Britain

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.

UK vote to Leave the European Union triggers economic and political crisis

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 25 June 2016

The result of the UK referendum has sent a seismic shock not only through Britain, but also through Europe and the world.

UK vote to leave the European Union triggers economic and political crisis

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 24 June 2016

The result of the UK referendum has sent a seismic shock, not only through Britain but Europe and the world.

Fascist killer of Labour MP Jo Cox to stand trial for murder

By Robert Stevens, 24 June 2016

Cox was due to present a report in parliament warning of the dangers posed by “nationalist radicals” before she was killed by a fascist sympathiser last week.

The Brexit referendum: A turning point in European politics

By Chris Marsden, 23 June 2016

To conceal both camps’ policies of class war, trade war and military war, and to sow divisions within the working class, the referendum has increasingly focused on whipping up nationalism and xenophobia.

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition make nationalist case for Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2016

The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party serve to blind the working class to the dangers posed by the strengthening of the most right-wing sections of the bourgeoisie through the referendum campaign.

Galloway and pseudo-left defend alliance with UKIP and Tory right at Brexit referendum meeting

By a reporter, 22 June 2016

The meeting organized by the "Left Leave" campaign exposed the line-up of the pseudo-left with right-wing nationalist and fascistic forces.

UK: Bakers union suspends strike action against 2 Sisters Food Group

By Tony Robson, 22 June 2016

The principle of equal pay for equal work has become a thing of the past and is not peculiar to the 2 Sisters Food Group or the low-paid food and drink industry.

Chris Marsden speaks at the Humboldt University in Berlin

The Brexit referendum and the struggle for socialism

22 June 2016

Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) explained why the party is calling for an active boycott of Thursday’s referendum.

Ahead of vote on UK membership in EU

Corbyn and Cameron use killing of Cox to cement their alliance against Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2016

Since Jo Cox’s death, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said nothing about the evidence of the killer’s association with far-right groups tied to sections of the Tory party.

MP’s murder exposes role of neo-fascists in British Leave campaign

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2016

The murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox underscores the frenzy of nationalism and xenophobia being whipped up around Thursday’s referendum on EU membership.

Billionaire former BHS boss faces down UK parliamentary committee

By Jean Shaoul, 20 June 2016

Some 11,000 workers are set to lose their jobs and around 22,000 present and future retirees will see their pensions decimated after the collapse of high street retailer BHS.

Leeds bus workers strike over pay

By Barbara Slaughter, 18 June 2016

Earlier this month, 250 workers employed by First Bus Leeds voted unanimously to reject management’s paltry pay offer and begin a campaign of strike action.

The EU referendum and the murder of British MP Jo Cox

By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2016

The murder of Cox has starkly revealed the fascistic character of the forces being whipped up around this week’s referendum on British membership in the EU, particularly by the Leave campaign.

The significance of the Brexit referendum for the European working class

By Peter Schwarz, 18 June 2016

Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech in London to a June 14 public meeting sponsored by the SEP (UK).

UK Labour MP Jo Cox murdered in midst of Brexit referendum campaign

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2016

The brutal murder of a Labour parliamentarian by a man who allegedly yelled “Britain first” takes place amid a hysterical campaign of right-wing nationalism and xenophobia.

Fears of UK exit from the EU fuel global panic

By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2016

The release of polls showing a likely “leave” result in the referendum on membership in the EU has fueled a stock sell-off and prompted worried statements by central banks.

ICFI Secretary Peter Schwarz speaks in London on Brexit referendum

By our reporter, 16 June 2016

Schwarz’s remarks, which were live-streamed over the internet, drew online listeners from India, Sri Lanka, America, Poland, Germany and France.

Britain’s Labour Party helps Conservative government pass Snoopers’ Charter

By Trevor Johnson, 15 June 2016

The UK’s security and spying agencies are being rewarded for their criminality with new and almost unlimited powers.

The financial skulduggery behind the collapse of UK retailer BHS

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2016

While the press have called the revelations “extraordinary” and “shocking,” implying that the events behind the collapse of BHS are a “one-off,” these corporate practices are the norm.

Debt soars for students in England

By Thomas Scripps, 14 June 2016

With interest, the average graduate will pay back an additional £3,000 more than they were expecting, with the burden falling more heavily on the poor.

Sports Direct and BHS: The real face of British capitalism

By Julie Hyland, 13 June 2016

While lamenting Ashley and Green as the “unacceptable face of capitalism,” the media made clear that much of what had occurred was perfectly legal.

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!

Peter Schwarz, secretary of the ICFI, at June 14 London public meeting to be live streamed

13 June 2016

Peter Schwarz will speak on the historical experience of German workers, who paid a terrible price for the subordination of the Communist Party of Germany to nationalism in the 1930s.

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum: Socialist internationalism versus left nationalism

By Chris Marsden, 13 June 2016

The following is a speech by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), on the party’s campaign for an active boycott of the June 23 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union.

UK trade union federation calls for Britain to remain in EU

By Robert Stevens, 11 June 2016

The Trades Union Congress is backing the Remain campaign on the cynical basis that it is necessary to protect workers from the attacks of the Conservative government.

UK: Pro-Corbyn Momentum Youth and Students hold founding conference

By Joe Mount, 11 June 2016

The aim of Momentum Youth and Students is to recruit youth into the Labour Party and trade unions.

British rail workers facing state repression

By Michael Barnes, 10 June 2016

Workers have held strikes to protest the elimination of the safety-critical role of the conductor, who operates doors on the busiest routes in the UK.

Cameron/Farage debate on EU dominated by anti-immigrant rhetoric

By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2016

Tuesday night’s TV debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage centred on who could more aggressively scapegoat migrants.

Cuts plunge UK National Health Service further into deficit

By Ben Trent, 9 June 2016

The deficit highlights the growing disparity between what the government is spending and the resources required for the population to remain in good health.

UK: Tata Steel completes sale of Long Division plant to Greybull

By Danny Richardson, 8 June 2016

Steel workers jobs will be axed and wages, pensions and working conditions undermined with the full compliance of the unions, who will police the shop floor.

UK: Why are the Socialist Workers Party and the Greens debating the merits of the European Union?

By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2016

The stated defence by the Green Party and the Socialist Workers Party of “open borders” and the rights of migrants is a charade.

The case for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2016

The struggle for a socialist Britain within a United Socialist States of Europe is a burning necessity for workers who, in every country, face the same class enemy and the same problems of austerity and war.

UK: The political fraud of the Another Europe is Possible campaign

By Julie Hyland, 7 June 2016

The campaign makes no mention of the Cameron government’s austerity agenda that has seen millions of jobs destroyed, wages cut, welfare slashed to the bone and migrants denied entry to the UK.

UK Labour leader Corbyn stakes his future on vote to remain in EU

By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2016

Corbyn is towing the line dictated by the dominant sections of British imperialism, which see membership of the EU as essential for securing Britain’s economic interests.

Scotland’s RISE electoral coalition descends into crisis

By Steve James, 4 June 2016

RISE is led by an aspiring middle class layer of academics and commentators seeking to build their careers through the creation of a new Scottish capitalist state

British pensioners over 75 increasingly likely to live in poverty

By Trevor Johnson, 4 June 2016

Just under a quarter of single pensioners are living in poverty.

Anti-migrant propaganda dominates UK Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 3 June 2016

Both the Remain and Leave campaigns for the June 23 referendum on UK membership of the European Union are pushing anti-migrant measures.

UK population poorer and hungrier

By Dennis Moore, 1 June 2016

The number of people in the UK who struggled to put food on the table in 2014 is equivalent to the entire population of London.

Divisions over Europe tear through UK Conservative Party

By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2016

Several leading Tory euro-sceptics made unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister David Cameron over the weekend.

The politics and origins of Britain’s Spiked-Online—Part Two

By Zach Reed, 31 May 2016

In the hands of Spiked, invocations of “free speech” are transformed into a justification for attacking broader democratic rights.

National Health Service bosses report calls for a flexible workforce

By Alice Summers, 30 May 2016

The changes would force nurses, paramedics and others to take on increased workloads and do jobs currently carried out by doctors.

The politics and origins of Britain’s Spiked-Online—Part 1

By Zach Reed, 30 May 2016

Spiked’s defence of “free speech” is based on promoting right-wing individuals and groups, often in alliance with Conservative Students societies.

Anti-migrant rhetoric dominates debate on UK membership in the EU

By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2016

The Leave campaign is focusing on whipping up hysteria over immigration.

UK university lecturers strike against pay cuts and casualisation

By our reporters, 28 May 2016

University staff have seen their pay fall in real terms by 14.5 percent since 2009.