Britain

Britain: Perverse verdict clears security guards of Jimmy Mubenga killing

By Julie Hyland, 20 December 2014

The racism evidenced by the guards’ text messages is one deliberately cultivated by the ruling class to scapegoat foreign workers for the social crisis created by capitalism.

British troops returning to Iraq

By Mark Blackwood, 17 December 2014

Iraq is once again at the center of the imperialist scramble for domination of the Middle East and Eurasia.

Mass surveillance ruled legal in UK

By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2014

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK.

Mass arrests at Eric Garner protest in London

By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2014

The mass arrests at the Westfield demonstration reflect the nervousness of the ruling elite in the face of any form of dissent.

British Labour Party strikes a pose against NHS privatisation

By Tony Robson, 16 December 2014

The bill brought by Labour MP Clive Efford leaves intact the framework to outsource services to the private sector.

UK faces a return to 1930s levels of poverty

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2014

The ruling elite in Britain intend to carry out an offensive against the working class equal to that in Greece.

US Senate committee agreed to conceal UK complicity in CIA torture

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report.

Leaked photos show UK nuclear plant poses public safety threat

By Trevor Johnson, 10 December 2014

Spent fuel rods abandoned in neglected storage ponds are in danger of being exposed to the air, which could set off a nuclear explosion.

UK: Police use tear gas to repress student sit-in at Warwick University

By Joe Mount, 8 December 2014

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious.

London’s New Era housing estate residents take protest to Downing Street

By Allison Smith, 5 December 2014

The housing residents are demanding a halt to rent increases and the threat of eviction.

UK and China clash over Hong Kong

By Julie Hyland, 4 December 2014

A significant section of the ruling elite in Washington and London are using the dispute over Hong Kong’s status to encourage the dismemberment of China.

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him.

Scottish student debt skyrockets

By Joe Mount, 2 December 2014

Although tuition is free in Scotland, miserly levels of student support mean that students must turn to loans to cover their living costs.

UK Prime Minister Cameron launches fresh attack on European Union migrants

By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2014

Cameron has previously proposed a cap on the number of European Union migrants allowed to enter the UK.

Report of Russian warship manoeuvres in English Channel highlights growing war danger

By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2014

The largest military manoeuvres presently being staged are by NATO, in Poland, under the Readiness Action Plan agreed at the NATO summit in Wales.

Housing rights campaigners speak out on UK government’s social cleansing

By our reporters, 29 November 2014

WSWS reporters spoke to Isabel Counihan-Sanchez and her daughter Sarah about their experiences with eviction and their involvement in the Housing 4 All campaign.

UK workers see six years of falling wages

By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2014

Young workers have borne the brunt of the post-2008 assault on pay, with the real wages level of those under 25 falling back to below levels last seen in 1988.

The fight against war and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

28 November 2014

This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28.

Britain joins campaign to revoke passports

Political dissidents to be rendered stateless

By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2014

Once again, under the guise of the “war against terror”, the state is accruing authoritarian powers, including the ability to effectively render a British citizen stateless.

UK report on murder of soldier drives calls for deeper state repression

By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2014

The report into the murder of soldier Lee Rigby is being used to introduce new draconian "anti-terror" legislation.

British health unions carrying out fraudulent “fair pay fight”

By Ajanta Silva, 24 November 2014

It was the Labour Party’s Private Finance Initiatives that began the privatisation of health care.

UK Independence Party wins Rochester by-election

By Julie Hyland, 22 November 2014

The result is another blow to the Conservative Party, which lost its Clacton seat to UKIP only last month.

Tories and Labour compete to scapegoat migrants for British social crisis

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 21 November 2014

The anti-immigrant stance being taken by all the bourgeois parties is aimed at further curtailing the democratic and social rights of working people as a whole.

UK faces further round of austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2014

The new cuts to be inflicted by whichever government emerges from the next election will be even deeper and more widespread.

New UK study finds 300,000 more people living in poverty

By Dennis Moore, 19 November 2014

Since 2008, soaring food and fuel costs have had a severe impact on the poorest 20 percent.

Scottish National Party budget delivers another round of cuts

By Steve James, 18 November 2014

The SNP government has imposed spending levels set by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition in Westminster.

European Court rules governments can refuse migrants social welfare

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 November 2014

The German ruling class welcomes workers from poorer EU states as a source of cheap labour, but they are effectively second class citizens with no democratic or social rights.

UK government assumes control of Tower Hamlets local authority

By Jordan Shilton, 15 November 2014

The fact that only minor examples of wrongdoing were identified in a nearly 200-page report points to the political character of the decision to send in commissioners.

Still The Enemy Within: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left

By Paul Mitchell, 15 November 2014

The central problem with the documentary is its promotion of the state capitalist Socialist Workers Party’s perspective, which lets the Labour Party and the unions entirely off the hook for the betrayal of the miners.

UK parliament backs anti-democratic European Arrest Warrant

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2014

It was Labour that effectively shut down any discussion on the EAW and ensured its passage.

New head of Britain’s GCHQ demands Internet companies act as state informers

By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2014

Within hours of Robert Hannigan becoming the new director of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters spy centre, he demanded it be allotted greater powers.

Local government unions push acceptance of poverty pay in the UK

By Tony Robson, 12 November 2014

Britain’s public sector unions are attempting to push through a deal that is little more than a repackaging of the government’s pay restraint.

UK postal workers take unofficial strike action

By Zach Reed, 10 November 2014

The walkouts are a result of work speedups and job cuts at Royal Mail.

UK teenage killer named publicly and sentenced to 20 years

By Julie Hyland, 8 November 2014

Having successfully petitioned for the overturning of his anonymity, much of the media have used Cornick’s case as an occasion for prurient coverage and demands for retribution.

UK Tories in conflict with Merkel government over limiting EU immigration

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2014

High level sources within the German government have indicated they are prepared to see Britain leave the European Union.

Research confirms harshness of sentences handed out to youth following the 2011 UK riots

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2014

The denial of basic rights to those arrested showed there was no constituency within the British ruling class prepared to defend basic democratic norms.

Popular opposition grows to London Newham council’s social cleansing policies

By our reporters, 3 November 2014

An occupation by 29 young mothers of an empty block of former social housing flats in London has highlighted the social cleansing policies of Labour Party-controlled Newham council.

UK Tories intensify anti-EU, anti-immigrant rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to make immigration reform the centrepiece of a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the European Union.

Workers protest East London Labour council budget cuts

By Paul Stuart, 21 October 2014

Already 800 local authority jobs have been lost in Barking and Dagenham under cuts implemented by Labour.

Tens of thousands march in London against low wages

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.

University study exposes growing hunger in South London borough of Lambeth

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.

Britain: NHS at “breaking point,” say top health professionals

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.”

Right-wing UK Independence Party benefits from disaffection in British by-elections

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2014

UKIP makes its core appeal on opposition to the European Union, while peddling anti-immigrant chauvinism.

UK unions begin to demobilise their own pathetic protest strike

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.

Dire shortage of affordable housing in the UK

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.

UK terror trial collapses because defendant briefed MI5

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

UK Conservatives pledge further attacks on democratic rights

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.”

UK pilots union agrees mass layoffs/pay cuts at Monarch

By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2014

Monarch is going through a major restructuring with the stated aim of becoming a “low-cost” airline.

Michael Banda, former leader of the British WRP, dies at age 84

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.

Britain’s parliament votes for war in Iraq, and also Syria

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.

Britain prepares to join US-led war in Iraq and 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.

Unending austerity pledged by UK Conservatives and Labour alike

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.

Britain’s fake-left groups seek permanent nationalist alliance in Scotland

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.

UK: National Health Service staff ballot for strike action over pay

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.

Victorian-era diseases return to Britain

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.

The impact on Europe of the Scottish independence referendum

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.

UK prepares for full military action in Syria and Iraq

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.

Workers and youth support Socialist Equality Party campaign in opposition to Scottish nationalism

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.

Possible “yes” vote in Scotland referendum provokes split in UK Conservative Party

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.

Report exposes impact of tax hikes on London poor

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.

Third televised debate in Scottish referendum: No one speaks for working people

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.

Scottish National Party arms police in preparation for rising social opposition

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.

Britain outlines new “anti-terror” laws

By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2014

Fundamental democratic norms are being obliterated in a manufactured atmosphere of fear.

UK: The Rotherham child sex abuse scandal

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.

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

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.

Poorest in the UK less healthy and dying younger

By Dennis Moore, 2 September 2014

The UK has one of the worst rates for early neonatal deaths in Western Europe.

UK announces new NATO military force, declares terror alert

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.

Tony Blair offered advice to Kazakhstan dictator

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.

Income inequality rises sharply in Britain

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.

How Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign sells nationalism to the working class

By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014

The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.

UK undercover police escape prosecution for abusing women

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.

Foley execution used to call for UK military action in Iraq

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.

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

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.

UK minister signals further welfare cuts ahead of 2015 general election

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.

UK joins US military offensive in Iraq

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.

Still no evidence of Russia’s alleged military incursion into Ukraine

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.

Rising British self-employment used to obscure worsening job situation

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.

Dozens of immigrants discovered trapped, one dead, in British shipping container

By Chris Marsden, 18 August 2014

As soon as the survivors were released from hospital, they were sent directly to an immigration reception centre.

Tommy Sheridan’s nationalist diatribe in service of Scottish big business

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.

London mayor Boris Johnson to return as Tory MP on anti-European Union platform

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.”

UK rail union’s “Listen to London” conference a fiasco

By Michael Barnes, 12 August 2014

Workers stayed away from the RMT’s conference called to justify the sellout of rail strikes.

150,000 protest in London against Israel’s siege of Gaza

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.

London: Protesters denounce mass murder in Gaza and biased BBC media coverage

By our reporters, 11 August 2014

Some of those attending Saturday’s protest in London spoke to the WSWS.

UK government attempts to conceal its involvement in rendition and torture

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.

London mayor threatens to dock pay of striking firefighters

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.

Anti-Gaza war demo in Manchester, UK

By Tony Robson, 5 August 2014

Protestors in central Manchester speak out against Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.

Lloyds Bank admits fixing repo rate

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.

Protesters denounce UK and US support for Israeli military massacres

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

Video blog on Gaza devastation by British Channel 4 News presenter attracts wide audience

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.”

British court to hear bulk of terrorism trial in secret

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.

Action “unlikely” against police officers involved in UK secret spying operation

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.

British university system faces collapse

By Joe Mount, 29 July 2014

Britain’s universities increasingly rely on private philanthropists for their funding.

Britain’s “Healthier Together” sets agenda for health cuts in Manchester

By Tony Robson, 28 July 2014

The Conservative Liberal Democrat government has taken major steps towards dismantling Britain’s National Health Service.

UK tribunal hears evidence of mass surveillance

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.

Northampton sale of Egyptian statue: Major assault on art and cultural provision in the UK

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.

British unions open door to charges for doctor visits

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.

UK: Leeds protest against Gaza war condemns BBC blackout

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.”

UK government, media demand punitive action against Moscow over MH17 crash

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.”

London rally draws tens of thousands to protest Gaza invasion

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”.

UK schools required to actively promote “British values”

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.