Britain

The Grenfell Fire: Vigil held for five-year-old victim

By Robert Stevens, 25 July 2017

Family, friends and local residents gathered to mourn five-year-old Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on Grenfell’s 18th floor and was found dead on the 13th floor.

Grenfell residents correct to warn of social cleansing agenda

UK: Kensington and Chelsea Council struck deals to avoid building affordable housing

By Julie Hyland, 25 July 2017

Research by the BBC confirms the council has connived with construction firms and property companies to displace working class families from the borough.

May government conceals UK-Saudi terror connections

By Jean Shaoul, 25 July 2017

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states play a vital role in funding Islamist groups that provide essential proxy forces for the imperialist powers in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

IMF global outlook downgrades US growth prospects

By Nick Beams, 25 July 2017

A decade after the global financial crisis, growth rates remain well below the levels of 2008, with no sign of a return to the previous levels in the future.

Grenfell fire: social cleansing by London councils widespread

By Julie Hyland, 24 July 2017

Formerly socially owned and essential assets have been transferred wholesale to major corporations and hedge funds, jeopardising the lives of working people.

Brexit crisis tearing apart UK’s Conservative Party

By Chris Marsden, 22 July 2017

The political turmoil and economic dislocation surrounding Brexit has dramatically undermined the authority of Britain’s rulers, not only in Brussels but also in the eyes of millions of workers.

Residents in Bradford, England: “We are all affected by what has happened at Grenfell”

By Liz Smith, 22 July 2017

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in Bradford about the Grenfell fire.

Mixed fleet cabin crew continue strike against British Airways

By Ross Mitchell, 22 July 2017

Unite is seeking to divert the struggle of cabin crew into the dead end of legal appeals against BA’s actions and are insisting strikers put their faith in appeals to Members of Parliament.

UK public meetings:

Grenfell Fire—Social Murder: A crime against the working class

21 July 2017

The Socialist Equality Party urges all workers and youth, including survivors of the Grenfell fire and local residents, to attend our public meetings and discuss the central issues involved in this capitalist crime against the working class.

Council condemned for “disgusting” treatment of Grenfell fire survivors

By Paul Mitchell, 21 July 2017

A heavy police and security guard presence was mobilised outside and inside the town hall to ensure that as few survivors as possible would be able to enter.

Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”

By our reporters, 21 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.

Angry Grenfell survivors and residents berate London police and council officials

By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2017

Local residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno denounced police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council as “liars” working for “rich folks.”

High Court approves UK government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia

By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2017

The High Court has given carte blanche to Prime Minister Theresa May to flout international law and aid in war crimes.

Labour shadow chancellor says Grenfell Tower fire is “social murder”: What is he going to do about it?

By Chris Marsden, 19 July 2017

Workers should ask John McDonnell, who says the guilty parties should be punished for Grenfell, what he and Labour are doing about it.

“This is a crime of capitalism against the working class”

Residents denounce inequality at fundraising event for Grenfell Tower victims

By our reporters, 19 July 2017

People attending the local fundraising event in West London for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) members threatened and excluded from Grenfell Tower fundraiser

By our reporters, 19 July 2017

SEP members were barred from a fundraising event for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which was being held in a public area near the burnt-out tower.

UK contaminated blood scandal has global dimensions

By Barry Mason, 17 July 2017

The 2,400 who died in the UK are among the tens of thousands impacted worldwide due to profiteering from the sale of infected blood.

The Grenfell fire: Class politics versus identity politics

By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 17 July 2017

Within hours of the fire, and with only a small number of the dead identified, major efforts were already underway to make racism the central issue in the tragedy.

Anger grows over failure to prosecute those responsible for Grenfell Tower inferno

By Chris Marsden, 15 July 2017

Despite a mountain of evidence of criminal wrongdoing by politicians and business leaders, no one has been charged in connection with the fire that killed at least 80.

New strikes in the UK against Driver Only Operated trains

By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2017

Recent talks have enabled Southern, Northern and Merseyrail management to escalate strikebreaking plans and impose regimes of intimidation.

Thames Water workers speak:

Privatisation contributed to Grenfell Tower inferno

By Paul Mitchell, 14 July 2017

A former Thames Water worker told the WSWS that the company is seeking to deflect inquiries into a policy of reducing water pressure to cut down leakage from water mains.

Most Grenfell survivors remain homeless a month after inferno

By Margot Miller, 13 July 2017

The failure to provide emergency rehousing for just 158 families, in one of the richest cities in the world, reveals the callous indifference of the ruling elite to the suffering of the fire victims.

All-party pro-European Union group formed by UK Labour’s Chuka Umunna

By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2017

The formation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on European Union Relations comes prior to the moving of the Great Repeal Bill concerning Britain's exit from the European Union.

London police drag out Grenfell Tower fire investigation

By Robert Stevens, 12 July 2017

Fully one month after the fire, not a single person has been arrested or charged for what is the corporate manslaughter of at least 80 people.

Fire guts London’s Camden Lock Market

By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2017

The fire raged for three hours and destroyed around 30 percent of the first, second, and third floors.

UK National Health Service destruction continues with mass land sell-off

By Dennis Moore, 11 July 2017

With NHS trusts being forced to rush through the sale of assets, the only beneficiaries will be those who are buying, including property speculators.

Resignations at UK Shelter housing charity, after Grenfell exposes role of “Third Sector”

By Julie Hyland, 10 July 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire has laid bare the impact of decades of free market policies, deregulation and cuts in public spending initiated by Thatcher and continued by every subsequent government.

Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”

By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.

London’s Grenfell fire: Salford housing associations discontinue cladding removal

By our reporters, 8 July 2017

Three housing associations, Salix, City West Housing Trust and Pendlebury, together run the 29 tower blocks whose cladding failed fire safety tests.

Haringey social cleansing exposes Labour’s hypocrisy over Grenfell Tower fire

By Paul Mitchell, 8 July 2017

Labour is just as guilty as the Tories of imposing austerity and implementing social cleansing—especially of London’s council estates and social housing.

“The glamour of the job is just a mask”

British Airways crew members defy strikebreaking operation

By Ross Mitchell, 7 July 2017

Prior to the strike, the union drafted up a "final compromise position" behind the backs of its members, which has not been made public.

UK Labour leader Corbyn appoints opponents to cabinet as Blairite right wing continue to plot

By Julie Hyland, 6 July 2017

Labour’s right wing is bitterly hostile to any perceived change in course away from austerity, lest it encourage more wide-reaching demands for wealth redistribution at the expense of the rich.

London residents on the Grenfell fire: “All they want to do is maximise their profits”

By our reporters, 6 July 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.

London residents on Grenfell fire: “Heads have got to roll!”

By our reporters, 5 July 2017

Residents at Lancaster West spoke about the tragedy, their disbelief in the official death toll, and the conditions workers throughout the area have faced since the deadly inferno.

UN endorses International Court of Justice hearing on Chagos Islands/Diego Garcia

By Jean Shaoul, 5 July 2017

The UN resolution concerns one of the most disgraceful incidents in post-war British colonial history.

Three weeks after the Grenfell inferno: Official cover-up and callous indifference

By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2017

The period since the fire has underscored the ruling elite’s contempt for the traumatised survivors and the working class as a whole.

Defence Minister says Britain will back any US action in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2017

The UK is already up to its neck in the US-led operation to topple the Assad regime, including covert and illegal military operations on the ground.

“There are people who died in there—and they’re not telling us who they are.”

Anger grows over Grenfell Tower inferno

By our reporters, 4 July 2017

Residents of the Lancaster West housing estate near Grenfell Tower talked to the World Socialist Web Site about the June 14 fire in London.

“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”

Anti-austerity protestors speak on the Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.

Wages continue to plummet in the UK, as inflation rises

By Barry Mason, 3 July 2017

The impact of years of wage cuts was revealed in a trade union survey of 6,500 workers, which found that two out of five of those surveyed said they were unable to save any money.

Cyberattack on UK parliament stokes anti-Russia campaign

By Paul Mitchell, 3 July 2017

The drive to confront Russia has taken on added urgency since the humiliating defeat for the US when Syrian government forces recaptured Aleppo.

Barclays PLC charged with fraud by UK Serious Fraud Office

By Jean Shaoul, 1 July 2017

The prosecution has nothing to do with the criminal and reckless banking behaviour that precipitated the crash, but instead relates to Barclays’ rescue

Report: UK low-income families cannot afford basic requirements to live

By Alice Summers, 1 July 2017

A survey reveals that many poor families, with stagnating incomes and record levels of personal debt, are unable to afford basics such as food, beds or refrigerators.

Manchester Metropolitan University staff oppose site closure, redundancies

By Margot Miller, 1 July 2017

University bosses plan to shut the Crewe campus, threatening 370 jobs, on the grounds that it is “no longer academically or financially sustainable.”

May government’s legislative agenda scrapes through UK parliament

By Julie Hyland, 30 June 2017

May’s tawdry, anti-democratic arrangements with the ultra-right loyalist Democratic Unionist Party enabled her government to press ahead with its attacks on the working class.

Criminal prosecutions finally brought 28 years after 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough stadium

By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2017

While these long overdue prosecutions are welcome, it has been so long since the terrible crime was committed that many of the guilty figures are either dead or nearing the end of life.

Timeline of the Hillsborough disaster and cover-up as it unfolded

By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2017

April 15, 1989

Two weeks after London’s Grenfell Tower inferno, real death toll still concealed by Tory government

By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2017

As with the victims of their policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere, those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire are looked upon by the ruling class as “collateral damage.”

What drove Darren Osborne to commit the London anti-Muslim terrorist attack?

By Richard Tyler, 29 June 2017

The acres of press coverage of this disturbing attack do not provide any serious explanation as to why a man with no evident background of racism would suddenly commit such a heinous crime.

British PM agrees to £1 billion deal for Democratic Unionist Party’s support

By Julie Hyland, 28 June 2017

The priority for UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to ensure passage of the required Brexit legislation through parliament before the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019.

"The rich want families with low income out”

On-the-spot report from London: Residents speak on Grenfell fire

By our reporters, 28 June 2017

Residents near the burnt-out Grenfell Tower spoke about the gaping social divide in London and the responsibility of the Tories and Labourites for this horrific loss of life.

London’s Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council: A residents’ association for the rich

By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2017

The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, despite being nominally a tenants’ organisation, has served the Conservative council’s broader objectives.

On-the-spot report from London:

Residents in Camden speak about Grenfell fire and their evacuation due to fire risk

By our reporters, 27 June 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.

The political implications of the Grenfell Tower fire

By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2017

The staggering loss of life epitomises the devastation capitalism has wrought on generations of working people. It is the outcome of a vast and ongoing transfer of society’s wealth from the poor to the rich.

Part 2: The reactionary origins of the incoming National Union of Students executive

By Stephen Alexander, 27 June 2017

The following is the second of a two-part series on the political issues behind the election of Labour’s Shakira Martin as NUS president.

Hundreds of thousands in UK face same fire risk as Grenfell Tower victims

By Robert Stevens, 26 June 2017

Of the UK’s 4,000 tower blocks, 600 have been selected for testing, due to the use of unsafe building materials.

UK: Camden residents speak of ill treatment during tower block evacuation

By our reporters, 26 June 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to some of the thousands of Camden residents, who were evacuated because their tower blocks are unsafe.

Part 1: The reactionary origins of Britain’s incoming National Union of Students executive

By Stephen Alexander, 26 June 2017

The following is the first of a two-part series on the political issues behind the election of Labour’s Shakira Martin as NUS President.

Boris Johnson and the Grenfell Tower inferno

By Julie Hyland, 24 June 2017

As London mayor, Johnson forced through massive cuts in the London Fire Brigade budget despite repeated warnings that they would cost lives.

UK: Sheffield Jobcentre workers continue fight against job losses and relocation

By Danny Richardson, 24 June 2017

The dispute centres on a national plan to close more than 1 in 10 Jobcentres around the UK, with the loss of up to 750 jobs.

UK: Conservatives seek toxic alliance with Democratic Unionist Party

By Steve James, 24 June 2017

The DUP’s current policy is to extract as many concessions as possible to offset the catastrophic economic impact of Brexit, while maintaining Northern Ireland’s position in the UK.

After Grenfell Tower fire:

May government admits hundreds more UK tower blocks potentially clad in combustible material

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2017

With the final death toll from the inferno still unknown, the Conservative government has called a public inquiry as part of efforts to conceal its complicity in the disaster.

Weakened May government sets out plans for hard UK exit from the European Union

By Julie Hyland, 22 June 2017

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May set out her government’s legislative agenda yesterday in the Queen’s Speech, which was widely acknowledged to be her first and last one.

Grenfell Tower fire victims and survivors treated with contempt by UK authorities

By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2017

The government’s “Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund,” which totals a pitiful £5 million, stands in stark contrast to the £369 million worth of repairs to Buckingham Palace.

UK’s Daily Mail tries to scapegoat resident for Grenfell Tower inferno

By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017

Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.

UK government deregulation led to Grenfell Tower inferno

By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2017

For almost 40 years, the assault on health and safety regulations has gone hand in glove with Margaret Thatcher’s notorious dictum that there is “no such thing as society.”

Exit talks begin between UK and European Union

By Chris Marsden, 20 June 2017

Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and Michel Bernier of the European Union launched negotiations Monday on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade bloc.

Fourth terror attack in UK since March targets Muslims

By Julie Hyland, 20 June 2017

In travelling from Cardiff to London to mount an attack on Muslims, Darren Osborne was taking state-sanctioned Islamophobia to its logical, murderous conclusion.

“We cannot brush this under the table, some heads have to roll”

London residents speak on Grenfell Tower fire

By our reporters, 20 June 2017

London residents and people living in housing nearby Grenfell Tower speak about the horrifying fire that has killed at least 79 residents, and the economic and political decisions that allowed it to happen.

London protests demand “Justice for Grenfell!”

By our reporters, 19 June 2017

Hundreds gathered outside Kensington Town Hall, while thousands more marched on the government district of Whitehall.

On-the-spot report

From the scene of the deadly London fire: “They’re putting money before lives”

By Alice Summers and reporters, 19 June 2017

Hundreds came to the site from across London throughout the day to pay their respects to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and to offer assistance to the community’s own relief efforts.

Social inequality and the Grenfell Tower inferno

By Chris Marsden, 19 June 2017

Thousands have met Prime Minister May’s promise to hold a public inquiry with denunciations of yet another cover-up, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives his full support.

Corporate mass murder in London

By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2017

Thousands protested in London Friday to demand justice and the punishment of those responsible for mass murder in the worst housing fire in modern British history.

The Guardian’s Owen Jones: A political health warning

By Julie Hyland, 17 June 2017

Guardian journalist Owen Jones, who spent much of the last year preparing for yet another leadership challenge against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, is now singing another tune.

UK: May forced to call public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2017

With many people still to be accounted for from a building that was home to between 500 and 600 people, London’s Metropolitan Police announced that the death toll from Wednesday’s fire had reached 17.

London’s Grenfell Tower inferno: A crime against the working class

By Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017

The catastrophic fire broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday, on the second floor of 24-storey council flats in Kensington, West London that were home to an estimated 500 people.

Grenfell Tower residents warn: “People have had enough”

By our reporters, 15 June 2017

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents about the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower Wednesday morning.

In Paris talks with British prime minister May

French President Macron holds out prospect of canceling Brexit

By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2017

A bitter struggle over influence and alliances is unfolding between the imperialist powers, amid growing hostility to Washington on the part of Paris and Berlin.

After election setback, UK Conservatives close to agreement with Democratic Unionist Party

By Robert Stevens, 14 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May only remains in place largely because the Tories believe removing her would cause further political instability, prompting a general election which they would almost certainly lose to Labour.

UK food bank usage at record high

By Alice Summers, 14 June 2017

While a record 1.2 million food parcels were handed out this year by the Trussell Trust, research reveals that true food bank usage is much higher.

The Guardian’s Paul Mason advises Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn on how to prepare for government

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 13 June 2017

Mason’s pro-war advice to Corbyn includes beginning a “strategic defence and security review” that takes particular account of “Russian diplomatic brinkmanship.”

UK Prime Minister May seeks alliance with Democratic Unionist Party to forestall a second general election

By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2017

May called last week’s election to secure a substantial increase to the Tories’ slim 17-seat majority, but lost 13 seats and ended with a hung parliament.

UK: Blairite challenges Unite union leadership election result

By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2017

The aim of the Blairites is to take control of the union and remove substantial financial backing from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Britain’s general election: A new stage in the class struggle

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 10 June 2017

To those now inclined to accept the portrayal of Corbyn by pseudo-left groups in Britain as the natural leader of the working class, we say: Remember Alexis Tsipras and Syriza.

British general election delivers seismic political shock

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 June 2017

Though the election result in part reflected concern over May’s hard Brexit strategy, the overwhelming issue was hostility to Tory austerity measures.

UK election dominated by growing threat of state repression

By Chris Marsden, 8 June 2017

The Tories have used the terrorist outrages in Manchester and London to shift the general election narrative onto charges that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a threat to national security.

Bernie Sanders declares his support for Jeremy Corbyn

By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2017

Sanders, who in the 2016 US election sought to channel popular opposition to capitalism back into the Democratic Party, hopes Corbyn will play a similar role for the Labour Party.

Britain’s crisis election and the tasks facing the working class

By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2017

Britain is being destabilised economically, politically and socially as world capitalism descends into its deepest crisis since the end of World War II.

London terror suspects were known to police

By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2017

As evidence continued to mount that the attackers received some degree of state protection, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced Prime Minister Theresa May for having allowed “cuts in police numbers.”

UK unions suppress strikes for duration of general election campaign

By Margot Miller, 6 June 2017

The unions have performed this service on behalf of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wants no association with actual struggles of the working class.

Official account of London terror attack unravels

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 5 June 2017

Within 24 hours of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, the official narrative presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun to fall apart.

UK security services knew of Manchester suicide bomber’s ISIS connections

By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2017

Salman Abedi was in contact with a Libyan Islamic State (IS) battalion whose members were involved in planning the 2015 Bataclan nightclub attack.

UK: Attack on NHS would continue under Labour government

By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2017

Labour has made no commitment to reversing £20 billion in NHS cuts imposed by Conservative-led governments so far, or ending them.

The issues of political principle in the UK general election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 2 June 2017

With its call for a vote for Labour in the General Election, Britain’s pseudo-left wants the working class to forget the historical experiences it has made with this party.

Police claim Manchester suicide bomber was a “lone wolf” after all

By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2017

Salman Abedi was allowed to “slip through the net” because he was a protected asset of the security services.

As Tories slip in the polls, British media goes on the offensive against Corbyn

By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2017

The televised questioning of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was an exercise in opinion-forming on behalf of Britain’s ruling elite.

UK: Green Party stands aside for pro-European Union candidates

By Steve James, 31 May 2017

The Green manifesto exposes their role as an instrument of the most pro-European Union factions of the British ruling class.

UK and US mount damage control operation over Manchester bombing

By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2017

Amid revelations that suicide bomber Salmand Abedi was closely monitored by British intelligence, MI5 has launched an investigation into its latest “intelligence failure.”

What did the UK government know?

British intelligence received warnings that Manchester bomber was plotting attacks

By Laura Tiernan, 29 May 2017

The suicide bomber was allowed to move around the globe without hindrance, despite British intelligence receiving information that he was planning to assassinate a political figure.

As Labour rises in UK polls, Blairite breakaway party plans gather pace

By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2017

Ahead of the June 8 snap general election, former Labour Party leader Tony Blair and his supporters are brazenly advancing plans to establish a new right-wing political formation.