British PM sets out plans for Syrian partition and moves against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2015

Cameron’s speech was a conscious and wilful deception of the British public as to the advanced dangers of a new world war.

UK government outlines unprecedented public spending cuts

By Julie Hyland, 26 November 2015

In just 10 years, from 2010 through 2020, government spending as a percentage of GDP is projected to fall by 10 percent, with disastrous consequences for millions of people.

UK: What is the “Northern Powerhouse”?

By Margot Miller, 26 November 2015

Under the control of the Labourites, each city and region within the Northern Powerhouse is involved in a cutthroat struggle for investment and the slashing of wages.

Two killed, five injured in Welsh steel mill explosion

By Danny Richardson, 25 November 2015

Celsa Steel UK, which runs the mill in Cardiff, offered no explanation as to the cause of the blast, which killed Peter O’Brien, 51, and Mark Sim, 41.

Cameron, Hollande meet to discuss military escalation in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2015

The British prime minister’s meeting with French President François Hollande was aimed at securing a vote in the UK parliament for war in Syria.

UK Chancellor “negotiates” decimation of public services ahead of spending review

By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2015

Chancellor George Osborne is demanding that governmental departments slash their expenditures by up to 40 percent.

More cuts to come as UK economy heads towards deeper crisis

By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2015

New data shows that the UK economy is fragile and teetering on the edge of a major crisis.

UK local authorities crack down on the homeless

By Dennis Moore, 21 November 2015

The use of so-called Public Space Protection Orders is on the rise across Britain.

Britain’s Paul Mason: A left liberal warmonger

By Chris Marsden, 21 November 2015

Mason is portrayed, and portrays himself, as a “man of the left,” based largely on his membership in the group Workers Power in the 1980s.

US releases Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years in prison

By Jean Shaoul, 20 November 2015

The Pollard affair has long been a bone of contention between the Israeli and US intelligence agencies.

Jeremy Corbyn supports autonomy for Scottish Labour Party

By Steve James, 20 November 2015

Corbyn used the Scottish Labour conference last month as a platform to promote a variant of left-sounding Scottish nationalism.

UK: Junior doctors vote to strike

By Barry Mason, 20 November 2015

Senior doctors, who will be expected to bear the brunt of the strike action, have publicly expressed their support for their junior colleagues.

Labour MPs side with Tory government against Corbyn on war and repression

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2015

Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.”

UK government outlines plans for expanding militarism and repression after Paris attacks

By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a further £2 billion for the current military budget, including a doubling of the UK fleet of military drones to 20.

UK: Caparo steel workers sacked with immediate effect

By Danny Richardson, 18 November 2015

The steel unions, which moved rapidly to defuse any anger at the previous job cuts in the industry, have offered nothing to oppose the latest ones.

Young people in UK hit hardest by austerity

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2015

Almost a third of young people in Britain make less than £7.71 an hour.

Citing Paris attacks, Jeremy Corbyn retreats from critique of UK foreign policy

By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2015

Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, cancelled plans to make a speech defending his previously stated opposition to British escalation in Syria.

Prime Minister Cameron boasts of UK role in targeted assassination of “Jihadi John”

By Jordan Shilton, 17 November 2015

The assassination of Mohammed Emwazi was the third incident in less than three months in which UK forces have been involved in the killing of British citizens.

UK mounts massive police operation after Paris terror attacks

By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2015

The Paris attacks resulted in calls from the media and sections of the military for Britain to take a central part in military strikes in Syria.

Bloody Sunday Massacre: Ex-Paras launch bid to halt Northern Ireland murder investigation

By Mark Blackwood, 16 November 2015

On Bloody Sunday, 13 unarmed civilians aged between 17 and 41 were gunned down and murdered during a 30-minute killing spree conducted by 1 Para.

UK government admits spying on British population for decades

By Mark Blackwood, 14 November 2015

Amidst revelations of bulk spying on the population, the Cameron government is allocating yet more resources to the vast state surveillance system already in place.

UK parliament passes ‘English Votes for English Laws’

By Trevor Johnson, 13 November 2015

The tendency toward devolution emerges from the cultivation of nationalism by all the bourgeois parties throughout the UK.

UK students protest education cuts

By Ben Trent, 12 November 2015

Since the introduction of tuition fees under Tony Blair, the cost of education in the UK has soared.

Strike shuts down London Docklands Light Railway

By Ross Mitchell, 12 November 2015

The current owner has a history of slashing costs by sub-tendering jobs to its own contractors.

The UK military, Jeremy Corbyn and the threat of dictatorship

By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2015

The public attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by members of the military must be taken as a warning of the preparations for state repression against the working class.

UK Prime Minister Cameron outlines his demands for EU “reform”

By Robert Stevens, 11 November 2015

By seeking changes to the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to neutralise the threat from the anti-EU right within Conservative ranks.

British military chief denounces Labour leader Corbyn on use of nuclear weapons

By Chris Marsden, 10 November 2015

Events have again demonstrated that there is no longer any significant constituency for the defence of democratic rights within ruling circles.

Junior doctors oppose latest government efforts to extend services

By Barry Mason, 9 November 2015

Staff fear the extension of services at a weekend, without additional resources, would put yet more patients’ care in jeopardy.

UK’s National Health Service to be “squeezed as never before”

By Ajanta Silva, 9 November 2015

The NHS’s financial crisis is the product of funding cuts and the drive to privatisation.

Notes on London’s housing crisis

By Thomas Scripps, 7 November 2015

London is the third most expensive city in the world. Working people and students face soaring costs for housing and increasing evictions.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi feted by UK government

By Chris Marsden, 6 November 2015

The UK is the largest foreign investor in Egypt, having poured $25 billion into the country since 2010.

UK government to legalise universal state surveillance

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May outlined the bill terminating democratic rights stretching back to the Magna Carta.

The impact of the refugee crisis: Lampedusa by Anders Lustgarten at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre

By Joe Mount, 5 November 2015

Lustgarten’s play attempts to convey the lives and plight of ordinary people and avoids the self-absorption of many artists.

Parliamentary committee warns Cameron against UK military involvement in Syria

By Julie Hyland, 4 November 2015

Differences within the ruling class over Britain’s strategy in Syria have become even more pronounced since parliament voted against airstrikes in 2013.

UK Criminal Courts Charge: A brutal assault on the poor

By Gregory McAvoy, 3 November 2015

The new system of fines for petty offenses will ensure that many people from deprived backgrounds will be plunged even deeper into poverty.

Benedict Cumberbatch condemns UK government’s inhumane refugee policy

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2015

Cumberbatch has regularly appealed for donations for Syrian children after performances to Barbican audiences.

Royal Marines stage protest in London to defend war criminal

By Robert Stevens, 31 October 2015

Wednesday’s protest was in support of Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who was found guilty of the murder of an injured Afghan prisoner of war in November 2013.

UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital placed in “special measures” over quality concerns

By Tom Pearce, 31 October 2015

Addenbrooke’s dire situation is symptomatic of a financial crisis across the NHS, with two-thirds of trusts predicting a deficit this year.

UK: Jeremy Corbyn and unions demand turn to economic protectionism

By Julie Hyland, 30 October 2015

Through their protectionist policies, the Labour and trade union bureaucracy and their allies are working to divide workers and prevent a unified class struggle against the profit system.

Britain: Government’s general practitioner surgeries plan paves way for further privatisation

By Ben Trent, 30 October 2015

New GP “super-practices” will be given more autonomy, making them more attractive for prospective private companies.

Irish military was on stand-by during financial crisis in 2011

By Steve James, 29 October 2015

Senior members of the current government have pointed to army preparations following the collapse of Ireland’s banks and the imposition of austerity.

British government loses vote on cuts to tax credits in House of Lords

By Robert Stevens, 28 October 2015

The cuts to tax credit payments are central to the Tories’ plans to cut welfare spending by an additional £12 billion, as part of their ongoing austerity offensive.

Tony Blair, imperialist war and the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 28 October 2015

It was the Labour Party, and not simply Blair, which backed the second war in Iraq, just as it did the first in 1990, and as it did in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Tony Blair uses CNN interview to cover for his lies on Iraq

By Chris Marsden, 27 October 2015

Blair’s partial apology was designed to divert from the central issue of his joining with George W. Bush in launching an illegal war of aggression to bring about regime change.

UK’s courting of China sours relations with Washington

By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2015

US officials and advisors have warned that London is “playing a dangerous game” in developing its economic relations with Beijing.

UK Labour leader Corbyn’s “cordial” meeting with China’s President Xi

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 24 October 2015

The most grotesque example of Corbyn’s fawning before Xi was when he gave fulsome praise for “the remarkable Chinese achievements in poverty reduction.”

UK pressured Sweden not to question Julian Assange in London

By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015

Nearly five years after Assange’s arrest without charge, and in breach of a Swedish law, the prosecutor has still not taken a statement from the WikiLeaks editor.

Tribunal rules British MPs not exempt from state surveillance

By Barry Mason, 22 October 2015

An October 14 decision by the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal opens the door for the British intelligence agencies to spy on parliamentarians.

What is the Jeremy Corbyn Momentum?

By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2015

Momentum is perpetrating a fiction that the Labour Party “can transform our society for the better,” rather than being an obstacle to such a change.

Thousands of job losses in UK steel industry

By Danny Richardson and Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015

The main steel unions have repeated their customary pro-business objections, centring on condemning cheap steel imports from China and high taxes on UK steel manufacturers.

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 19 October 2015

Labour’s right wing has been handed a victory without a fight by party leader Corbyn

London: Evictions at Sweets Way estate

By Allison Smith, 19 October 2015

The final eviction at Sweets Way estate took place after a six-month standoff.

Labour right wing blocks with Tories in UK austerity vote

By Julie Hyland, 16 October 2015

The “charter of fiscal responsibility” is the means by which successive governments have written austerity into law.

UK: Metropolitan Police threaten “covert” measures to arrest Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2015

The decision to end the police presence outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in no way lessens the threat to the founder of WikiLeaks.

Scottish Socialist Party takes its nationalist stand against Jeremy Corbyn

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 14 October 2015

Corbyn’s election to head the Labour Party, based on his professed opposition to austerity and militarism, has cut across the SSP’s propaganda in the service of Scottish nationalism.

BBC’s Panorama attacks Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015

Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.

Government forces junior doctors in England to accept new contracts

By Ajanta Silva, 12 October 2015

The new contracts would effectively reduce junior doctors’ pay by 15 to 30 percent, with more extended and unsafe hours.

UK Conservatives pledge deeper austerity

By Chris Marsden, 8 October 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron’s free-market nostrums were wrapped up in a noxious mixture of repression and militarism.

Corbyn victory used to boost illusions in UK Labour Party and trade unions

By our reporters, 7 October 2015

The union leaders have seized with both hands the prospect of using Corbyn’s personal popularity and his anti-austerity rhetoric to shore up their tattered credentials.

Tens of thousands protest austerity outside UK Conservative Party conference

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2015

Workers in Britain have suffered five years of spending cuts, job losses and attacks on living standards on a scale without precedent since the 1930s.

Britain’s second largest steelworks at Redcar faces closure

By Tony Robson, 6 October 2015

The trade unions have complied with every demand of the company on the pretext that increased competitiveness would guarantee future production.

UK Labour: A party of militarism and nuclear war

By Chris Marsden, 5 October 2015

Newly elected Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s statement that he would not authorise a nuclear strike met an outraged response at last week’s party conference.

UK: PCS union isolates National Gallery strikers

By Allison Smith, 2 October 2015

The PCS wants attacks on Gallery workers’ employment conditions to be negotiated through the union and not with a private company.

UK Labour conference ends with attacks on Corbyn over nuclear weapons and Syria

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2015

Corbyn has insisted he can lead the party in an anti-austerity and anti-war direction while maintaining unity with the supporters of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

UK Labour delegates speak on Corbyn’s leadership

By our reporters, 1 October 2015

Some delegates indicated illusions in the possibility of change, in some cases far more radical than that advanced by Corbyn, in and through the Labour Party.

Corbyn speech to UK Labour conference criticises austerity but offers no viable alternative

By Chris Marsden, 30 September 2015

Corbyn took pains to praise all his rivals in the Labour leadership contest, including the arch Blairite Liz Kendall.

New Labour Party shadow chancellor seeks to reassure big business at party conference

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2015

McDonnell called for right-wing opponents of Corbyn in the Labour Party to “come back,” while making clear that the new party leadership would not challenge the capitalist system.

Social cleansing escalates in Inner London boroughs

By Tom Scripps, 29 September 2015

Since 2011, 50,000 London families have been forcibly relocated outside of their boroughs.

UK Labour Party conference begins under leadership of Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2015

The conference will not discuss or vote on scrapping the Trident missile system after major trade unions made clear their opposition to any such move.

A thousand jobs to go at UK Tata Steel

By Danny Richardson, 24 September 2015

The role of the trade unions at Tata Steel has been to demobilise any offensive by steel workers against the cuts.

Serving UK general threatens mutiny against a future Corbyn government

By Chris Marsden, 23 September 2015

The comments of the general are part of an ongoing political campaign of destabilisation mounted by the Conservative government, the media and large sections of the Labour Party.

Poor hit hardest by UK Conservatives’ July budget

By Barry Mason, 22 September 2015

Among those hit the hardest will be working single parents.

UK government welcomes the world’s despots and war criminals to arms fair

By Mark Dowson, 21 September 2015

The UK is now the world’s second largest exporter of defence equipment, behind the United States.

Thousands more jobs to go across all sectors in UK

By Margot Miller, 19 September 2015

Local authorities in the UK face more devastating cuts, after already having their budgets slashed to pay for the bailout of the super-rich following the 2008 economic crisis.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the national anthem row

By Julie Hyland, 18 September 2015

The commotion over Corbyn’s refusal to sing the anthem provides an object lesson in the nature of the political set-up in Britain.

UK National Youth Theatre cancels play on Syria after consulting police

By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015

The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.

UK Labour leader Corbyn, addressing Trades Union Congress, makes first policy speech

By Chris Marsden, 16 September 2015

Corbyn’s assignation of a progressive role to the trade unions flies in the face of political realities as experienced by almost two generations of workers.

UK Conservatives’ Trade Union bill criminalises strikes and protests

By Michael Barnes, 16 September 2015

Some of the repressive measures contained in the Bill have previously been enacted only under dictatorial regimes.

UK Labour leader Corbyn includes pro-austerity, pro-war Blairites in shadow cabinet

By Chris Marsden, 15 September 2015

Corbyn has chosen a shadow cabinet that includes those who are bitterly hostile to the policy shifts he publicly advocates.

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

By Julie Hyland, 14 September 2015

No one can seriously argue—especially after the experience of Syriza in Greece—that a redistribution of wealth can be effected without a struggle by the working class to break the stranglehold of the financial elite.

Rallies in Europe and Australia in defence of refugees

By our reporters, 14 September 2015

Hundreds of thousands rallied over the weekend to support the democratic rights of refugees and to protest right-wing policies of governments throughout the world.

Rupert Murdoch rehabilitates disgraced CEO Rebekah Brooks

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015

Brooks resumes control at News UK just a year after a trial revealing heinous crimes carried out under her leadership at Murdoch’s British operations.

Exhibition in London

Shirley Baker: A compassionate photographer of 1960s working class life

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015

The show is an opportunity to see the compassionate and humorous photographs of working class life by someone whose work rarely reached a wider audience during her own lifetime.

UK Prime Minister Cameron calls for “hard military force” in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 11 September 2015

The British government and its allies are now unabashed in their calls for war in Syria and the removal of Bashar Al-Assad.

The end of democracy in Britain

By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2015

The policy of targeted assassination, begun in Israel, is now part of an international trend in which governments compete for bragging rights over their “hits.”

UK: Thousands of sick and disabled people die after being forced into employment

By Margot Miller, 10 September 2015

The British government aims to get a million more disabled and ill people off the welfare rolls and into employment.

Cameron government justifies targeted assassinations of UK citizens

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 9 September 2015

The attack parallels the Obama administration’s policy of extrajudicial executions and constitutes a violation of democratic rights and the rule of law.

Children in England unhappier in school than their peers elsewhere

By Tom Scripps, 9 September 2015

Despite increased demand, the budget for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been cut by nearly £50 million.

Prime Minister Cameron confirms Royal Air Force killed two British citizens in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2015

The government’s admission that it ordered the targeted assassination of two Britons in Syria parallels the extra-judicial murders of its own citizens by the US government.

The plight of patients and workers in Britain's Adult Social Care service

By Mark Blackwood, 8 September 2015

Between 2008 and 2013, an estimated 483,000 elderly and disabled people either lost their care support, or are no longer eligible.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.

UK Terrorism Act used to prevent British Library obtaining unique historic archive

By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2015

The decision by the British Library demonstrates the extent to which the “anti-terrorism” laws are being used to curtail academic and intellectual freedom.

Depth of UK welfare cuts revealed in Sheffield case study

By Simon Whelan, 7 September 2015

The cuts documented by the Sheffield research, when fully implemented nationwide, will slash £19 billion from welfare.

Britain: The plight of patients and workers in the Adult Social Care service

By Mark Blackwood, 7 September 2015

Between 2008 and 2013, an estimated 483,000 elderly and disabled people either lost their care support, or are no longer eligible.

Britain’s pseudo-left line up behind Corbyn Labour leadership bid

By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2015

The pseudo-left groups are backing the campaign of Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to revive support for Labour and present this right-wing party as an agent of social reform.

Power sharing in Northern Ireland threatened with collapse

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2015

Both the Republican and Unionist parties consider the encouragement and manipulation of divisions essential in facilitating the intensification of their assault on workers.

UK government to override local consultation in drive for fracking

By Trevor Johnson, 4 September 2015

A decision to allow exploration and drilling for gas in the North Yorkshire Moors shows how conditions have been transformed to favour fracking corporations.

UK government pursuing vicious anti-immigrant response to migrant crisis

By Tom Pearse, 2 September 2015

Official policy of the Conservative government is focused on whipping up nationalist anti-immigrant sentiment and echoes that long associated with far right-wing forces.