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.
By Danny Richardson, 27 March 2014
Under Labour’s scheme, young people will be compelled to work for a six-month period at the minimum wage.
By Robert Stevens, 25 March 2014
Under Clause 119 of the Care Bill passed in parliament last week, the health secretary will be able to close hospitals and cut services.
By Julie Hyland, 20 March 2014
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is just halfway through an austerity programme that has already seen a £150 billion reduction in public spending.
15 March 2014
Tony Benn, the former Labour Party MP, died yesterday, aged 88. Benn was the figure most closely associated with the left of the party, particularly in the decades since the 1970s.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014
Callinicos happily forgets what he wrote in 2008 because he is intent on defending the putsch carried out by Washington in Kiev and insisting that Russia is the imperialist aggressor.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 March 2014
Just one in a hundred children who receives free school meals, receives a place at either of the top two British universities, Oxford and Cambridge.
By Ajanta Silva, 12 March 2014
Foundation trusts have delivered “efficiency savings” of £867 million so far this year, but this is 18 percent behind what the government has demanded.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 11 March 2014
Romanian and Bulgarian students are taking the British government to court over its decision to end financial support while they study in the UK.
By Tony Robson, 8 March 2014
Workers are compelled, for the first time in the history of the Tribunal system, to pay upfront to bring a claim against mistreatment by an employer.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 8 March 2014
A recent UK survey found that 71 percent of GPs questioned believed rationing of health provision in their area had increased “significantly” since April 2013.
UK public meetings
8 March 2014
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality invites you to a meeting on the critical events in the Ukraine where we will outline the socialist perspective in opposition to the dangers of fascism and war.
By Ben Trent, 7 March 2014
University application figures in 2013 dropped to their lowest since 2009, with research highlighting the trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 as the main cause.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2014
A succession of trade union general secretaries, including Len McCluskey and Dave Prentis from the two largest unions, Unite and Unison, pledged their ongoing support to Labour at a special weekend conference.
By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2014
The German chancellor allotted just six hours to her visit, stopping off on the way back to Berlin from Israel, where she had spent two days with her entire cabinet.
By Barry Mason, 4 March 2014
Hillsborough family campaigners strongly believed their phone calls were being monitored in the aftermath of the football stadium disaster.
By Dennis Moore, 3 March 2014
The number of UK families currently spending more than half their disposable income on mortgage repayments could treble by 2018.
By Steve James, 1 March 2014
That the most explosive dispute of the Scottish referendum campaign to date should be over currency and public debt speaks to the class character of both the “Yes” and “No” camps.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014
The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.
By Julie Hyland, 26 February 2014
The subordination of fundamental democratic rights to an omnipotent state runs as a constant thread through the ruling that deems David Miranda’s detention lawful.
By Zach Reed, 26 February 2014
In return for seats at the top table the CWU are seeking to impose the terms of the agreement made as part of privatisation.
By Julie Hyland, 24 February 2014
Tony Blair offered to help the Murdoch media empire just a week after the News of the World was forced to close for being involved in criminality on an “industrial scale.”
By Margot Miller, 21 February 2014
The aim of the NUT in calling for a day’s strike is not to fight for the interests of its members but to secure a place at the negotiating table.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 February 2014
A long delayed fatal accident inquiry into the crash of a Super Puma into the sea off the coast of Peterhead in 2009, killing all 16 on board, has finally begun.
Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport
By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014
The High Court judgement against David Miranda gives legal sanction to the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 19 February 2014
Central to the campaign for Scottish independence is the endlessly repeated lie that the brutal austerity being imposed by Westminster can only be alleviated by separation from England.
By Ajay Prakash, 18 February 2014
Every year, around 30,000 asylum-seekers are detained in Britain, nearly one-third of them women and children.
By Julie Hyland, 17 February 2014
With a turnout of just 28.5 percent, there is no disguising the widespread alienation of the overwhelming majority of the population from the existing setup.
By Zach Reed, 14 February 2014
Students protesting against the attacks on education have been met with police assaults, arrests and suspension.
By Jo March, 14 February 2014
A brutal inspection regime has been used by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition to force schools to become academies as a step towards privatisation.
As Detroit water department faces threats
By Jean Shaoul, 14 February 2014
The history of the privatization of the water system in Britain 25 years ago exposes the claims that “free enterprise” can improve the functioning of a publicly owned and operated water system.
By Gabriel Black, 13 February 2014
Michael Hayden gave a lecture Monday in which he described Obama’s “reform” of the NSA as largely cosmetic.
By Robert Stevens, 13 February 2014
The unions ended the dispute just a week after a strike on February 4/5 brought the capital to a standstill.
By our reporters, 13 February 2014
Workers on the London Underground were angry and concerned upon hearing that Tuesday’s scheduled 48 hour strike was called off by the trade unions.
By Stephen Alexander, 12 February 2014
Government spending in Scotland will have fallen by 24 percent in real terms between 2008 and 2015, only marginally behind the figure of 30 percent for England.
By Joe Mount, 12 February 2014
There is minimal provision for homeless youth, who bear the brunt of the dismantling of the welfare state.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)
11 February 2014
All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers.
By Julie Hyland, 8 February 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to invoke the Parliament Act to force through EU referendum legislation.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 February 2014
The richest in the UK are able to pick and choose the 30 best state schools to educate their children.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 February 2014
The former Labour prime minister’s pronouncement that the roots of war lie in extremist religion is an attempt to obscure his own responsibility for sectarian tensions in the Middle East.
By Michael Barnes, 6 February 2014
A two-day strike beginning Tuesday evening by London Underground workers brought the capital to a standstill.
By Steve James, 6 February 2014
Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 5 February 2014
As a result of the coalition government’s tax on unoccupied bedrooms, many are faced with eviction, forced to downsize or seek emergency assistance.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014
On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.
By Trevor Johnson, 1 February 2014
Anthony Grainger was killed by a Greater Manchester Police officer on March 3, 2012. The CPS has ruled that the police marksman who pulled the trigger will not face any charges.
By Ben Trent, 31 January 2014
Incoming National Health Service chief executive Simon Stevens has called for the “opening up” of healthcare and “reshaping our care system”.
By Michael Barnes, 31 January 2014
In response to a massive vote for strikes by London Underground workers, the Rail Maritime Transport workers union formed an organisation called Hands off London Transport.
By Julie Hyland, 30 January 2014
The British Labour Party has announced it will impose legally binding massive spending cuts, such as those being carried out in Greece by the European Union.
By Tom Pearse, 30 January 2014
Providing no details, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said planned industrial action was suspended “following the receipt of improved offers on pay and across a range of other issues.”
By Julie Hyland, 27 January 2014
The extraordinary degree to which contested and trivial incidents have exercised the Liberal Democrats underscores the alienation and contempt for the mass of working people within ruling circles.
By Margot Miller, 23 January 2014
Under the Labour Party’s new proposals, regular re-licensing will make it easier to sack teachers.
By Tony Robson, 23 January 2014
Behind the charging of migrants to use the National Health Service is the objective of ending universal health care in favour of a means-tested approach.
By Eileen Rose, 22 January 2014
The New Year saw one of the largest landlords in Kent, Fergus Wilson, announce he will no longer rent his houses to benefit recipients and plans to evict 200 tenants.
By Stephen Alexander, 22 January 2014
The council’s introduction of a new 12.5-hour shift pattern will result in a pay cut of around 7 percent for 182 workers.
By Ajanta Silva, 20 January 2014
The CQC findings prove that the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition’s funding cuts and privatisation policies have created a significant shortage of staff, beds and resources.
By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2014
The moves against Britain’s Channel 4 are part of an unprecedented campaign by the UK government to silence disclosures about state surveillance operations.
By Michael Barnes, 18 January 2014
Budget cuts of 12.5 percent have been imposed on Transport for London (TfL) by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government.
By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2014
Osborne’s speech was broadly interpreted as a response to growing divisions within the Conservative Party over EU membership.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 16 January 2014
This month has seen the closure of 10 fire stations across London, with the loss of 552 firefighters and 14 fire engines.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 January 2014
Severe flooding across Britain has led to the loss of seven lives and massive damage to property.
By Michael Barnes, 15 January 2014
In December rail unions facilitated the elimination of 130 safety-critical conductor jobs on London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL). The biggest union involved, the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT), is now threatening a dispute over agreements made, in an attempt to justify that betrayal to its members.
By Robert Stevens, 11 January 2014
The documents reveal that the government, in alliance with the National Coal Board, had a secret “hit list” to close many more coal mines than the 20 originally announced.
By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2014
After receiving no medical attention during her miscarriage in the cell, Nadine Wright was allegedly ordered to clean up the blood by prison guards.
By Julie Hyland, 10 January 2014
Duggan’s killing in north London was the spark for riots that quickly spread across the country in 2011.
By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2014
Widespread discontent and alienation amongst the young in the UK is the ultimate source of the August 2011 riots and the repression meted out by the authorities.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 January 2014
The scapegoating of immigrant workers is taking place across the continent alongside further attacks on the welfare system, public services and wages.
By Joan Smith and Ajanta Silva, 6 January 2014
Hampshire County Council in England plans to reduce demand for services, including social care of the elderly and disabled, which accounts for more than one-third of council’s budget.
By Tom Pearse, 4 January 2014
Figures for 2011-2012 show 13 million people in the UK are in poverty.
By Mark Blackwood, 4 January 2014
The UK’s Mental Health Foundation reports that every two hours one death is recorded as a result of suicide.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 3 January 2014
There was an outpouring of sympathy for Australian immigrant and political campaigner Trenton Oldfield during his trial and deportation ordeal.
By Trevor Johnson, 31 December 2013
Serco, the private company that runs the deportation centre has consistently attempted to cover up incidents of sexual abuse in the facility they manage.
By Robert Stevens, 27 December 2013
A new study shows that since 2008, nearly half a million elderly and disabled people have either lost support or are no longer eligible for care.
By Joe Mount, 24 December 2013
The ramping up of state repression is part of an effort to stamp out political opposition amongst youth.
By Steve James, 24 December 2013
The Jimmy Reid Foundation’s primary concern is to suppress workers' struggles by deepening the integration of the trade unions into corporate management.
By Ajanta Silva, 24 December 2013
A report on A&E departments by Bruce Keogh calls for the health care system to be “redesigned.”
By Paul Mitchell, 21 December 2013
Instead of an independent inquiry, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee will hold its own inquiry.
By Joe Mount, 21 December 2013
The number of under-25s in work fell 13 percent since 2008 to 3.5 million during the last quarter, the lowest figure since records began in 1992.
By Barry Mason, 18 December 2013
By 2017-2018, the per capita loss of funding, including welfare cuts, in 45 local government authorities in the UK will be £685.
By Paul Bond, 17 December 2013
Croydon Council’s determination to sell part of its art collection signals an escalation of the assault on culture and art.
By Dennis Moore, 16 December 2013
Some 37 percent of eye clinic staff respondents to a Royal National Institute of the Blind survey said that their patients were losing their sight due to treatment being delayed.
By Emily Wilson, 13 December 2013
Many of those hit by welfare sanctions are cutting back on food, heating, and travel.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2013
Following an assessment that deemed her fit for work, 53-year-old Jacqueline Harris was stripped of her incapacity benefit of £99.15 per week.
By Zach Reed, 10 December 2013
An estimated 31,100 “excess” deaths occurred in Britain last winter—a rise of almost a third.
By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2013
The founding conference of Left Unity had nothing to do with an attempt to build a socialist party.