What did the UK government know?
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.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2017
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gave his response to the Manchester suicide bombing yesterday, amid the further unravelling of the government’s narrative of the attack.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2017
Former senior RBS executives have never had to make a public account of the events leading up to the bank’s collapse in 2008, when it was rescued by then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2017
There is no innocent explanation for the fact that the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was able to travel to Libya, Syria, Turkey and the UK without interference.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2017
The new alliance seeks a political realignment around opposition to Britain leaving the European Union.
By Julie Hyland, 25 May 2017
It took less than 24 hours for Prime Minister May’s claim that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi was known to British intelligence only “up to a point” to be exposed as a lie.
By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2017
The backlash came as a huge shock, not only for the Tories but for the media as well.
By Chris Marsden, 24 May 2017
It has already been confirmed that the suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, was known to security services but supposedly not considered a threat.
By our reporters, 23 May 2017
The carnage and terror occurred barely 17 days before Britain votes in the snap June 8 national election.
By Margot Miller, 23 May 2017
Wages for British workers are lower than before the 2008 financial crash and are expected to be almost £1,000 a year lower in 2017 in real terms than previous forecasts.
By Robert Stevens, 22 May 2017
The commitment to Britain’s exit from the European Union is a pledge to proceed with intensified attacks on the working class.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)
22 May 2017
The following is a statement by the Socialist Equality Party in Britain on the central issues facing the working class in the June 8 general election.
By Barry Mason, 20 May 2017
The UK government is seeking to implement policies that would, as one commentator put it, “effectively make strong and unbreakable encryption illegal.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s infinite malleability is essential to the Labour “left” in providing the necessary window dressing to sell to the working class a party of big business, militarism and war.
“It’s sheer slavery”
By our reporters, 19 May 2017
Amazon’s warehousing operations have become a byword for ultra-high levels of exploitation of a largely minimum wage workforce, who carry out highly demanding physical work.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
19 May 2017
The Socialist Equality Party in Britain is holding a series of public meetings on the essential issues facing the working class and young people in the June 8 General Election.
By Laura Tiernan, 17 May 2017
The Labour shadow foreign secretary used her appearance Sunday on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” to declare that party leader Jeremy Corbyn had repudiated his previous opposition to NATO.
By Tom Pearce, 16 May 2017
While the NUT continues to oppose action, other education unions, including the NASUWT, are equally concerned about preventing strikes.
By Simon Whelan, 15 May 2017
The UK’s richest 1,000 residents had their collective wealth increase by a staggering 14 percent over the past year, to a record £658 billion.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 May 2017
The Tate’s workforce earns on average £24,000, significantly less than the national median of £27,600, which means poverty wages in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2017
Labour’s manifesto has been agreed by the party’s leading figures, including the nominally left Corbyn and his right-wing critics, because it contains all the main demands of the Blairites.
By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2017
Labour proposes to fund its spending by an increase in Corporation Tax, asking “large corporations to pay a little more while still keeping UK corporation tax among the lowest of the major economies.”
By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2017
A sharp reduction in life expectancy is boosting the “financial health” of UK companies involved in “defined benefit” pension schemes.
By Robert Stevens, 12 May 2017
Mason claims that the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron has given “French democracy, Europeanism and globalism another chance.”
By Paul Mitchell, 11 May 2017
The Stoltenberg-May talks confirm that behind the official reasons given for the calling of a snap general election, one of its central aims is to further the UK’s war agenda in alliance with US imperialism.
By Alice Summers, 10 May 2017
Since the Brexit referendum, economic growth has declined more than expected, inflation is rising and real wages are falling.
By Barry Mason, 9 May 2017
According to the Debt Support Trust charity, nearly half of people struggling with debt in the UK have considered suicide to resolve their situation.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2017
World Socialist Web Site writer Jean Shaoul responds to a series of questions posed by a student journalist regarding the Socialist Equality Party’s NHS FightBack campaign.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2017
The ruling Conservatives were the main beneficiaries from the low turnout, making significant gains at the expense of Labour and the far-right UK Independence Party.
By Paul Armstrong, 5 May 2017
Marie Baker was denied any legal representation, a direct consequence of the brutal assault against the democratic rights of the working class.
May Day 2017
By Chris Marsden, 5 May 2017
With trade and military war comes the attack on wages, working conditions and the destruction of essential services.
By Chris Marsden, 4 May 2017
May’s accusation that the EU is interfering in the UK election in language hitherto reserved for Vladimir Putin testifies to an escalation of hostilities with Europe.
By Margot Miller, 4 May 2017
Blackman, jailed in 2013 for the murder of an injured Afghan Taliban prisoner of war, emerged from prison last Friday having served just three-and-a-half years of a 10-year sentence.
By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2017
Declaring that Britain’s exit from the EU is the “dominant… issue” in the upcoming election, Tony Blair called for a more “open position on Brexit across the party divide.”
By Steve James, 2 May 2017
The only viable basis on which to combat Fujitsu’s assault is through a global socialist strategy based on the class struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2017
Under the guidelines, discussions on trade between the EU and the UK can only proceed after the divorce payment and agreement on other terms of Britain’s EU exit.
By Ajanta Silva, 1 May 2017
The following are interviews from some of those who have spoken to NHS FightBack during its campaign to oppose redundancies and the slashing of services in Bournemouth and the county of Dorset.
By Robert Stevens, 29 April 2017
This week, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon declared that the UK will not “rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.”
By Johannes Stern, 29 April 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the UK “will not have the same rights and cannot expect to be treated better than a member of the European Union.”
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 28 April 2017
Tony Blair refused to endorse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV Thursday, saying that Tory Prime Minister Theresa May would win the election.
By Julie Hyland, 27 April 2017
Britain’s right-wing media are concerned that Macron will be unable to enforce his agenda under conditions of widespread political alienation and hostility to the ruling elite.
By our reporters, 27 April 2017
Management has been able to impose the job losses in Bournemouth only due to the treachery of trade unions.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2017
Labour's preoccupation is satisfying the concerns expressed by the majority of Britain’s bourgeoisie, which supported Remain and whose interests are tied to the EU.
By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 25 April 2017
Britain’s ruling elite is set on establishing that the fundamental criteria for leading the country is a readiness to launch World War III.
By Dennis Moore, 25 April 2017
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics found that the suicide rate for care workers is now twice the national average.
By our reporters, 24 April 2017
One demonstrator said, “I think a discussion of science in terms of socialism is necessary and we need some real debates about what kind of political model fits science best.”
By Julie Hyland, 24 April 2017
Since the shock Leave vote in last June’s referendum on UK membership of the EU, the Labour right's hostility to Corbyn’s leadership has become entwined with efforts to reverse the result.
By Chris Marsden, 22 April 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May’s calling of a general election is an attempt to shape post-Brexit politics based on an agenda of trade and military war.
By our reporters, 22 April 2017
Workers on the picket line at Fujitsu in Manchester discussed support for the victimised Indian workers, their own dispute and Saturday’s international March for Science.
By Margot Miller, 22 April 2017
Registered nurses earn an average of just £23,319 per year and had their pay kept up with inflation they would now earn £26,584.
Panorama’s “A Spy in the IRA” reveals British collusion in Irish Republican Army internal discipline murders
By Steve James, 21 April 2017
As many as 50 murders are alleged to have been carried out by the Irish Republican Army’s Internal Security unit, 30 under the alleged British agent “Stakeknife.”
By Eric Gauld, 21 April 2017
While boasting about its new private ward, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has, since 2010, shut down several wards in Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2017
In calling the election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to expand her government’s majority by exploiting the crisis facing Labour.
“They’re stuffing money into the pockets of the shareholders”
By our reporters, 20 April 2017
The strike is the first by the BMW’s British workforce, who could lose up to £160,000 each if pension cuts are enforced.
By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2017
Events in Britain are unfolding at a time of a build-up to a possible US war against North Korea and unending anti-Russian propaganda.
By Robert Stevens, 19 April 2017
The introduction of an inferior pension scheme could see the retirement benefits of workers being slashed by up to £160,000.
By Tony Robson, 18 April 2017
In the furore surrounding the filthy column by Kelvin MacKenzie, little has been said about the attack on working class men in Liverpool that constitutes the main thrust of his column.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 April 2017
The parliamentary report is the latest episode in British imperialism’s anti-Russian campaign, backed by their media echo chambers.
By Robert Stevens, 15 April 2017
It would be more correct to describe the legislation restricting strikes not as anti-union laws, but as “pro-trade union bureaucracy laws.”
By Trevor Johnson, 15 April 2017
The existence of a secretive unit acting illegally within the Metropolitan Police raises fundamental issues of democratic rights that have not been broached by the media.
By Chris Marsden, 14 April 2017
The Guardian is arguing for continued pressure to be placed on Trump in order to extract the necessary quid pro quo from Washington in return for British and European support for the US war drive in Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 April 2017
The Libor scandal revealed not only the criminality of the global financial system centred in London, but the massive web of corruption and complicity involving governments and financial regulators the world over.
By Dennis Moore, 13 April 2017
The latest cuts are on top of a four-year freeze on benefits and tax credits, in place since April 2016.
By Alice Summers, 12 April 2017
Many companies make use of these super-exploitative contracts as a means of slashing labour costs and denying workers their basic rights.
By Barry Mason, 12 April 2017
Each CEO in the FTSE top 100 rakes in an average of £5.3 million annually, representing 386 times the earnings of a worker on the national living wage.
Attend NHS FightBack meeting in Bournemouth
Statement by NHS FightBack
11 April 2017
Health workers and all those who want to fight in defence of the NHS must build a new leadership, which fights on the basis of a socialist programme.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 April 2017
A resident said, “The loss of this team should be of grave concern to everybody in Bournemouth.”
By Chris Marsden, 10 April 2017
In line with the Trump administration, the Conservative government is demanding regime change in Syria and preparing a military offensive to that end.
By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2017
Corbyn’s statement only served to underscore the domination of the pro-war right within the Labour Party.
“What we need is a national stoppage”
By our reporters, 10 April 2017
Two thousand conductors walked out at three private rail franchises Saturday in a one-day strike against Driver Only Operation (DOO) trains.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2017
Trade missions to India, the Far East and the Persian Gulf all emphasised financial and business services as Britain’s key export.
By Robert Stevens, 7 April 2017
The campaign against Ken Livingstone is being stepped up through the organised lobbying by right-wing and Zionist Labourites and their media backers.
By Alejandro López, 6 April 2017
Sections of the Spanish ruling class have calculated that Brexit offers Spain an opportunity not only to reclaim Gibraltar but also to possibly become Washington’s new strategic ally in Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2017
The action against Livingstone is an outrageous violation of democratic rights, and accusations that he is an anti-Semite are slanderous.
Build new organisations of struggle to unify rail workers
By Michael Barnes, 6 April 2017
Rail workers must break the stranglehold of the unions by creating their own rank-and-file organisations of struggle.
By Julie Hyland, 4 April 2017
Sections of the British ruling elite calculate that, in confronting Spain over Gibraltar, the UK would have the support of US President Donald Trump.
By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2017
Britain’s sabre-rattling over the strategic territory expresses the centrifugal national forces tearing apart the European and global geopolitical order.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2017
Last week, the Guardian newspaper carried a feature story claiming to expose a “vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB.”
By our reporters, 3 April 2017
Those organising the Leeds protest offered a political amnesty to the unions and Labour.
By our reporters, 3 April 2017
The WSWS and the NHS FightBack campaign interviewed some of those protesting in defence of the National Health Service in Leeds Saturday.
By Julie Hyland, 1 April 2017
The bill is framed to meet the demands of banks and big business to end all regulation of their predatory activities.
By our reporters, 1 April 2017
Many workers in BICS, Bournemouth Council and at Bournemouth and Poole hospitals responded enthusiastically to an article by the NHS FightBack campaign, calling for a struggle against redundancies.
By Daniel O'Flynn and Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2017
Many rail workers oppose the government-backed attacks on their jobs and conditions being carried out by Southern GTR and the divisive policies of the various rail trade unions.
By Liz Smith, 30 March 2017
Labour Party-led Durham council propose to fire and then rehire teaching assistants on a contract that will result in a 23 percent pay cut.
By Chris Marsden, 30 March 2017
The centrifugal forces tearing apart the EU reveal the failure of any attempt to overcome, within the framework of the capitalist system, the national antagonisms that gave rise to two world wars.
By Andre Damon, 29 March 2017
After having killed millions of people in the name of preventing the proliferation of “weapons of mass destruction,” the US and its allies denounced a UN proposal to ban nuclear arms.
By John Vassilopoulos, 29 March 2017
In the inner London borough of Lambeth, £25 million is to be slashed from school funding by 2020. For some schools this means up to 25 percent in cuts to their budget.
By our reporters, 29 March 2017
The pickets expressed their support for the campaign to release the Maruti Suzuki workers by applauding a Socialist Equality Party member who had appealed to them for support.
By Robert Stevens, 28 March 2017
In each terrorist attack in the UK over the last decade and a half it has been soon established that the perpetrators were known to the British state beforehand.
By Julie Hyland, 27 March 2017
Corbyn has acquiesced to the latest right-wing smear campaign against Momentum, an organization founded largely to support his leadership.
No to British nationalism and the European Union!
By Chris Marsden, 25 March 2017
Brexit, Trump and the ongoing fracturing of the EU along national lines are all rooted in the irreconcilable contradiction of capitalism that twice in the 20th century plunged Europe and the world into war.
By our reporters, 25 March 2017
WSWS reporters told pickets about the case of the 13 framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers in India, who have been sentenced to life in prison.
By Julie Hyland, 24 March 2017
Much remains unclear about the terror attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament in London that left five people dead and at least 40 others injured.
By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2017
The job losses in the UK and Ireland—to be staggered over the next 12 to 18 months—are part of 3,300 redundancies planned throughout Europe in a restructuring operation.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 March 2017
McGuinness’s evolution from gunman to bourgeois politician was not a break from his republican principles, but the outcome of the petty-bourgeois nationalist perspective of republicanism.
By Chris Marsden, 23 March 2017
The ruling elite in Britain and internationally were quick to make political capital from the appalling event.
By Alice Summers, 23 March 2017
The ruling comes after campaigns by the media and sections of the army to exonerate Blackman in order to cultivate a climate justifying further imperialist wars.
By Dennis Moore, 22 March 2017
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that between 2008 and 2015, those classed as living below the Minimum Income Standard had risen by 4 million.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 March 2017
The discharging of staff in Bournemouth is a sign that further decimation of services are on the horizon in 44 areas throughout England.