoke to the WSWS about Southwark Council’s telling them they will have to “temporarily decant the blocks over the coming weeks and months” for emergency works.

British Library exhibition treats Russian Revolution from a hostile standpoint

By Thomas Scripps and Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017

The exhibition’s handling of sources and events transforms the revolution, which proceeded with a political logic well understood by its leaders, into a hodgepodge of accident and happenstance.

After the Grenfell fire: Britain’s Observer defends the role of the mainstream media

By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2017

The loss of public trust in the media is not because of one or another wrong position, but because almost every major newspaper and TV station is in the pockets of the billionaires who own them.

Survivors, SEP member denounce police inaction over Grenfell Tower fire at latest community public meeting

By Paul Mitchell, 11 August 2017

Eight weeks after the fire, few of the promised measures have materialised and survivors and local residents continue to be treated with contempt.

British government backs US war drive against North Korea, China

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 10 August 2017

The UK Conservative government has staked its post-Brexit future on being the most loyal ally of the US in all its military actions.

Grenfell Tower: How the warnings of cladding dangers were ignored

By Steve James, 10 August 2017

Decades prior to the Grenfell fire, the dangers of flammable and incorrectly installed cladding were known to governments of all stripes and ignored.

Irish nationalism versus socialist internationalism: A reply to a reader—Part two

By Steve James, 10 August 2017

Knox proceeds from insisting that the British working class is hopeless to exalting the nationalist revolutionary traditions of the Irish working class.

Grenfell fire: “It’s like Victorian days, where we have nothing and they have everything”

By our reporters, 9 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to local residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire.

The UK’s rich get richer, while the poor get evicted

By Barry Mason, 7 August 2017

Following the global financial crash, the top one percent of income earners, those earning £275,000 or more a year, is again racing away from the remainder of the population.

British Army targets working-class schoolchildren for recruitment

By Alice Summers, 7 August 2017

The British military’s “This is belonging” campaign targets young people from economically deprived areas.

Steelworkers in Sheffield, UK strike after decade without a pay rise

By Danny Richardson, 7 August 2017

The strike at Rom Ltd is an expression of broader oppositional sentiments throughout the working class.

Former Grenfell Tower residents left without permanent accommodation

By Thomas Scripps, 4 August 2017

Currently, only 45 households have accepted accommodation offers, with only 12 properly rehoused.

Grenfell fire survivors speak out over poor treatment

By our reporters, 4 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to former Grenfell Tower residents about Kensington and Chelsea’s rehousing offer.

Grenfell survivors homeless while local mansions remain empty

By Paul Mitchell, 3 August 2017

Across London, 19,845 homes, worth some £9.4 billion ($12 billion), sat idle for over six months in 2016.

Over 1,000 organisations targeted by UK police undercover spying operations

By Steve James, 3 August 2017

In 2015, the Socialist Equality Party published an Open Letter to the Pitchford inquiry for “the immediate release of the names of all undercover police operatives, especially those active in the Workers Revolutionary Party (and its forerunners and successor organisations).”

No prison in England and Wales safe for young people

By Peter Reydt, 1 August 2017

A new report details how working class criminals are incarcerated in “filthy and dilapidated”, vermin infested, overcrowded and violent “facilities.”

Britain’s National Health Service being gutted through privatisation

By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2017

According to the NHS Support Federation, more than one third (£5.5 billion) of £16 billion in contracts awarded by the clinical commissioning groups have gone to the private sector.

Residents in London district of Ladbroke Grove speak out on Grenfell fire

By our reporters, 31 July 2017

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to local residents in London’s Ladbroke Grove on Saturday about the Grenfell Tower fire.

UK: More nurses and midwives quit as onslaught against NHS intensifies

By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2017

The exodus of nurses and midwives takes place amid a broader shortage of 40,000 nurses and 3,500 midwives in England alone.

Police announce possible manslaughter charges in connection with Grenfell Fire

By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2017

Despite the investigation being in operation for more than six weeks, not a single person has been arrested or even charged.

Grenfell Tower fire survivors reject local authority, police cover-up

By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2017

The Kensington and Chelsea councillors are entirely insulated from the social catastrophe that they inflicted on the working class population they want to drive out of the borough.

London schools with flammable cladding deemed “safe”

By Tom Pearce, 28 July 2017

Despite the widespread use of flammable cladding in schools, only three schools have so far been tested.

Grenfell fire witness Johnny Regasa: “You saw so many people at their windows burning alive”

By our reporters, 27 July 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.

Residents confront head of government inquiry into Grenfell Fire

By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2017

Such consultations are an attempt to bestow much needed legitimacy on the inquiry, which will have no legal powers to prosecute anybody or hold anyone to account.

Protest in London against police killing of Rashan Charles

By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2017

It is already clear from the response of the police and Independent Police Complaints Commission that yet another cover-up of the death of a man in police custody is underway.

The Grenfell Fire: Vigil held for five-year-old victim

By Robert Stevens, 25 July 2017

Family, friends and local residents gathered to mourn five-year-old Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on Grenfell’s 18th floor and was found dead on the 13th floor.