By Chris Marsden, 25 May 2016
In speech after speech at a recent Left Leave meeting, the national division of the working class was portrayed as the sole means of opposing imperialism.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By Chris Marsden, 23 May 2016
”Left Leave” is a mechanism for transmitting the most degraded and right-wing nationalist sentiments into the working class.
By Harvey Thompson, 21 May 2016
Shirreff urges class war at home and public spending cuts to fund massive increases in military spending.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 May 2016
The ahistorical, irrational and racialised policies of the pseudo-left have opened the way for an assault on the NUS from the right.
By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2016
The government’s legislative programme for the next year includes new powers for the state under the guise of tackling “extremism” and the abolition of the Human Rights Act.
By Trevor Johnson, 18 May 2016
The growing discrepancy in life expectancy between the rich and poor is the result of decades of attacks on jobs, wages and living standards.
Notes on the London housing crisis
By Allison Smith, 18 May 2016
Last year, one in five families was forced to move home in the capital. Rent has soared 20 percent over the past five years, while average pay has increased only 2 percent.
By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2016
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s lofty pretence at being above personal insults would carry more weight if it was not routinely employed to justify his latest political capitulation to the right wing.
By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2016
No explanation has yet been provided by Manchester United, the police or the company that left a dummy explosive device in a football stadium, of Sunday’s extraordinary events.
By Julie Hyland, 14 May 2016
IMF head Christine Lagarde warned that in the event of a vote to leave the European Union, the UK could enter into recession.
By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2016
The documentary reconstructs key events and includes harrowing footage of the crush and its aftermath, as well as interviews with family members, survivors and police officers on duty.
By Chris Marsden, 12 May 2016
The referendum campaign has exposed the dangers confronting the working class as a result of the growing conflict between the imperialist powers.
By Chris Marsden, 11 May 2016
With the Conservatives divided, the Labour Party’s ability to deliver its 9 million voters is considered essential for the sections of the ruling class supporting a Remain vote on Brexit.
By John Newham, 11 May 2016
Deplorable conditions are being used to justify the further privatisation of the prison service.
By Julie Hyland, 10 May 2016
Cameron made clear that he was speaking not only on behalf of the UK, but for all the major imperialist powers
By Robert Stevens and Harvey Thompson, 9 May 2016
The only concern of the union leaders has been to protect their dues income.
By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2016
In Thursday’s elections in the UK, large swathes of the parliamentary Labour Party were not only predicting a disastrous defeat for their party, they were actively working for one.
By Harvey Thompson and Barry Mason, 7 May 2016
The decision to close the Huddersfield A&E unit is related to the terms of the Calderdale Royal Private Finance Initiative agreement, which prohibits its sale or mothballing for another 42 years.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2016
During Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament Wednesday, David Cameron reiterated the charge that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter of terrorism.
By Alice Summers, 5 May 2016
A report released last week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown that, in a typical week, there were an estimated 668,000 destitute households in the UK.
By Robert Stevens, 4 May 2016
As on every other issue of principle, Jeremy Corbyn has surrendered to the right wing in the face of a slanderous attack on the Labour Party’s ranks as a mass of “anti-Semites.”
By Margot Miller, 4 May 2016
Successive Labour and Conservative governments have reduced spending on children and young people by 71 percent.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 May 2016
The government’s refusal to accept even a few hundred children follows its attempts to prevent unaccompanied minors trapped in France from being re-united with their families.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 2 May 2016
Ken Livingstone, accused of anti-Semitism, is the target of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting all criticism of Israel and shifting the Labour Party still further to the right.
By Michael Barnes, 2 May 2016
Under Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, London has cemented its position as the playground of a corrupt financial oligarchy and one of the most socially polarised cities on the planet.
By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2016
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has capitulated to a scurrilous campaign to portray Livingstone as an anti-Semite.
By our reporters, 29 April 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines and at rallies during this week’s two one-day strikes without emergency cover.
By Edwin Wills, 28 April 2016
Under zero-hours contracts, workers must be ready to work whenever required.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The verdict in the longest jury case in British legal history vindicates the campaign by the families and supporters of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans killed 27 years ago.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The death of 96 Liverpool football supporters on April 15, 1989 was followed by a 27-year cover-up.
By Robert Stevens, 27 April 2016
The strike by 45,000 junior doctors in England is the first stoppage in the history of the National Health Service to be held without emergency care being provided.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2016
The Socialist Party frames its call for the nationalisation of Tata steel explicitly in terms of defending Britain’s “national interest” and “heritage”.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2016
Junior doctors have refused to back down in the face of government threats, but the danger is their isolation at the hands of the health unions and the Labour Party.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 April 2016
Pension obligations will be transferred to the taxpayer, while the corporate heads’ own tax obligations are wiped out, courtesy of debt-financed transactions and off-shore tax havens.
By Thomas Scripps, 25 April 2016
Many working families will lose up to £200 a month as a result of the Universal Credit welfare reform introduced by the Conservative government.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 April 2016
The claim by Chancellor George Osborne that the European Union will guarantee prosperity for British families is absurd.
By Tony Robson, 21 April 2016
The Remain and Leave campaigns are led by parties that have cut NHS and opened up public health care for privatisation.
By Robert Stevens and our reporters, 21 April 2016
The role of Keep Our NHS Public is to ensure that any fight back remains within the stranglehold of the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Ajanta Silva, 20 April 2016
After paving the way for years of pay freezes and erosion of conditions, the unions have colluded with the government and accepted the 1 percent cap on pay this year and until 2020.
By Michael Barnes and Julie Hyland, 19 April 2016
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union and the train drivers union ASLEF claim EU membership is “bad for Britain in general and bad for the railway in particular.”
By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2016
Large numbers of junior doctors currently involved in industrial action took part in the protest, which also included student nurses and steelworkers.
By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2016
The SEP urges a rejection of both the defenders of the European Union and the advocates of a British exit from the EU in the official Remain and Leave campaigns.
By Dennis Moore, 16 April 2016
In the period from 2004 to 2014, state funding for care of the elderly plunged by a third.
By Chris Marsden, 15 April 2016
The intervention by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in favour of Britain remaining in the EU is vital for the ruling elite amid growing popular hatred of the Cameron government.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2016
Plants will be taken over only on condition that wages, conditions and pension rights are decimated.
By Chris Marsden, 11 April 2016
Britain stands at the epicentre of an international web of corruption serving the interests of a financial oligarchy that rules the entire planet.
By Tania Kent, 11 April 2016
The Conservative Cameron government is demanding that all schools are converted into academies, which are state funded but privately run, by 2022.
By Julie Hyland, 9 April 2016
The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition and the Socialist Party are promoting “left nationalism” in the service of a faction of the British bourgeoisie.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2016
In his fifth version of events in four days, Prime Minister David Cameron admitted to owning shares in his father’s offshore company and profiting from them.
By our reporters, 8 April 2016
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines around the country.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 April 2016
As pressure builds on Britain’s Conservative government over the tax arrangements of Prime Minister David Cameron, it is becoming clear that the Panama Papers are merely the tip of the iceberg.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 April 2016
Junior doctors have demanded more effective action after Health Secretary Hunt announced he would impose a new contract by August 1.
By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2016
The following is an amended version of a report delivered March 26 by Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to a party aggregate in Sheffield.
UK central to global tax avoidance
By Chris Marsden, 6 April 2016
The leaked Panama Papers detailing widespread global tax avoidance place the UK at the centre of this operation.
By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016
The Labour Party and the trade unions have responded to the planned closure of Tata Steel’s UK plants with demands for protectionism and trade war.
By Alice Summers, 2 April 2016
Since 2010, about a quarter of library workers have lost their jobs.
By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2016
The position of Labour and the unions is based on developing protectionist measures to defend what they view as an industry critical to the interests of British imperialism.
By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2016
Neither Labour leader Corbyn nor the trade union bureaucracy proposes any struggle by steel workers in defence of their jobs.
By Chris Marsden, 31 March 2016
Judges ruled that the UK had not violated article two of the European Convention of Human Rights protecting the right to life.
Statement by NHS Fightback
29 March 2016
The imposition of a draconian contract on 55,000 junior doctors is a test case for restructuring employment conditions for the entire workforce of the National Health Service.
By Ross Mitchell, 26 March 2016
Prior to the stoppage, the RMT union sought to get the strike off the agenda.
By Steve James, 25 March 2016
From the start, Unite made clear that it sought nothing more than good relations with Forth Ports to carry forward their shared interests.
By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2016
There is a stark symmetry between the treacherous and cowardly course of Corbyn’s tenure and the betrayal carried out by the Syriza government in Greece.
By Robert Stevens, 22 March 2016
Under conditions of escalating economic crisis, the rifts in the Tory party are an expression of political realignments underway within bourgeois politics internationally.
By Barry Mason, 22 March 2016
According to a new report by Oxfam, just seven percent of the increase in wealth over the past 15 years went to the poorest 50 percent, or 30 million people.
By Tom Pearce, 19 March 2016
The failure of the UK government to achieve its target for teacher recruitment is symptomatic of the crisis arising from dictatorial conditions and extreme governmental pressure.
By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2016
Against the pseudo-left, the Socialist Equality Party intervenes in the referendum campaign in order to clarify the fundamental historical and programmatic issues raised by the struggle against austerity, militarism and war.
By Chris Marsden, 18 March 2016
The Socialist Party has played the central role in glossing over the nationalist opposition to immigration on the part of Trade Unionists Against the European Union and its predecessors.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2016
Conservative Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, announced Wednesday, dramatically slashes the tax rate on corporate profits and capital gains.
By Steve James and Minnie Watson, 17 March 2016
Another round of spending cuts imposed by the Scottish National Party government on behalf of the Conservative central government is likely to cost as many as 15,000 job losses.
By Danny Richardson, 16 March 2016
A campaign has been set up by the families of two Rotherham men after rescue attempts were called off within a couple of days of a power station’s collapse.
By Alice Summers, 16 March 2016
London is particularly affected, with rough-sleepers in the capital constituting 26 percent of the country’s total.
By Robert Stevens, 15 March 2016
McDonnell said ensuring Labour’s credibility on the economy to big business was “the struggle of a generation.”
By Margot Miller, 15 March 2016
The action was announced on the steps of the headquarters of Arts Council England.
By Barry Mason, 14 March 2016
ISPs will have to keep records of the browsing history of everyone who accesses the Internet for 12 months, with this data freely available to the police and the GCHQ.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2016
There is nothing that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn once proclaimed as an issue of political principle that he will not jettison.
By Robert Stevens, 12 March 2016
Despite the government's direct intervention last month to impose an inferior contract, the British Medical Association has insisted that doctors are not involved in a political struggle.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 10 March 2016
The support of the dominant sections of Britain’s financial and business elite for remaining in the European Union is based on maintaining trade links within the world’s largest single market.
By Dennis Moore, 9 March 2016
Mental health services for children and young people in England were cut by £35 million last year alone.
By Emily Wilson and Robert Stevens, 9 March 2016
In recent years, the annual profits of British Gas averaged £584 million.
By Robert Stevens, 8 March 2016
The “Leave” campaign speaks for a layer of the British ruling elite that regards the EU as a constraint on the pursuit of Britain’s national interests.
By Trevor Johnson, 8 March 2016
The MPS uses arguments on the need for secrecy and hiding identities that were previously exercised in the run-up to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
By Francis Dubois, 7 March 2016
The Amiens and Paris summits lay bare rising tensions inside Europe in the run-up to today's EU-Turkey summit on the escalating refugee and war crisis in Syria.
By Steve James, 7 March 2016
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has come forward as the most craven booster of the political bona-fides of the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2016
French officials threatened that a British exit from the European Union could lead France to stop blocking refugees from traveling via Calais to Britain.
By Sascha Woods, 4 March 2016
The NHS has lost out on the hiring of over 1,000 trained nurses due to restrictions on migration.
By Allison Smith, 3 March 2016
The high cost of housing has pushed London to the bottom of the league table for living standards in the UK
By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2016
We are posting here replies to two comments from readers on the statement published this week by the Socialist Equality Party.
By Tony Robson, 2 March 2016
The central risk to the junior doctors is the continued isolation of their struggle by the trade unions.
By Robert Stevens, 29 February 2016
In his speech to the rally, Labour party leader Corbyn made no mention of the advanced preparation for war being made by the imperialist powers, including Britain.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International
29 February 2016
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2016
The letter by 13 military officials is testament to the role of the European Union in the militarist agenda of the main European powers.
By Margot Miller, 27 February 2016
Some Further Education staff have suffered a reduction in pay by as much as 17 percent after years on lower than inflation pay rises.
By our reporters, 26 February 2016
Many residents will be uprooted and unable to find a new affordable accommodation, as the deposit required to acquire a mortgage stands at £80,000.
By Barry Mason, 25 February 2016
The precedent for grouping prisoners based on shared ideological beliefs is the infamous “H blocks” in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.
By Tom Pearce, 24 February 2016
The Academy programme privatisation scheme has led to a substandard level of education for children and large chains controlling schools across wide geographical areas.
By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2016
The first responsibility of a socialist in the referendum on “Brexit” is to reject all appeals for working people to fall in behind one or another faction of the bourgeoisie fighting over which strategy best upholds the interests of British imperialism.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 22 February 2016
What is on offer in the June 23rd referendum is a choice between supporting one of two reactionary camps that articulate opposed strategies for the British bourgeoisie.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 February 2016
Despite disputes over financial regulation, there was broad agreement among EU heads of state for Prime Minister Cameron’s proposed cuts to social benefits for refugees.