Statement by the Socialist Equality Party, 23 March 2018
The agreement between the 12 unions covering workers in the National Health Service was finalised behind the membership’s backs with the Guardian reporting negotiations were carried out “in conditions of strict secrecy.”
By Chris Marsden, 22 March 2018
Tuesday was the day the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats and their families, while May chaired a session of the national security council to discuss further actions against Russia.
By Margot Miller, 22 March 2018
Local councils, many Labour-run, have responded to rapacious funding cuts from central government by privatising services, selling off remaining council stock and facilitating highly profitable deals with developers.
By Chris Marsden, 21 March 2018
Struck against the background of demands for action against Russia, the agreement gave expression to rising antagonisms between the UK and its European rivals.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference and that’s how those in power view many in our society”
By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2018
In this interview, local resident Joe Delaney speaks about his initial involvement in tenants housing issues in North Kensington and the Grenfell Action Group, his thoughts on the Grenfell fire and the official public inquiry.
By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2018
The Skripal affair has been used by the UK and powerful voices within the US political and military establishment to push the two major European states away from Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 19 March 2018
NATO authorities issued a barrage of political and military threats at Russia, a nuclear-armed power, without providing any evidence for their allegations.
By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2018
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s cautioning against a “rush to judgement” in the alleged poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal has prompted frenzied media denunciations.
By Alex Lantier, 19 March 2018
Scientists have repeatedly questioned the existence of the ‘novichok’ poison which London is claiming, without providing evidence, that Russia used to poison Skripal.
By Chris Marsden, 17 March 2018
The campaign by the imperialist powers in Europe and the United States over the poisoning of former Russian spy and British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter stinks to high heaven.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2018
From its formation, the UCU Left pledged to work with the right wing within the UCU leadership, and has served to suppress opposition and bolster the authority of the unions.
By our reporters, 17 March 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to striking lecturers and students on picket lines and at rallies Thursday and Friday in London and Glasgow.
The UK lecturers strike and the struggle against marketisation
By Thomas Scripps, 16 March 2018
The collective endeavour of learning is being replaced by a purely financial and adversarial relationship between universities and students and the academic workforce.
By Chris Marsden, 15 March 2018
May is leading an international offensive to reinforce demands for action against Russia, up to and including a military response, working in close collaboration with the US.
By Robert Stevens, 15 March 2018
From the beginning of the dispute, the SEP has insisted that the UCU is not an organisation fighting in the interests of workers. It is a tool of management and, as with all the unions, cannot be reformed through rank and file pressure.
By our reporters, 15 March 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with striking lecturers yesterday in London, Manchester and Sheffield.
By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2018
As London and NATO concoct a case for war against Russia based on allegations that Moscow poisoned Sergei Skripal, certain elementary questions must be asked.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2018
Thousands protested nationally and hundreds of lecturers lobbied outside the union’s headquarters in London Tuesday to demand rejection of a deal reached the previous evening.
“I’m delighted with the voices of solidarity from West Virginia”
By our reporters, 14 March 2018
Members of the IYSSE spoke to students and striking lecturers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland about the issues in the lecturers’ struggle.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2018
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is engaged in a high-stakes effort to turn the tide internationally towards stepped-up conflict with Russia, up to and including a military confrontation.
Striking UK lecturers speak out to denounce attempted UCU sell-out: “I’d like to see the membership taking control more as it has done today”
By our reporters, 14 March 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters interviewed striking lecturers at an all-day protest of several hundred lecturers, students and university workers outside UCU’s headquarters in North London.
“It’s certainly not going to shut me up”
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to north Kensington resident Joe Delaney about the recent attack on him by the Sunday Times.
By Laura Tiernan, 13 March 2018
May’s speech follows a wave of anti-Russia hysteria unleashed by the media, political and military establishment, including the mobilisation of 180 military personnel in the cathedral city of Salisbury.
By Laura Tiernan, 13 March 2018
Once again, the Corbynites have adopted policy positions associated with the pro-war majority that dominates the Parliamentary Labour Party.
By Dennis Moore, 13 March 2018
In 2015, the UK government withheld £132 million from claimants in the form of sanctions.
By Liz Smith, 12 March 2018
That so many are in poverty is a result of the unions’ refusal to oppose successive governments’ austerity and pay freeze agendas.
By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2018
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after allegedly being exposed to what has been described only as a “nerve agent.”
By Richard Tyler, 10 March 2018
The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.
By Julie Hyland, 9 March 2018
Far from marking a breach in the bureaucratic apparatus, the contest between two supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn underscores the anti-democratic, right-wing character of Labour.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 8 March 2018
A fight to build solidarity between lecturers and students involves a political struggle against the University and College Union, National Union of Students and other false leaderships.
By Robert Stevens, 8 March 2018
Sergei Skripal is a former colonel in Russia’s GRU, the military intelligence service. He spent four years in jail in Russia after being found guilty in 2006 of passing secrets to the British MI6.
By our reporters, 7 March 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week’s four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
By Simon Whelan, 7 March 2018
Research reveals that in 2014 British millennials earned 13 percent less than those born in and around 1970 at the same stage in life.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2018
Airwars estimated that the number of civilians killed last year by the US-led coalition against IS was between 11,000 and 18,000.
By Chris Marsden, 3 March 2018
Despite her conciliatory tone, May failed to meet EU demands to flesh out what her government means by “ambitious managed diversion.”
By our reporters, 1 March 2018
The rally followed the previous day’s talks during which the union signalled its intention to capitulate by offering further concessions over pensions.
By Thomas Scripps, 1 March 2018
The attack on university lecturers is one element in a far advanced programme aimed at the destruction of higher education as it has been known for decades.
By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2018
Corbyn’s speech expresses the role that would be played by any future Labour government, under conditions where a deepening Tory crisis could hasten a general election.
By our reporters, 28 February 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to lecturers, other university staff and students at picket lines and rallies around the UK on Monday and Tuesday.
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 28 February 2018
The accusation should be met with contempt by the thousands of residents who know Delaney, and all those in the UK and internationally who have solidarized with the Grenfell victims.
By Richard Tyler, 27 February 2018
No record of independent testing of the cladding/insulation system has been found by three separate investigations into the Grenfell fire.
By Barry Mason, 27 February 2018
Living on the streets is a very precarious existence, reducing life expectancy to 47 years compared to 81 years for the average person in the UK.
By our reporters, 26 February 2018
The owners of the Citiscape apartments in south London, Proxima GR Properties, are trying to force leaseholders to pay at least £2 million for replacing unsafe cladding.
“We will not eat until we are free”
By Laura Tiernan, 26 February 2018
The mainly women detainees are demanding an end to indefinite detention, describing “systematic torture” by the Home Office and the private security firm, Serco.
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2018
In contrast to the stand by lecturers and students, the University and College Union has insisted that the strikes give way as soon as possible to resumed negotiations.
By our reporters, 24 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK.
By Thomas Scripps, 24 February 2018
At the center of discussions is the introduction of market-based pricing for degree courses, based on likely graduate earnings.
“This is a political attack”
By our reporters, 23 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK during yesterday’s national strike by lecturers against attacks on their pensions.
By Laura Tiernan, 22 February 2018
The privileged advocates of identity politics at the BBC are not remotely interested in the problems faced by most women in the workforce.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 February 2018
The following is being distributed among lecturers and students at today’s national strike in the UK against attacks on lecturers’ pensions.
By Steve James, 21 February 2018
The dispute between all the parties centres primarily at this stage not on language, but on Brexit and the status of Northern Ireland’s border with the Irish Republic.
By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2018
This latest offensive by the Tory Party and media follows threats by senior military figures that Corbyn must not be allowed to form a government.
By Danny Richardson, 20 February 2018
Sheffield and its surrounding area was previously a major steel producing region with Amazon building its “Fulfilment Centres” in the South Yorkshire area on shuttered steel plants.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 February 2018
UCL honorary senior lecturer James Thompson is obsessed almost solely with genetic differences in intelligence across genders, countries and ethnicities.
Grenfell Fire Forum: Failed by the State co-director discusses smear campaign against his documentary
By our reporter, 19 February 2018
After a lively discussion on issues raised by the film, the Grenfell Fire Forum passed a resolution opposing the attack on it by the corporate media.
By Margot Miller, 17 February 2018
According to the McKinsey Global Institute, five million people are employed, either full or part-time, for courier firms, minicab apps such as Uber or takeaways such as Deliveroo.
By Peter Reydt, 16 February 2018
Year after year, there are reports documenting the fact that UK prisons are hellholes unfit to hold human beings.
Failed by the State co-writer and presenter Ish: “I wasn’t trying to push agendas, I was just trying to tell the truth about Grenfell.”
By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Ish about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.
By Julie Hyland, 15 February 2018
May spoke almost 40 years after Thatcher vowed to “roll back the tide of socialism,” and more than 25 years since the liquidation of the Soviet Union was hailed as proof of the triumph of capitalism.
Failed by the State co-director Daniel Renwick: “Every day I meet people who have been politicised and have a deeper consciousness”
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Daniel Renwick about the making of Failed by the State, a documentary on the Grenfell fire, and the attack launched against it by the Daily Beast and right-wing newspapers in Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2018
The attack on the documentary is part of a broader offensive by the ruling elite and its media, which are attempting to portray all expressions of political and social dissent as “fake news” being spread by the Putin regime in Russia.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2018
Lawyers for Assange argued the warrant should be revoked because Sweden dropped its extradition warrant last year and that arresting him was no longer “proportionate” or “in the public interest.”
By Steve James, 14 February 2018
Invited to speak at the University of the West of England, Rees-Mogg faced a small protest—the fallout from which has placed the spotlight on his following among fascists.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2018
The UK remains determined to arrest journalist Julian Assange, who is trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in relation to trumped-up “sexual assault” charges.
John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) taken down for a week
By Dennis Moore, 13 February 2018
The removal of Hylas and the Nymphs was never about a “conversation,” as gallery official claimed, it was an open act of censorship. Hundreds of visitors left notes expressing concern. The gallery’s website registered 1,000 comments.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 February 2018
London’s Labour-controlled boroughs are a battleground because council estates and social housing exist side by side with some of the most expensive property in the country.
By Benjamin Trent, 12 February 2018
Such is the crisis that the Royal College of Nursing estimates there are now 40,000 vacant nursing positions in the health service.
By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 10 February 2018
WSWS reporters recently spoke to rough sleepers on the streets of Manchester in north west England.
UK: Pro-Corbyn councillors vote with Blairites against scrapping Haringey Council’s social cleansing project
By Paul Mitchell, 10 February 2018
Labour councillors, backed by Momentum, refused to back a motion that would have brought an end to the UK’s most infamous handover of council assets.
By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2018
The crisis facing councils is an indictment of the austerity, privatisation and outsourcing that has been the policy of successive central governments and local authorities.
By Chris Marsden, 9 February 2018
Corbyn addressed the audience of Labour councillors imposing cuts that have devastated vital social services as if they were passionate seekers after a new socialist dawn.
By Julie Hyland, 9 February 2018
The Haringey Development Vehicle mass privatisation project epitomises the transformation of the Labour Party into a political adjunct of big business and the corporate elite.
By Margot Miller, 8 February 2018
The High Court judges agreed with Love’s legal team that, on medical grounds, he should be tried in the UK, not the US.
By Julie Hyland, 8 February 2018
Haringey Council leader Claire Kober has received the support of over 70 leaders of Labour councils nationally who are all enforcing Tory spending cuts.
By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2018
Osborne’s radicalisation ended with him establishing connections to fascist groups, but it was prepared by a more general climate of political reaction.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 February 2018
The US tied May’s hands, leading to her refusal to sign a memorandum of understanding officially endorsing China's Belt and Road Initiative.
By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2018
Even on essential safety issues like fire prevention, the Hackitt report considers it too great an imposition on landlords to demand, in law, that they carry out basic improvements such as fitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks.
As thousands demonstrate in London in defence of health care
By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2018
Corbyn and his pseudo-left backers are using the prospect of a Labour government reversing the attacks on the NHS to suppress any mobilisation of the working class.
“The Conservatives don’t care how many people die so long as they line their pockets”
By our reporters, 5 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s demonstration in London to defend the NHS.
By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2018
Several members of the audience demanded that those responsible for “social murder” be arrested and sent to jail.
By NHS FightBack, 3 February 2018
The following statement by NHS FightBack is being distributed today at marches and rallies in defence of the National Health Service in London and other towns and cities.
By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met privately with the leaders of the major employers’ organisations, including the Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Business to discuss Brexit.
By Julie Hyland, 2 February 2018
Haringey’s Labour-run council is mounting one of the largest privatisation and social cleansing operations in London
By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2018
The moves to challenge the Parole Board’s January 4 decision have implications for legal norms and due process.
London Conference on Intelligence exposes link between academic promotion of eugenics and Conservative right
By Thomas Scripps, 31 January 2018
Held last May at the prestigious University College London (UCL), the London Conference on Intelligence was organised and hosted by honorary UCL Professor James Thompson.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 January 2018
The government’s proposals, introduced at the behest of the private sector, are an import from the American public-private healthcare system.
By Paul Mitchell, 30 January 2018
The season begins with the Suez crisis in 1956 and ends in 1963 with the Soviet spy scare centred on War Minister John Profumo.
By Chris Marsden, 29 January 2018
The policy of the Labour right wing is to extract maximum concessions from Corbyn—especially regarding Labour’s stance on Brexit.
UK Defence Secretary accuses Russia of planning to kill “thousands and thousands and thousands” of Britons
By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2018
Williamson’s comments come just days after the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces declared that Britain must actively prepare for war with Russia.
By Margot Miller, 27 January 2018
The clinicians, with a combined four decades of experience, said Assange's "continued confinement" is "a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare.”
By Julie Hyland, 26 January 2018
With UKIP’s collapse likely, former leader Nigel Farage has been in talks with multi-millionaire Arron Banks on the formation of a new movement.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2018
The statement by General Sir Nick Carter of the “need” to project land warfare capability up to 2,000 km is a direct threat to Russia with a horrifying historical parallel.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra terminates employment of Charles Dutoit over allegations of sexual misconduct
By Paul Bond, 25 January 2018
The temporary removal of Dutoit from his post was originally justified on the grounds of freeing him up for a legal defence, but the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has now abandoned this pretext.
By Margot Miller, 24 January 2018
The UK redundancies are part of a European-wide offensive against jobs and wages.
By Barry Mason, 23 January 2018
Proxima GR Properties are refusing to meet the costs of replacing the flammable cladding—in violation of Landlord and Tenant Law—or even the costs of providing the fire safety warden service.
By Robert Stevens, 22 January 2018
A Sky News investigation revealed that Carillion’s debts and pension liabilities were almost double the amount initially cited.
By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2018
The summit aimed to boost UK-French cooperation despite the crisis in NATO caused by the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s exit from the European Union.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2018
Accompanied by lifting the cap on tuition fees and selling off of student debt to private holders, the Office for Students is set to complete the basic framework for the wholesale privatisation of higher education.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 January 2018
In the wake of Carillion’s collapse, 14 hospital trusts have had to trigger emergency plans, with six deploying additional staff to maintain essential services.
By Robert Stevens, 19 January 2018
The gentrification plans involve the construction of around 1,000 new luxury homes that are unaffordable to the local working class population.