By Paul Stuart, 21 October 2014
Already 800 local authority jobs have been lost in Barking and Dagenham under cuts implemented by Labour.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 October 2014
At Saturday’s rally, the trade union leaders spoke as if they have had nothing to do with the onslaught on living standards and declining wages.
By Allison Smith, 18 October 2014
A study on food insecurity in Lambeth, South London revealed that more than 75 percent of parents had reduced the size of their meals or skipped meals.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 October 2014
An open letter from the heads of a number of health professional bodies speaks of “signs of a system buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flat lining budgets.”
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2014
UKIP makes its core appeal on opposition to the European Union, while peddling anti-immigrant chauvinism.
By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2014
Strikes were called to give undeserved credibility to the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) October 18 “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march and rally in London.
By Dennis Moore, 8 October 2014
The shortage of affordable housing is a consequence of years of not building the houses required to meet demand.
By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2014
Moazzam Begg was one of four people arrested in February on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria, possessing documents for a purpose connected to terrorism.
Britain begins bombing in Iraq
By Robert Stevens, 2 October 2014
Home Secretary Theresa May announced that if the Conservatives are returned to power in 2015, they will fully implement the “snoopers charter.”
By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2014
Monarch is going through a major restructuring with the stated aim of becoming a “low-cost” airline.
29 September 2014
Until the crisis that erupted in the Workers Revolutionary Party in 1985, Banda was a central leader of the British Trotskyist movement for more than three decades.
By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament there was “no legal barrier” to Britain extending parliament’s approval for bombing Iraq to cover similar action in Syria.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 September 2014
Both the Conservatives and Labour Parties back British involvement in the US-led war, which is aimed at reasserting military dominance in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 25 September 2014
Labour is positioning itself as the most favoured and trusted instrument to impose austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 22 September 2014
Having embraced nationalism in Scotland, Britain’s fake-left groups are emerging ever more openly as right-wing tendencies.
By Tony Robson, 19 September 2014
The trade unions have opened the door to four separate pay rates for National Health Service staff performing the same job across the UK.
By Julie Hyland, 17 September 2014
Figures from England and Wales indicate that there was a 19 percent increase in the number of people hospitalised for malnutrition in the last year.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014
The immense tensions generated by the Scottish referendum point to an unprecedented crisis of rule, whatever the outcome of Thursday’s ballot.
By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014
Using aid worker David Haines’ murder by ISIS as the casus belli, British Prime Minister Cameron is preparing to back military strikes in Iraq and Syria.
By our reporters, 16 September 2014
Workers and young people in Scotland have responded positively to the SEP’s call for a “No” vote in Thursday’s referendum on the basis of a rejection of nationalism and the fight for the unity of workers in Britain and internationally.
By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2014
There is a gathering political crisis in the Conservative Party over the September 18 referendum on Scotland's independence from the UK.
By James Hatton and Paul Bond, 8 September 2014
Last year’s elimination of the council tax benefit has raised local taxes for over 300,000 poor residents of London.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014
As with the two previous debates on the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, none of the genuine concerns facing working people were seriously addressed.
By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2014
Talk of the “Americanisation” of the police in Scotland must be taken seriously, particularly in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2014
Fundamental democratic norms are being obliterated in a manufactured atmosphere of fear.
By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2014
A recent report details how, from the early 2000s, social services in Rotherham were collapsing under the impact of budget cuts and growing caseload numbers.
By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014
The following is an edited version of a speech given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at a public meeting in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow on August 27.
By Dennis Moore, 2 September 2014
The UK has one of the worst rates for early neonatal deaths in Western Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron recently stated that the UK’s “military prowess” is available for use in the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 30 August 2014
Former prime minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair is the go-to man for advice to all manner of blood-soaked dictators.
By Robert Stevens, 28 August 2014
The country is sharply polarised between a tiny minority who control much of the country’s wealth and monopolise political life, and the vast majority who have little control over either.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014
The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.
By Julie Hyland, 26 August 2014
More than 10 women are taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, after finding out that their former partners were part of an undercover police unit.
By Robert Stevens, 25 August 2014
Following each act of terrorism committed by Islamic fundamentalists in the UK, it has soon emerged that the intelligence services knew the perpetrators in advance.
By Steve James, 25 August 2014
Scottish nationalists and the ex-left tendencies have thrown all their resources into meetings, canvasses, stunts and leaflet drops to support a campaign, the central purpose of which is the division of the working class in Britain.
By Tony Robson, 23 August 2014
In a keynote address, the top British official for Work and Pensions signaled the further intensification of his government’s assault on social spending.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise that “Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq” is worthless.
By Chris Marsden, 19 August 2014
If reports from the Guardian and the Telegraph are to be believed, experienced journalists stood by and watched Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine without taking a photograph to record the event.
By John Farmer, 19 August 2014
The rise in self-employment is driven not by an “entrepreneurial spirit,” but the lack of full-time employment offering an adequate income and pension.
By Chris Marsden, 18 August 2014
As soon as the survivors were released from hospital, they were sent directly to an immigration reception centre.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 August 2014
Tommy Sheridan, former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, addressed a meeting in support of Scottish separatism flanked by a representative of Business for Scotland and numerous Saltaires.
By Robert Stevens, 13 August 2014
As London mayor, Johnson speaks for the financial aristocracy, whom he describes as the “zillionaires” and “hedge fund kings.”
By Michael Barnes, 12 August 2014
Workers stayed away from the RMT’s conference called to justify the sellout of rail strikes.
By Paul Bond, 11 August 2014
The size of the action demonstrated the outrage felt by broad sections of the population at the horrific violence unleashed on the Palestinian people in Gaza.
By our reporters, 11 August 2014
Some of those attending Saturday’s protest in London spoke to the WSWS.
By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2014
The British government has approached the US in an attempt to censor information regarding Britain’s involvement in rendition and torture.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 8 August 2014
Mayor Boris Johnson has previously imposed cuts to fire services, including the closure of fire stations.
By Tony Robson, 5 August 2014
Protestors in central Manchester speak out against Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 August 2014
Lloyds, in which the British Treasury has a 24 percent stake following the bank’s collapse in 2008, admitted that four of its staff had defrauded the Treasury.
By Daniel O’Flynn, 4 August 2014
Thousands of protestors gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London, Friday, to express their opposition to Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip
By Julie Hyland, 2 August 2014
News presenter Jon Snow: “If you decide to throw missiles, shells ... then you will undoubtedly kill children. And that is what [the Israeli government] are doing.”
By Jordan Shilton, 30 July 2014
Britain’s ruling elite are working to put a system in place that would permit people to be locked up for life without anyone knowing about it.
By Julie Hyland, 29 July 2014
Special Demonstration Squad operatives infiltrated hundreds of organisations, concentrating on “extreme left-wing/extreme right-wing” groups and “animal rights/environmental” activists.
By Joe Mount, 29 July 2014
Britain’s universities increasingly rely on private philanthropists for their funding.
By Tony Robson, 28 July 2014
The Conservative Liberal Democrat government has taken major steps towards dismantling Britain’s National Health Service.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2014
A hearing on the operations of Britain’s GCHQ revealed that state interception of electronic communications can relate to political opposition to US foreign policy.
By Paul Bond, 25 July 2014
Northampton, like other Conservative councils, is enthusiastic about selling off the contents of its public museums and art galleries. Labour accepts the argument that artefacts can and should be sold to make up funding shortfalls.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2014
Advocates of charging for doctors’ services argue that a system of free health care for all is no longer sustainable due to the economic crisis.
By our reporters, 22 July 2014
Demonstrators on the protest in Leeds, West Yorkshire carried placards saying “BBC=British Brainwashing Channel” and shouted “We are all Palestinians now.”
By Julie Hyland, 21 July 2014
David Cameron has seized on Thursday’s tragic crash in eastern Ukraine to demand a “reset of European-Russia relations.”
By our reporters, 21 July 2014
The London protest, called under the banner of “justice and freedom” for Palestine, chanted slogans including “Stop Israel’s war crimes” and “End Israeli Apartheid”.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 July 2014
Behind all the talk of democratic values, the British bourgeoisie—like its counterparts the world over—are developing more and more repressive measures to police working people.
By Margot Miller, 19 July 2014
As a proportion of total UK public spending, a miniscule 0.5 percent now goes to the arts.
By Robert Stevens, 19 July 2014
The vote to fast track into legislation the Data Retention and Investigative Powers Act by Britain’s Parliament shows the extent to which the structures for police states are being prepared in Europe.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2014
The UN has declared that bulk metadata collection, use of secret courts, and surveillance-guided drone strikes violate basic principles of international law.
By Julie Hyland, 17 July 2014
The resignation of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague signifies a further shift to the right.
By Paul Bond, 17 July 2014
The Docklands Light Railway, established to serve London’s financial district, has long been the testing ground for a more generalised assault on workers’ conditions.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 July 2014
For all his complaints against the supporters of Scottish nationalism, Galloway is no less hostile to the independent political mobilisation of the working class than the pro-independence camp.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014
The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.
By Richard Tyler, 14 July 2014
Once again, the so-called “war on terror” is being employed to abrogate civil liberties and strengthen the repressive powers of the state.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in a number of town and cities in England who participated in last Thursday’s national public sector strike and protests.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 12 July 2014
The National Health Service will be one of the hardest hit social services in a public land selloff.
By our reporters, 12 July 2014
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking teachers on the demonstration in London during Thursday’s nationwide public-sector strike.
By Julie Hyland, 11 July 2014
Thursday’s action was the minimum necessary for the trade union bureaucrats to persuade the government that it needs their assistance in policing the working class.
By Dennis Moore, 10 July 2014
Under the new eligibility system, thousands have died after being deemed fit for work, with thousands more denied benefit payments.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2014
The government’s slashing of National Health Service funding is the cause of the crisis.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2014
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is to advise Egyptian president and military dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
By Steve James, 7 July 2014
BBC’s “Newsnight” has revealed 2012 plans for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2014
Only 10 percent of searches lead to an arrest and black people are six times more likely to be stopped than whites.
By Steve James and Jordan Shilton, 5 July 2014
On a recent tour, Tommy Sheridan did not issue a word of criticism of the Scottish National Party, Scotland’s main capitalist party.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 3 July 2014
By the end of the current parliament (2015), core funding for councils will have been reduced by 40 percent.
By Berndt Reinhardt, 2 July 2014
Refugees in Berlin are demanding the democratic right to be free to choose where they live, work and raise a family.
By Tony Robson, 2 July 2014
Since coming to power in May 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has been able to mount a one-sided assault on the working class thanks to the unions.
By Joe Mount, 1 July 2014
The punitive policy means that youth without A-levels or equivalent qualifications would lose their income unless they enroll in vocational training courses.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 June 2014
Alex Evans from the Sheffield Star was at the city’s train station filming a pensioners’ protest when he was ordered to delete his footage.
By Danny Richardson, 25 June 2014
Job cuts form part of the firm’s Global Business Services (GBS) restructuring plans.
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2014
Tempora operates on a similarly massive scale to that of Prism and is able to record 600 million “telephone events” per day.
By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2014
Official statistics confirm that the UK’s economic “recovery” is benefiting only the super-rich, to the detriment of working people.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2014
A new report by the Equality Trust exposes the regressive character of Britain’s tax system.
By Barry Mason, 20 June 2014
Testimony in ongoing inquiry into the 1989 stadium disaster, in which 96 people lost their lives, showed that the venue had an out-of-date safety certificate.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2014
The British bourgeoisie are concerned at the reawakening of anti-war opposition.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 June 2014
Coming in the context of a series of reports on the astronomical levels of social inequality in Britain and internationally, Carney’s comments are a warning to ruling circles over the instability of their social order and the inevitability of mass social opposition.
By Paul Stuart, 14 June 2014
The brutal measure was exposed by a member of the public who passed the entrance each day on his way to work.
By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2014
The witchhunt began in November when an anonymous letter, now widely accepted to have been a hoax, was sent to the media.
By Tony Robson, 12 June 2014
The recent Healthcare at Home debacle underscores the danger to public health resulting from the privatisation of the UK’s National Health Service.
By Dennis Moore, 11 June 2014
Due to years of budget cuts, Kew Gardens has a £5 million shortfall, leaving it ever more dependent on philanthropic and commercially generated funding.
By Joe Mount, 10 June 2014
This will be the first decade since records began in 1961 that has not seen a fall in absolute child poverty in the UK.
By Simon Whelan, 9 June 2014
The NUM is promoting a buyout of the pit in which the workforce will have to invest their own money in a venture that has no guarantee of success.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 June 2014
In the wake of the European elections, leading figures within the British Labour Party have stepped up their calls to embrace the policies of UKIP.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 7 June 2014
Despite the widespread abuse of the severely disabled people in their care, none of Winterbourne View’s executives were ever questioned, let alone charged or jailed.