Britain

Pseudo-left line up behind efforts to fashion Labour as Britain’s “Syriza”

By Julie Hyland, 25 August 2016

The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party played a lead role in covering for Syriza in Greece and are now seeking to encourage illusions in the supposedly socialist character of the Corbyn campaign.

Britain: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn outlines policies for “wealth creation”

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 24 August 2016

Corbyn routinely proclaims that he is for a “new politics,” but this amounts to only a handful of limited measures that do nothing to challenge the stranglehold of the super-rich over society.

UK junior doctors defiance of government contract curtailed by BMA

By Tony Robson, 24 August 2016

The Conservative government intends to enforce a revised contract—which has already caused five nationwide strikes and was overwhelmingly rejected in July—on junior doctors.

Britain: Labour’s anti-Corbyn plotters plan rival parliamentary grouping

By Julie Hyland, 23 August 2016

The Labour Co-op plan is being put forward as a way that the party right wing can avoid moving straight to a breakaway grouping, where they might struggle to muster any support.

UK: Strike action at historic low, and unions work to keep it that way

By Simon Whelan, 23 August 2016

The virtual disappearance of strikes during a period when workers’ jobs, wages, and conditions have been under unparalleled attack is a damning indictment of the trade unions.

UK Labour leader Corbyn silent on right-wing coup attempt at Sheffield rally

By Robert Stevens, 22 August 2016

Repeated calls for party unity were made by all the speakers at the Sheffield rally, passing over the efforts of Labour’s right-wing to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Workers and youth speak on Corbyn and the British Labour Party

By our reporters, 22 August 2016

The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> interviewed several of those participating in a Sheffield rally called in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The ruling class and the spectre of Leon Trotsky

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Seventy-six years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains not only a towering historical personality, but also a figure of acute contemporary political relevance.

UK media denounces Corbyn’s refusal to support war with Russia

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Corbyn’s comments occasioned a slew of articles and commentary declaring that he could not be trusted with the reins of power if he were not ready for all-out war.

Britain’s Financial Times calls on anti-Corbyn plotters to prepare Labour split

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2016

The FT said the Labour right must think “through what a new party of the centre-left would stand for” and make “serious preparation” for a breakaway.

Research highlights continued immiseration of British workers

By Simon Whelan, 19 August 2016

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, millions of British workers and their families are sinking below the poverty line despite being employed.

Former UK professional soccer player Dalian Atkinson dies after being hit with Taser

By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2016

Atkinson suffered a cardiac arrest after being kicked and tased by police while visiting his 85-year-old father in Telford, Shropshire.

UK inquest reveals brutality of immigrant detainee’s death

By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2016

Prior to the 43-year-old man’s death, he was attached by his wrists to a two-metre closet chain.

British Special Forces operating inside Syria

By Harvey Thompson, 16 August 2016

The BBC report revealing their presence tried to portray the role of the Special Forces as a withdrawn, reserved force.

UK: Dorset health services to be slashed to reduce deficit

By Ajanta Silva, 16 August 2016

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group claims it is facing a £200 million deficit by 2021.

UK Labour leader Corbyn refuses to oppose denial of vote to party members

By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2016

On Friday, the Court of Appeal in London handed down a politically motivated ruling upholding the denial of a vote to those who have joined the Labour Party since January.

UK Court of Appeal sanctions mass disenfranchisement of Labour Party members

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2016

The politically-motivated ruling excludes up to 150,000 Labour party members from voting in the upcoming leadership contest.

BHS scandal in the UK: The real face of capitalism

By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2016

The BHS/Philip Green scandal shows how asset-stripping, sale-and-lease-back arrangements, dummy companies and tax havens are now the norm, not the exception.

UK Court of Appeal to rule on exclusion of Labour Party members from leadership ballot

By Robert Stevens, 12 August 2016

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee argued that the mass sign-up to the party by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn is contrary to the “democratic process.”

Union calls off UK rail strikes

By Michael Barnes, 12 August 2016

By calling off the Scotrail and Southern GTR strikes, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union has again proved its worth to the government and the rail companies.

UK: Hinkley Point nuclear plant delay provokes angry response from China

By Robert Stevens, 11 August 2016

Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming warned that, “Right now, the China-UK relationship is at a crucial historical juncture.”

BBC propagandises in favour of pro-European Union, anti-Corbyn putsch

By Julie Hyland, 11 August 2016

The Labour leader was especially criticised in the documentary for refusing to “engage” in the anti-immigrant propaganda that featured on both sides of the official campaigns.

Growing poverty leads to vast increase in UK food bank demand

By Barry Mason, 10 August 2016

The rise in the number of food bank users runs parallel to the increasing levels of austerity imposed by successive governments following the 2008 global financial crisis.

Once again on Owen Jones and the coup against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 10 August 2016

Guardian columnist Jones sides with the coup plotters with the aim of preserving Labour as a trusted political instrument of British imperialism in the name of ensuring its “electability.”

UK High Court rejects ban on 130,000 Labour members voting in leadership contest

By Julie Hyland, 9 August 2016

The court overturned a rule, aimed at excluding supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn, that only members who joined before January 12 would be allowed to participate in the election.

Southern rail conductors begin longest UK rail strike in 50 years

By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2016

The five-day stoppage by train conductors on the busy Southern rail network has caused widespread disruption, with some 60 percent of services expected to be cancelled.

UK inquiry refuses to investigate police spying on Workers Revolutionary Party

By Paul Mitchell, 9 August 2016

The issue of police spying on the WRP resurfaced when actor Ricky Tomlinson called on Lord Pitchford to overturn his decision to refuse him “core participant” status in the inquiry.

Anti-Corbyn plotters make second Brexit vote centre of UK Labour leadership contest

By Laura Tiernan, 8 August 2016

Owen Smith, the challenger to the Labour leadership, condemned Jeremy Corbyn for not fighting hard enough for a Remain vote.

UK National Health Service forced to the brink of financial collapse

By Margot Miller, 8 August 2016

The NHS has been instructed to make savings of £22 billion by 2021, on pain of fines and takeovers by regulators.

More than 500 UK employers and charities benefited from use of free forced labour

By Barry Mason, 8 August 2016

The scheme was set up not to assist people to get back into employment, but as a subvention to employers.

UK: Labour leader Corbyn calls debate with coup plotter Owen Smith “comradely”

By Robert Stevens, 6 August 2016

Denying that a split is in the cards has become the central theme of Corbyn’s leadership campaign, even as the Blairite wing of the party continues to seek his removal.

Bank of England announces record rate cut in windfall for financial markets

By Barry Grey, 5 August 2016

The rate cut, together with other measures announced by the bank, will pump 170 billion pounds ($223 billion) into the UK’s financial markets.

Knife attack in London prompts massive police operation

By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2016

The killing on a central London street of a US national is being used to justify a massive build-up of armed police throughout the UK.

British government to escalate its Middle East intervention

By Paul Mitchell, 5 August 2016

The ramping up of the British military intervention is part of US plans to recapture Mosul from Islamic State control.

British RAF carry out airstrikes in Mosul, Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2016

The bombings mark a further escalation of Britain’s participation in imperialist military operations in the Middle East.

UK law firm boasts blocking support to disadvantaged children

By Benjamin Trent and Paul Mitchell, 4 August 2016

More than 1.3 million schoolchildren in England—15 percent of the total—have been identified as needing special educational needs and disabilities support.

UK: Weymouth and Bridport bus drivers escalate strike action

By Ajanta Silva, 3 August 2016

The Weymouth bus drivers’ dispute demonstrates that whenever the union bureaucracy are forced to call industrial action, they ensure that it remains isolated.

UK delays nuclear plant deal signed with France and China

By Robert Stevens, 2 August 2016

Conservative Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced that the project was to be reviewed, with a final decision delayed to the autumn.

UK Labour Party coup plotters make public their split preparations

By Robert Stevens, 1 August 2016

A major fear of the right wing is that if they carry out a formal split now, ahead of the September result, they could lose any right to be called the “Labour Party” and to secure its assets.

UK workers’ pay plummets since 2008 global financial crash

By Richard Tyler, 30 July 2016

Unlike their members, whose incomes fell by over 10 percent in real terms, trade union bosses saw their own pay packets rise collectively between 2007 and 2015 by 18 percent.

After Brexit: The struggle for socialism in Britain

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2016

The following is a speech delivered by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), at public meetings held this month in London and Sheffield.

Labour donor’s legal effort to oust Corbyn fails

By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2016

Thursday's High Court ruling is the third blow in as many days to the Blairites’ attempt to oust Corbyn.

Survey reveals majority of British see themselves as working class

By Simon Whelan, 28 July 2016

The British Social Attitudes research offers ample evidence of the continuing leftward political trajectory of tens of millions of people.

UK: Labour Party’s women MPs stage provocation to justify a purge of party members

By Chris Marsden, 27 July 2016

In the McCarthyite smear campaign of the Labour right wing, not a single claim of intimidation made against Corbyn and his supporters has been substantiated.

UK steel industry jobs threatened following Brexit vote

By Danny Richardson, 27 July 2016

Some 11,000 steel workers’ jobs and thousands more in supply firms are threatened by the crisis over the future of Tata UK’s operations.

The Guardian: Apologist for nuclear war

By Laura Tiernan, 27 July 2016

Claiming to stand for progressive opinion, the Guardian’s role is to police public discourse, upholding at all times the strategic imperatives of imperialism.

UK government steps up its role in NATO warmongering

By Harvey Thompson, 26 July 2016

The vote to renew Trident came 10 days after the NATO summit in Warsaw, at which then Prime Minister David Cameron made clear Britain’s commitment to aggression against Russia.

Corbyn and McDonnell plead with UK Labour Party right wing for “unity”

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 July 2016

The aim of the Blairites is not merely to depose Corbyn, but to thwart the growing anti-capitalist sentiment and yearning for fundamental social change among millions of people.

UK: National Health Service cardiac units to be cut

By Margot Miller, 25 July 2016

The cuts will reduce from 13 to 10 the number of units in the country dealing with congenital heart disease—a condition that mainly affects children.

French president, British prime minister meet to discuss Brexit crisis

By Alex Lantier, 23 July 2016

Hollande shifted towards a more accommodating position, giving Britain more time to negotiate the exit and reaffirming Britain’s role as a key military ally of France.

Leadership contest prompts mass sign-up to UK Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 23 July 2016

Owen Smith, Corbyn’s challenger for the leadership, voted in support of setting up a no-fly zone in Libya and for air strikes in Iraq.

Protests follow the death of teenager in Liverpool

By Dennis Moore, 23 July 2016

Footage shows Mzee Mohammed face down, barefoot and apparently unconscious while appearing to have his hands cuffed behind his back.

The murky world of the UK’s Blairite anti-Corbyn coup plotters

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2016

Leading figures in the plot to depose Corbyn were members of the US British-American Project, which was established during the 1980s with a mission “to perpetuate the close relationship between the United States and Britain.”

Youth deaths highlight growth of UK private mental health services

By Dennis Moore, 22 July 2016

Nine young people have died since 2009 while being treated in private mental health units across the UK.

Three quarters of Labour MPs back renewal of UK nuclear missile system

By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2016

MPs from the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour Party took it in turns to support the use of nuclear weapons.

Labour and Liberal Democrats plot new party in event of Corbyn’s re-election

By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2016

The Mail On Sunday reported that a breakaway party is being discussed in secret, involving up to 150 Labour MPs, who would align themselves with the Liberal Democrats.

Former British prime minister warns of revolution

By Nick Beams, 19 July 2016

Brown couches his comments in terms of the danger of right-wing populist forces, but his real fear is the development of a socialist movement of the working class.

UK trade unions fail to mobilise for anti-austerity demonstration

By Paul Mitchell, 19 July 2016

The most striking feature of the London demo was the absence of trade union leaders and Labour “lefts.”

Child poverty soars in Britain

By Joe Mount, 19 July 2016

Official figures show the greatest annual rise in child poverty in two decades between 2014 and 2015.

Deep concerns in New Zealand ruling elite over Brexit vote

By John Braddock, 18 July 2016

Running through much of the media commentary is a growing alarm about potential instability, as well as a seething hostility to the working class.

What the coup against Jeremy Corbyn reveals about the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 18 July 2016

Labour was, from its birth, dedicated to the defence of capitalism against the threat of international socialism.

UK parliamentary debate buries Iraq War inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 16 July 2016

This week’s parliamentary debate on the Chilcot inquiry demonstrated that the ruling elite have no intention of allowing the war’s architects to be brought to justice.

UK Guardian’s Owen Jones offers apologia for anti-Corbyn coup

By Julie Hyland, 16 July 2016

Jones’ criticism of the right-wing Labourites is not with their coup against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn per se, but rather its timing.

UK: Children referred for “deradicalisation” under “anti-terrorist” strategy

By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2016

Since the start of the 2015 academic year, increasing numbers of youth have been questioned over their religion, political affiliation and actions.

New UK Prime Minister Theresa May to head austerity government

By Chris Marsden, 14 July 2016

May is a hard-line Thatcherite, who is considered capable of ruthlessly defending the interests of the ruling class.

Bailiffs and police break up another homeless camp in Manchester

By Dennis Moore, 14 July 2016

Shelter, a homeless charity, has produced figures showing that last year in England, 148,000 renting households, equivalent to 350,000 renters, were put at risk of eviction.

UK Labour’s governing body says Jeremy Corbyn will be on leadership ballot

By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2016

There is no reason for anyone to believe that the National Executive Committee’s decision puts an end to the ongoing coup attempt against Corbyn.

Labour’s Jack Straw and MI6’s Sir Mark Allen shielded from prosecution over rendition to Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 13 July 2016

The British government has spent at least £600,000 to prevent a civil case going ahead, forcing Straw and Allen to give evidence.

Evictions of private tenants increase by over 50 percent in England and Wales

By Allison Smith, 13 July 2016

The wealth of private landlords stands in stark contrast to that of their tenants.

Theresa May wins Conservative leadership contest and will be new UK prime minister

By Robert Stevens, 12 July 2016

The ruthless dispatch of contender Andrea Leadsom, in order to secure the favoured candidate of the ruling elite as prime minister, is testament to the dire crisis facing the British bourgeoisie.

Angela Eagle chosen to front anti-Corbyn coup in UK Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 12 July 2016

The campaign to remove UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by 172 MPs pits the Parliamentary Labour Party against the vast majority of Labour Party supporters.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon ignored in Europe

By Steve James, 12 July 2016

While the Brexit crisis centres on British relations with the EU, the unanticipated debacle is also threatening to destabilise relations between and within all the EU’s component countries.

Leadership contest launched, raising prospect of split in UK Labour Party

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 11 July 2016

Nothing is being ruled out by the Parliamentary Labour Party, including the possibility that Labour leader Corbyn will not be allowed to stand in a leadership contest.

Five agency workers crushed to death in British scrapyard

By Danny Richardson, 11 July 2016

Three serious incidents have occurred at the Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant in the Nechells area of Birmingham in the last few years.

The anti-working class politics of the pseudo-left

Left Unity endorses pro-EU offensive to overturn Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 9 July 2016

Left Unity has lent its services to the campaign to mobilize sections of student youth and middle class professionals behind a pro-EU, anti-working class agenda.

UK: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn refuses to call Tony Blair a war criminal

By Chris Marsden, 8 July 2016

Corbyn’s silence is his response to the efforts by 80 percent of Labour MPs, led by the Blairite wing of the party, to remove him as party leader.

The New York Times on the Chilcot report on Iraq war: “Nothing new here”

By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2016

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Times provided invaluable assistance to the Bush administration in dragging the American people into a criminal war based on lies.

The Chilcot verdict on Iraq: A war crime by British and US imperialism

By Julie Hyland, 7 July 2016

The Chilcot report provides conclusive proof that those responsible for the war have the blood of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on their hands.

UK junior doctors vote to reject contract

By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2016

Junior doctors rejected a contract supported by the British Medical Association union that slashes overtime pay and extends working hours.

UK Conservative leadership doubles down on Brexit as pound resumes plunge

By Julie Hyland, 6 July 2016

The pound fell to a 31-year low against the dollar following news that economic growth in the UK slowed to less than 0.2 percent in the second quarter.

Britain’s right-wing media call for creation of new pro-European Union party

By Robert Stevens, 6 July 2016

Leading commentators in the financial press view the founding of a new party as a means of reversing a strategic setback for the dominant sections of British capital.

UK: Forty-two years after Birmingham pub bombings, inquest to be reopened

By Trevor Johnson, 6 July 2016

The inquest is into the bombings themselves and their victims, rather than the frame-up of six innocent men.

Union boss offers to broker “peace” deal with Labour’s anti-Corbyn plotters

By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2016

A frantic last-ditch effort is being made to force the resignation of UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn so as to avoid a fresh leadership contest.

Legal challenge threatened following UK Brexit vote

By Julie Hyland, 5 July 2016

The move represents the most serious attempt to date to overturn the result of the referendum.

UK teachers hold one-day strike against education bill

By Tania Kent, 5 July 2016

The strike by National Union of Teachers members takes place amid the drive for the complete privatisation of state education.

All candidates in UK Tory leadership contest pledge to uphold Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 4 July 2016

The British Conservative Party leadership contest proceeds under conditions of a gathering economic crisis and rancorous divisions within the ruling elite over the referendum result.

Britain’s Labour shadow chancellor seeks to appease anti-Corbyn coup plotters

By Julie Hyland, 2 July 2016

The highest echelons of the state have determined that a refashioned Labour Party may be the best means of reversing the vote for Britain to exit the EU.

China grapples with implications of Brexit vote

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2016

The British vote to leave the EU has undermined China’s strategy of using the UK as a stepping stone to Europe and has broader geopolitical ramifications.

UK Bus workers suspended in Leeds following strike

By Barbara Slaughter, 2 July 2016

All over the UK, the Unite union is presiding over a situation whereby bus workers are paid myriad different rates for doing the same job.

More student bodies disaffiliate from UK National Union of Students

By Alice Summers, 1 July 2016

The right-wing nature of the disaffiliation campaigns is plain to see from the heavy involvement of the Conservative Party.

The anti-Corbyn coup and calls for a second referendum on Brexit

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 1 July 2016

The strategic interests of the ruling elite in Britain and the US—especially as regards NATO and its military provocations against Russia—require that the referendum result be rescinded.

Candidates line up in UK Conservative leadership contest

By Julie Hyland, 30 June 2016

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson today quit the leadership race after it became clear that not only was he unacceptable to the Remain wing of the party, but he was considered unreliable by the euro-sceptics.

UK Labour right wing mounts leadership challenge against Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 30 June 2016

The coup against Corbyn is considered vital to the ability of the British ruling class to safeguard its interests globally.

Thousands turn up for cancelled “Remain in EU” rallies throughout the UK

By our reporters, 30 June 2016

The purpose of those addressing the rally was to exploit the frustration and anger of young people at the referendum result and its consequences.

In right-wing putsch, UK Labour MPs deliver overwhelming anti-Corbyn vote

By Julie Hyland, 29 June 2016

The motivation of the parliamentary Labour Party is not their professed concern that Corbyn could not win a general election, but their fear that he very well might.

Brexit crisis poses disintegration of United Kingdom

By Steve James, 29 June 2016

The Scottish National Party is sounding out the EU and its member states to explore whether Scotland could retain EU membership if the UK leaves.

Workers at two UK rail companies strike against threat to jobs and safety

By Michael Barnes, 29 June 2016

On all existing driver-only operations there are no conductors or onboard staff, other than the revenue inspectors.

Oppose the coup plot against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 28 June 2016

With the ruling elite facing its deepest political crisis since World War 2, the highest echelons of the British state have concluded that no oppositional sentiment to austerity, militarism and war can be tolerated.

The way forward after the Brexit referendum

By Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 June 2016

The only certainty in the aftermath of the Leave vote is that the assault on the working class will be intensified, as the ruling elite demand greater sacrifices in the “national interest.”

Brexit vote intensifies conflicts within European Union

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2016

The process of European integration begun just after World War II, intended to build political institutions that would make a new world war impossible, is unraveling.