By Richard Tyler, 17 January 2017
Any pretence Momentum maintained that it was a radical rank-and-file group, nominally independent of the Labour Party, has been destroyed.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2017
More than 20 hospitals have raised alerts that they can no longer provide basic services to the public, as the British Red Cross said the NHS faces a “humanitarian crisis.”
By Margot Miller, 16 January 2017
Labour’s role in enforcing savage cuts in Metropolitan borough councils demonstrates it remains a big business party, despite the election of “left” leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 14 January 2017
In response to proof that the coup against him was sponsored by Israel, Corbyn has not said a single word.
By Julie Hyland, 13 January 2017
The Guardian demands that readers abandon their critical faculties—or what the newspaper would undoubtedly deem their “illegitimate scepticism”—to line up behind the war aims of the CIA and the Democratic Party.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 January 2017
Corbyn’s speech was a signal that he is prepared to make the political shifts demanded of him by the party’s right wing, including the adoption of an anti-immigration agenda.
By Harvey Thompson, 12 January 2017
The killing of Yaqub was the fifth fatal police shooting in England and Wales in the past nine months.
By Robert Stevens, 11 January 2017
The 24-hour strike that paralysed the London subway system Monday was followed by the start of two 48-hour walkouts by drivers on Southern Rail and British Airways cabin crew.
By Simon Whelan, 11 January 2017
While the rich are allowed to avoid the taxes necessary to fund vitally-needed services, the government continually devises ways to extract ever more from the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 10 January 2017
The row over what relationship the UK will have with the European Union takes place under conditions where its very survival is threatened.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 January 2017
A video posted by the pro-Corbyn Momentum organization seeks to portray the population of Europe as benefitting from the privatization if the UK’s rail network.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2017
The series of strikes points to a nascent rebellion by workers against the efforts of the trade unions to suppress opposition to the onslaught on jobs and wages.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 January 2017
Having set the NHS up to fail, the government and the media will inevitably insist that the NHS must be made more efficient through the closure of “failing” services and privatisations.
By Robert Stevens, 7 January 2017
The Tories and Labour are fighting over which party is more stridently opposed to immigration.
By Barry Mason, 6 January 2017
Unison, with over 1.2 million members and an annual income of more than £200 million, has proved unwilling and incapable of defending the jobs of three embattled cleaners.
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2017
Corbyn’s New Year message confirms his role as frontman for a party dedicated to waging war on the working class and against opponents of British imperialism throughout the world.
By Richard Tyler, 3 January 2017
The Institute for Fiscal Studies wrote that British workers faced the “worst decade for pay in 70 years.”
By Joe Mount, 3 January 2017
A succession of governments have created the conditions for the legal, uninhibited exploitation of workers, removing restrictions on business and cutting spending on welfare benefits.
By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2016
Less than six years after the phone-hacking scandal involving the News of the World, the media oligarch Rupert Murdoch and his Fox corporation are set to take over UK TV company Sky.
By Chris Marsden, 31 December 2016
The overarching political concern of the bureaucratic cabal at the heart of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn Momentum group is to ensure that it remains a useful adjunct of the Labour Party.
By Tony Robson, 30 December 2016
The Labour-run council has reduced spending on services by £300 million since 2011 as the central government grant has been cut by 50 percent.
By Mark Blackwood, 29 December 2016
The Labour Party, Greens and Liberal Democrats have collaborated to impose tens of millions of pounds in spending cuts in Bristol.
By Barry Mason, 28 December 2016
The Sustainability and Transformation Plans prepared by National Health Service bosses are aimed at ending universal health care.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2016
The Investigatory Powers Act is a staggering and unprecedented attack on the rights and privacy of every UK citizen.
By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2016
The split comes against the backdrop of US and British imperialism’s debacle in Syria.
By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2016
This week, a strike by conductors on Southern Rail was joined by a walkout of Crown Post Office workers, while further action was scheduled to take place at Swissport and British Airways.
By Tom Pearce, 22 December 2016
According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, government spending proposals for schools will mean that “around 90 percent of schools" would see funding cuts.
By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 21 December 2016
The ruling elite’s only response is law and order and the continuation of social policies that increase the prison population.
By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2016
The strikes are indicative of growing opposition to years of attacks by successive British governments and are part of a growing movement of the working class throughout Europe.
By our correspondents, 19 December 2016
Approximately 100 workers, students and youth attended a lecture in London on Saturday delivered by North, the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party of the US.
By our reporters, 19 December 2016
The Socialist Equality Party spoke to some of those attending the lecture by WSWS Chairman David North on “The causes and consequences of Trump’s election: Where is America going?”
By Julie Hyland, 17 December 2016
Labour’s Keir Starmer called for a “national consensus on Brexit,” with freedom of movement restrictions central to negotiations with the European Union.
By Jean Gibney, 17 December 2016
Three million people are at risk of malnutrition, with 7,366 of these admitted to hospital with the condition between August 2014 and July 2015.
By Joe Mount, 16 December 2016
London, with a population of 8.6 million, is worst affected with 2 percent of people facing housing insecurity.
By Richard Tyler, 16 December 2016
The Conservative government is planning to pass legislation against strikes on the rail network in response to the determined struggle by Southern Rail workers.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 15 December 2016
Britain’s parliament held an “emergency” debate on Syria against the backdrop of a major debacle for US imperialism and its British ally.
By Danny Richardson, 15 December 2016
Tata and the unions are working to abolish the British Steel Pension Scheme that Tata had been seeking to eliminate ever since it bought its UK steel plants in 2007.
By Clara Weiss, 14 December 2016
Theresa May’s government hosted a summit November 28 between Great Britain and Poland aimed at fostering a strategic political and military alliance between the two countries.
By Richard Tyler, 14 December 2016
The ability of railworkers to prosecute a successful fight to defend their pay, conditions and the safety of the travelling public, is undermined by the unions and Labour Party.
By Laura Tiernan, 14 December 2016
The pseudo-left’s support for Corbyn gives Labour a blank cheque to facilitate British military aggression.
By Barry Mason, 13 December 2016
In the constituency of Birmingham Ladywood, in the UK’s second largest city, the child poverty rate is 47.3 percent.
By Julie Hyland, 12 December 2016
The centrepiece of Louise Casey’s report is her call for the promotion of “British values” and for immigrants to swear an “integration oath.”
By Richard Tyler, 12 December 2016
Mark Carney compared the crisis today with the period of revolutionary upheavals that swept across Europe in 1848.
By Robert Stevens, 10 December 2016
Whatever verdict on whether Prime Minister Theresa May has the power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will only deepen the schism in ruling circles.
By Julie Hyland, 10 December 2016
The Sleaford by-election was dominated by bitter conflicts within ruling circles over British exit from the European Union.
Notes on London’s housing crisis
By Allison Smith, 9 December 2016
London’s Barking and Dagenham borough, which has 50 times more people on the waiting list than available properties, has a 50-year waiting list for council housing.
By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May originally opposed the motion, but was forced to accept it as between 20 and 40 pro-EU Tory rebels were pledged to back Labour.
By Robert Stevens, 7 December 2016
The Supreme Court hearing takes place amid an escalating political crisis over Britain’s exiting the European Union, as the EU itself descends ever deeper into chaos.
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2016
The case stems from the major constitutional and political crisis sparked by the narrow June 23 referendum vote to exit the EU.
By Richard Tyler, 6 December 2016
Hunger strikes, attempted suicides and incidents of self-harm are common in the centres.
By Robert Stevens, 3 December 2016
The deepening economic crisis post-Brexit, fuelled by the political uncertainty resulting from Trump’s victory in the US, is reshaping political loyalties in ways that cross party lines.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 December 2016
Veolia’s vindictive actions will come as no surprise to millions of workers.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2016
New leader Paul Nuttall’s promotion of anti-immigrant and law-and-order rhetoric is a right-wing populist veneer for the defence of British capital against the working class.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 1 December 2016
Corbyn has capitulated to the warmongers in the Parliamentary Labour Party at every juncture.
By Dennis Moore, 1 December 2016
Local authorities agreed to help just under half of the 6.6 million people who approached them for help.
By Danny Richardson and Robert Stevens, 29 November 2016
The implications for pensioners of the recommendations of the Work and Pensions Select Committee are disastrous.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 November 2016
The total number of workers in self-employment, temporary work and zero-hours contracts has increased by nearly 2 million over the past decade.
“Buried alive by the National Coal Board”
By Margot Miller, 28 November 2016
A total of 116 children perished in the avalanche of coal waste—almost half of those at Pantglas Junior School—along with 28 adults, including five teachers.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2016
Support for a second referendum on the UK’s European Union membership has only minority support in Parliament but cuts across existing party divisions.
By Robert Stevens, 25 November 2016
Cox was killed just one week prior to the referendum vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2016
Workers whose living standards have already been devastated face more years of brutal austerity.
By Richard Tyler, 24 November 2016
News of the proposed payment led to an online petition demanding that “the Crown and its estates should be made to fund its own renovations.”
By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2016
That the Chilcot inquiry was wholly a creature of the government and had no real independence is confirmed in declassified documents.
By Alice Summers, 23 November 2016
Nearly 4 million children live in poverty in Britain.
By Chris Marsden, 22 November 2016
Corbyn is presenting Labour as the best means to secure the interests of big business in a post-Brexit Britain, as against a divided Tory government.
By Trevor Johnson, 22 November 2016
The new laws are an unprecedented attack on democratic rights, giving the state the power to gather information on millions, and to process, profile and store the results.
By a reporting team, 21 November 2016
Young people brought their own homemade banners such as “No fees, no cuts, no debt”, “Drop Fees, Not Bombs” and “Education, not Deportation.”
By Paul Mitchell, 21 November 2016
Hutton’s defence of a political and economic system that is committed to austerity only legitimises UKIP’s demagogic posturing as the voice of the “people” against “the elites.”
By Julie Hyland, 21 November 2016
SEP Assistant National Secretary Julie Hyland moved the second resolution to the SEP (UK) Third National Congress, “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: The strategic lessons.”
By Richard Tyler, 19 November 2016
Cox was shot and stabbed multiple times in broad daylight on the way to her MPs surgery.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2016
Since its founding seven years ago, Uber has extended its reach to 66 countries and 507 cities worldwide, with over 1 million drivers.
By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2016
We are publishing here the opening report to the Socialist Equality Party (UK) Third National Congress, given October 28, 2012, by SEP National Chairman Chris Marsden.
By Ajanta Silva, 17 November 2016
Since the Health and Social Care Act was introduced in 2013, private firms have won National Health Service clinical contracts worth £5.5 billion.
By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2016
Placing its fortunes in the hands of a reviled and unstable figure such as Trump is a measure of the May government’s political desperation.
By Chris Marsden, 16 November 2016
Mason and others within Britain’s pseudo-left and liberal commentariat seek to dress up a strategic reorientation of imperialist policy in a progressive cloak.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2016 Congress resolutions
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 14 November 2016
Presented here is an edited version of the first resolution adopted by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) Third National Congress, held October 28-31 in Sheffield.
By Joe Mount, 12 November 2016
Economic stagnation and government austerity measures are eviscerating incomes and pushing thousands more into unemployment.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2016
Everything was done by the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee to limit the doctors’ struggle and isolate their strike, even as it had widespread popular support.
By Robert Stevens, 11 November 2016
More than 100 emergency workers attended the scene and worked for six hours to free injured commuters.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2016
Post-Brexit, the major corporations are lobbying Downing Street, demanding promises and policies to ensure their continued and increased profitability.
By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 9 November 2016
Conditions in prisons in England and Wales have deteriorated rapidly as a result of spending cuts, while inmate numbers—including those held awaiting trial—have surged.
By Robert Stevens, 8 November 2016
Among Britain’s ruling elite there is grave concern for the future of Europe over the outcome of an election being contested by the two most unpopular candidates in US history.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 7 November 2016
In portraying the European Single Market as progressive, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is siding with finance capital and big business interests against the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2016
The High Court ruling that only parliament may trigger Britain’s exit from the EU has spurred collaboration between pro-remain forces committed to overturning the referendum vote to leave.
By Julie Hyland, 4 November 2016
The High Court ruled that Parliament alone has the right to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union.
By Barry Mason, 4 November 2016
The three cleaning workers’ strike is being isolated by the trade unions.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 November 2016
The British parliament, led by the Labour government, voted for an illegal war because it agreed with Blair that supporting the US was a strategic imperative.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2016
Fallon told Parliament’s Defence Committee that Britain’s armed forces were central to the ongoing NATO encirclement of Russia.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2016
The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader one year ago has not changed Labour’s pro-war agenda one iota.
By Ajanta Silva, 1 November 2016
Dorset’s NHS management aims to downsize two major A&E departments, children units, maternity units and more than a half a dozen community hospitals delivering inpatient care.
By Alice Summers, 31 October 2016
Lee Nutley is just one of countless people who have been driven to food banks, substance abuse and, in the worst cases, ultimately to their deaths after sanctions to their benefit claims.
By Barry Mason, 27 October 2016
In London, nearly three quarters of residents classified their homes as failing to meet the Living Home Standard established by the housing charity Shelter.
By Tania Kent, 26 October 2016
The cuts to education budgets mean thousands of teaching assistants losing their jobs or facing a major reduction in their hours.
By Steve James, 25 October 2016
For Sturgeon and the SNP leadership, the threat of a new independence poll is a tool to extract concessions from London—primarily over the terms of Brexit.
By Margot Miller, 25 October 2016
In Hedges’s words: “Adequate housing is the basis of a civilised urban society. … The photographs should allow us to celebrate progress, yet all they can do is haunt us with a sense of failure.”
By Robert Stevens, 24 October 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will activate Article 50 by the end of next March.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 October 2016
In September, 2,000 patients were left without a doctor after a surgery was closed in Nottingham following an “inadequate” regulatory rating.
By Simon Whelan, 21 October 2016
The executions of wounded soldiers as described in Colin Maclachlan’s book, even if excused as “mercy killings,” are illegal under international law.
By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2016
A xenophobic campaign by British politicians and media is being waged against children arriving in the UK from the Calais migrant camp.
By Tom Pearce, 19 October 2016
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report notes that school spending per pupil is likely to fall by around 8 percent in real terms by 2020.