Britain

UK: Junior doctors demonstrate in run-up to Wednesday strike

By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 February 2016

The British Medical Association used the event to bolster their ongoing fruitless negotiations with Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Junior doctors to take second strike in England

By Tony Robson, 6 February 2016

The British Medical Association has reluctantly proceeded with the strike but has scaled back the action.

Reject the Rail Maritime and Transport Union’s call to accept latest London Underground sell-out contract!

By Michael Barnes, 6 February 2016

Rail workers have seen the trade unions sabotage every struggle against the Conservative government since 2010.

UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder

Stop the persecution of Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016

Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.

UK Prime Minister Cameron signals early referendum on EU membership

By Chris Marsden, 4 February 2016

The proposed agreement between Cameron and European Council President Donald Tusk is a refutation of those who depict the EU as the guardian of a more progressive agenda.

Many UK children go to school hungry

By Tom Pearce, 3 February 2016

Nearly 50 percent of teachers in the UK said some pupils arrived at school hungry at least three or four times a week.

Former British Prime Minister Blair joins call for a European army

By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2016

In calling for the creation of a European military force, Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage.

Cameron continues EU negotiations amid deepening inner-party divisions

By Simon Whelan, 30 January 2016

Forty Conservative MPs wrote to the prime minister calling for a meeting to discuss concerns that he is not asking for sufficiently radical changes in return for the UK’s continued EU membership.

Google’s UK tax deal leaves major corporations with nothing to fear

By Simon Whelan, 29 January 2016

Technology giant Google’s pathetically small British tax payment confirms once again that major corporations operate virtually unhindered by national governments.

Over a thousand jobs to go at Welsh steel plants

By Danny Richardson, 28 January 2016

There is no suggestion of opposition from either the trade unions or the Labour Party.

Notes on London’s housing crisis

Londoners spend majority of their income on housing

By Allison Smith, 27 January 2016

A new report released this week by the House of Commons shows that private sector rent makes up 62 percent of pre-tax income, up from 49 percent just five years ago.

Victorian-era diseases making a comeback in the UK

By Alice Summers, 26 January 2016

Hospital admissions for cholera have quadrupled over the last four years

UK: British Medical Association and Labour isolate junior doctors’ strike

By Tony Robson, 25 January 2016

Taking advantage of BMA's decision to call off a strike by doctors, the Conservative government has revived the threat to impose new contracts unilaterally.

UK parliament debates banning Donald Trump—but what about David Cameron?

By Chris Marsden, 22 January 2016

The parliamentary debate on whether to ban Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the UK took place on the same day that Prime Minister David Cameron launched his own campaign to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment.

UK: Corbyn offers Labour’s right an olive branch over Trident

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2016

Whatever his mildly left rhetoric, Corbyn is wedded to the party on which British imperialism has relied for more than a century to police the working class and preserve its rule.

RISE: “Scottish Syriza” seeks alliance with Scottish National Party

By Steve James, 20 January 2016

Under conditions where the SNP government is enforcing austerity policies, RISE seeks to ensure that disaffection with the SNP is channelled along nationalist and separatist lines.

UK Government announces demolition of council housing

By Simon Whelan, 19 January 2016

Cameron’s plans spell the death knell for inner-city public housing, especially in London.

Police in Britain illegally arrest thousands of children

By Thomas Scripps, 16 January 2016

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act states that children under 18 in custody should be transferred to the care of the local authority.

Cuts lead to staffing crisis in UK education

By Tom Pearce, 16 January 2016

Schools are paying recruitment agencies ever greater sums for finders fees.

UK’s floods are the responsibility of the super-rich

By Barry Mason and Paul Mitchell, 15 January 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a paltry £40 million to repair flood defences in Leeds and York.

Junior doctors strike throughout England

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

The strike came after four months of a dispute in which the government has insisted its proposed changes go through and was the first such work stoppage since the 1970s.

Tata Steel sale of Long Products Division means attacks on wages, pensions and conditions

By Danny Richardson, 14 January 2016

Tata Steel is desperate to offload the main loss-making section of its operations in Europe as a means to further slash the wages and conditions of steelworkers.

Divisions within UK Tory party deepen over EU membership

By Simon Whelan, 13 January 2016

It is estimated that up to two-thirds of Conservative MPs support a “Brexit.”

UK: Junior doctors strike against new contracts

By Tony Robson, 12 January 2016

It has been more than four decades since the last national strike by junior doctors over pay and conditions

UK military returns to Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 11 January 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron is following the lead of President Obama, who last October reneged on his pledge to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan before the end of his administration.

Thousands of student nurses, midwives and junior doctors demonstrate in London

By Ajanta Silva, 11 January 2016

The Conservative government has announced plans to scrap bursaries and introduce student fees.

UK: Oppose introduction of student nurse tuition fees and scrapping of bursaries

By Ajanta Silva, 9 January 2016

A student nurse graduating in 2020 could leave with debts over £50,000.

UK public parks face perilous future

By Dennis Moore, 9 January 2016

Parks are not a statutory service and local authorities have no legal obligation to fund them.

UK regulator abandons banking inquiry

By Paul Mitchell, 8 January 2016

All the pledges made by the leaders of the major powers and top bankers in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 collapse to clean up the financial system have come to nought.

UK: Sonae Industrial gets slap on wrist for deaths of two workers

By Danny Richardson, 8 January 2016

James Bibby, 25, and Thomas Elmer, 27, died from multiple injuries after they were dragged into machinery at a wood-chip processing factory.

UK: Resignations follow Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle by Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2016

The Labour Party right wing, having emerged largely unscathed from the reshuffle, immediately went back on the offensive.

UK: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd residents describe flood destruction

By Liz Smith and John Farmer, 6 January 2016

West Yorkshire residents interviewed by the WSWS were angry at the response of the government and local authorities.

Student accommodation costs rocket in UK

By Thomas Scripps, 6 January 2016

Investors are responding to the profits available due to the increased enrolment of foreign students in British universities and the expansion of privately rented halls.

UK Tories step up attacks on school education

By Tom Pearce, 5 January 2016

The cuts in education are part of the government’s austerity agenda aimed at saving more than £20 billion in public finances.

Monopolisation of wealth by UK super-rich accelerates

By Barry Mason, 4 January 2016

The concentration of wealth by a tiny minority is revealed in the fact that the top one percent of wealthiest households has as much wealth as the poorest 57 percent combined.

UK government opens vast areas to fracking firms

By Trevor Johnson, 4 January 2016

Exploration for oil and gas across about 5,000 square miles of England will be permitted, in addition to 1,000 square miles in licenses awarded in the summer.

EU renegotiation talks open up “civil war” in UK Tory government

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2015

Cameron pledged to hold an “in-out” referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 to appease the Eurosceptic wing of his party.

Lifetime council tenancies in UK to be scrapped

By Dennis Moore, 31 December 2015

The abolition of the secure tenancy and the offer of fixed-term tenancies will create insecurity for many people.

UK floods bring further destruction to thousands

By Barry Mason, 30 December 2015

The storms are estimated to have dropped an average month’s rainfall within a 24-hour period.

Criminal investigation launched into police killing of unarmed man in London

By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2015

One witness stated that Jermaine Baker was asleep in a car when he was shot and killed by police in the north London area of Tottenham earlier this month.

Police operations against protest groups extended into Scotland

By Steve James, 28 December 2015

The Pitchford investigation into infiltration of protest groups by British and European governments is set to expand to cover spy operations in Scotland.

Prince Charles and William granted access to top secret UK documents

By Margot Miller, 28 December 2015

While the documents in question have been freely handed to the British monarchy, the government insists that they not be released to the public for at least three decades.

UK Labour leader urges party not to defy Conservative spending cuts

By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is far more concerned with placating the right wing than he is with opposing cuts.

UK: Employment practises of Sports Direct retail giant exposed

By Harvey Thompson and Robert Stevens, 24 December 2015

Sports Direct has gained notoriety for its employment conditions, with its Shirebrook warehouse known locally as the “Gulag”.

Kellingley Colliery—last remaining deep coal mine in Britain—closes

By Harvey Thompson and Trevor Johnson, 22 December 2015

When Kellingley opened in 1965, coal production in Britain employed around 500,000 workers and produced up to 177 million tonnes of coal.

European Union summit seeks to avert British exit from the EU

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 19 December 2015

While Cameron is walking a tightrope by mooting a possible “Brexit,” there is widespread concern among the major EU powers over such an outcome.

Senior UK Labourites Darling and Brown join the gravy train

By Margot Miller, 17 December 2015

Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are emulating the unindicted war criminal Tony Blair, now estimated to be worth over £125 million

Cases of malnutrition surge in UK

By Liz Smith and Harvey Thompson, 17 December 2015

Almost three million people in the UK at any one time in 2014 were estimated either to be suffering or at risk from malnutrition

Scotland: Sturgeon and Corbyn share platform against Trade Union Bill

By Steve James, 16 December 2015

Sturgeon made clear her support for the trade unions is based on their suppressing the class struggle.

UK spy agency admits hacking phones and computers without warrants

By Trevor Johnson, 15 December 2015

The GCHQ claims the authority to target groups as loosely-defined as “all mobile telephones” in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.

Government conspiracy against 1972 UK builders’ strike exposed

By Barry Mason, 15 December 2015

The frame-up of the striking workers, known as the Shrewsbury 24, required the intimate involvement of then-Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath.

Small turnout at Stop the War Coalition rally in London, England

By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2015

The main aim of the Stop the War Coalition is to channel widespread anti-war sentiment behind Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

London anti-war demonstration participants speak out against war

By our reporters, 14 December 2015

A number of those attending the demonstration against the British bombing of Syria spoke to the WSWS.

UK and Ireland devastated by floods

By Joan Smith and Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015

The human cost of the severe flooding in large parts of northern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland over the last week is emerging.

A balance sheet of Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015

Within days of becoming party leader, Jeremy Corbyn set out on a course that has seen him utterly betray the anti-war sentiment and hostility to the ruling elite that his election reflected.

Report highlights gap between executive and workers’ pay in UK

By Barry Mason, 11 December 2015

At least 535 executives were being paid at least £1 million a year in salaries, plus other compensation and expenses.

An open letter

Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies

By Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2015

Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity.

UK Labour right wing tries to silence opposition to war

By Julie Hyland, 9 December 2015

In the Orwellian language of the Labour right, any calls for MPs to be held politically accountable for their actions is tantamount to “bullying” and “intimidation.”

OECD finds UK pensions amongst lowest in world

By Margot Miller, 9 December 2015

Pensions have come under sustained attack by the previous Labour, Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and present Conservative governments.

Notes on London’s housing crisis

By Allison Smith, 8 December 2015

A report on homelessness in England that over the past year homelessness has increased up by 5 percent across the country and by 10 percent in London.

After Syria vote, British pseudo-left pledge loyalty to Corbyn and Labour

By Chris Masden, 7 December 2015

Even as they urge deselection and campaigns to “democratise” the Labour Party, the pseudo-left groups oppose drawing any lessons from Corbyn’s surrender.

UK private care homes facing closure

By Barry Mason, 7 December 2015

In taking over the provision of care homes and related services, private companies have sought to undermine working conditions.

Labour’s Oldham by-election victory and Corbyn’s refusal to fight the right wing

By Robert Stevens, 5 December 2015

Labour won the election by a majority of more than 10,000 votes, increasing its share of the vote by 7 percent from May’s general election.

UK stages bombing raid on Syria hours after parliamentary vote

By Robert Stevens, 4 December 2015

The suppression of anti-war sentiment is paramount for the ruling elite, as it embarks on yet another war of conquest under socially and politically polarised conditions.

Open University staff in Britain protest regional centre closures

By Joyce Smith, 4 December 2015

The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK and Europe by student number.

UK parliament sanctions Syria bombing as Labour right blocks with government

By Julie Hyland, 3 December 2015

The debate was a carnival of reaction, epitomised by Prime Minister David Cameron’s assertion that those opposed to bombing were “terrorist sympathisers.”

UK prepares military action against Syria after Corbyn clears the path

By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2015

Corbyn has surrendered to Labour’s right wing despite the fact that the party’s members have indicated overwhelming opposition to war.

British Medical Association calls off UK junior doctors strikes

By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2015

The BMA’s betrayal allows the government further time to come up with a repackaged deal, in order to carry out effectively the same attacks on doctors’ employment conditions and pay.

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

By Chris Marsden, 1 December 2015

In declaring a “free vote” for Labour MPs on military action against Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has given the green light for the Labour right wing to join with the Tories and drag Britain into war.

Government attempts to avoid court hearing into UK complicity in rendition

By Mark Blackwood, 1 December 2015

The act of one nation abducting the citizens of another is recognised by the United Nations as a crime against humanity.

UK’s Stop the War Coalition: A bogus antiwar movement in the service of the Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2015

The central aim of the demonstration was to divert antiwar sentiment behind the dead end of support for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“Cameron wants a piece of the profits from the oil like Tony Blair before with Iraq”

By our reporters, 30 November 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with some of those attending Saturday’s protests against the bombing of Syria.

Victory to the junior doctors! Defend the NHS!

Statement by NHS Fightback

30 November 2015

The defence of health care and every other basic social right can only be taken forward through a break from the trade unions and the Labour Party.

Labour split over UK Syria intervention

By Julie Hyland, 28 November 2015

Labour leader Corbyn is avoiding any conflict with the right wing in his party, while downplaying the danger of a third world war set in motion through the Syrian conflict.

British PM sets out plans for Syrian partition and moves against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2015

Cameron’s speech was a conscious and wilful deception of the British public as to the advanced dangers of a new world war.

UK government outlines unprecedented public spending cuts

By Julie Hyland, 26 November 2015

In just 10 years, from 2010 through 2020, government spending as a percentage of GDP is projected to fall by 10 percent, with disastrous consequences for millions of people.

UK: What is the “Northern Powerhouse”?

By Margot Miller, 26 November 2015

Under the control of the Labourites, each city and region within the Northern Powerhouse is involved in a cutthroat struggle for investment and the slashing of wages.

Two killed, five injured in Welsh steel mill explosion

By Danny Richardson, 25 November 2015

Celsa Steel UK, which runs the mill in Cardiff, offered no explanation as to the cause of the blast, which killed Peter O’Brien, 51, and Mark Sim, 41.

Cameron, Hollande meet to discuss military escalation in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2015

The British prime minister’s meeting with French President François Hollande was aimed at securing a vote in the UK parliament for war in Syria.

UK Chancellor “negotiates” decimation of public services ahead of spending review

By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2015

Chancellor George Osborne is demanding that governmental departments slash their expenditures by up to 40 percent.

More cuts to come as UK economy heads towards deeper crisis

By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2015

New data shows that the UK economy is fragile and teetering on the edge of a major crisis.

UK local authorities crack down on the homeless

By Dennis Moore, 21 November 2015

The use of so-called Public Space Protection Orders is on the rise across Britain.

Britain’s Paul Mason: A left liberal warmonger

By Chris Marsden, 21 November 2015

Mason is portrayed, and portrays himself, as a “man of the left,” based largely on his membership in the group Workers Power in the 1980s.

US releases Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years in prison

By Jean Shaoul, 20 November 2015

The Pollard affair has long been a bone of contention between the Israeli and US intelligence agencies.

Jeremy Corbyn supports autonomy for Scottish Labour Party

By Steve James, 20 November 2015

Corbyn used the Scottish Labour conference last month as a platform to promote a variant of left-sounding Scottish nationalism.

UK: Junior doctors vote to strike

By Barry Mason, 20 November 2015

Senior doctors, who will be expected to bear the brunt of the strike action, have publicly expressed their support for their junior colleagues.

Labour MPs side with Tory government against Corbyn on war and repression

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2015

Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.”

UK government outlines plans for expanding militarism and repression after Paris attacks

By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a further £2 billion for the current military budget, including a doubling of the UK fleet of military drones to 20.

UK: Caparo steel workers sacked with immediate effect

By Danny Richardson, 18 November 2015

The steel unions, which moved rapidly to defuse any anger at the previous job cuts in the industry, have offered nothing to oppose the latest ones.

Young people in UK hit hardest by austerity

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2015

Almost a third of young people in Britain make less than £7.71 an hour.

Citing Paris attacks, Jeremy Corbyn retreats from critique of UK foreign policy

By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2015

Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, cancelled plans to make a speech defending his previously stated opposition to British escalation in Syria.

Prime Minister Cameron boasts of UK role in targeted assassination of “Jihadi John”

By Jordan Shilton, 17 November 2015

The assassination of Mohammed Emwazi was the third incident in less than three months in which UK forces have been involved in the killing of British citizens.

UK mounts massive police operation after Paris terror attacks

By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2015

The Paris attacks resulted in calls from the media and sections of the military for Britain to take a central part in military strikes in Syria.

Bloody Sunday Massacre: Ex-Paras launch bid to halt Northern Ireland murder investigation

By Mark Blackwood, 16 November 2015

On Bloody Sunday, 13 unarmed civilians aged between 17 and 41 were gunned down and murdered during a 30-minute killing spree conducted by 1 Para.

UK government admits spying on British population for decades

By Mark Blackwood, 14 November 2015

Amidst revelations of bulk spying on the population, the Cameron government is allocating yet more resources to the vast state surveillance system already in place.

UK parliament passes ‘English Votes for English Laws’

By Trevor Johnson, 13 November 2015

The tendency toward devolution emerges from the cultivation of nationalism by all the bourgeois parties throughout the UK.

UK students protest education cuts

By Ben Trent, 12 November 2015

Since the introduction of tuition fees under Tony Blair, the cost of education in the UK has soared.

Strike shuts down London Docklands Light Railway

By Ross Mitchell, 12 November 2015

The current owner has a history of slashing costs by sub-tendering jobs to its own contractors.