Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”
By our reporters, 20 September 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke with local residents in Ladbroke Grove, London about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By our reporters, 19 September 2017
Inquiry Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick claimed that he was “impartial” and had therefore rejected submissions to appoint a local resident to act as an assessor.
By Dennis Moore, 19 September 2017
The government’s overall agenda, dressed up as welfare “reform,” is underpinned by slashing welfare spending and encouraging people to move from benefits into work.
By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 18 September 2017
In the name of opposing “extremism,” the May government is preparing a drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.
By Paul Armstrong, 18 September 2017
In the aftermath of the Lakanal House fire, the Labour-controlled council promised £62 million for improved fire safety and maintenance, but residents are still living in death traps.
By our reporter, 18 September 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.
By Steve James, 16 September 2017
As with all such outrages, there is no reason to assume that the attack comes as a surprise to the British intelligence agencies.
By Paul Armstrong, 16 September 2017
Recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire, handed down in 2013, were ignored by the Conservative government, local council authorities and the London Fire Brigade.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 15 September 2017
The refusal of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to answer questions at the official opening of the government inquiry into the Grenfell Tower inferno epitomises the class arrogance and indifference of the powers-that-be towards working people.
By John Vassilopoulos, 14 September 2017
Arnold Tarling, a chartered surveyor and fire safety expert, told the WSWS government cuts were responsible for the Grenfell Tower inferno.
By Robert Stevens, 14 September 2017
August saw a further precipitous decline in living standards for all workers, due to the rising cost of fuel, clothes and food imports, with wages as a share of national income the lowest since the Second World War.
By Julie Hyland, 13 September 2017
The so-called Great Repeal Bill, incorporating European Union (EU) legislation into British law, passed its second reading in parliament early Tuesday morning.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2017
The former Labour prime minister called for EU nationals without work in the UK to be barred from renting homes, opening bank accounts and receiving health care.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 11 September 2017
Since 2010, Salford Council has imposed £186 million in cuts to vitally needed services.
By Robert Stevens, 9 September 2017
The inquiry has no intention of achieving real justice for the victims of Grenfell—nor remedying the dangers faced by thousands of other tenants across the country.
No answers to attacks on public health care
By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 8 September 2017
The “Summer of Action” was largely restricted to appeals to MPs and photo opportunities for RCN bureaucrats and union officials making occasional media appearances.
By John Farmer and Robert Stevens, 8 September 2017
Throughout the strike, Unite never called all-out action, even as the Birmingham City Council mounted a mass scabbing operation.
By Steve James, 7 September 2017
Four soldiers in the British Army were arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as members of the outlawed fascist group National Action.
By Julie Hyland, 7 September 2017
As parliament begins its debate today on the second reading of the so-called Great Repeal bill, the Labour Party officially announced it will vote against.
By Tony Robson, 6 September 2017
Workers need to take the dispute out of the hands of the ASLEF and the RMT and link it with a broader struggle against austerity and cost-cutting in the public and private sectors.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”
By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2017
The European Union insists there can be no progress to discussion on future relations without Britain settling its “divorce” bill first.
By Laura Tiernan, 4 September 2017
Theresa May’s Tory government, like the Cameron government before it, has relied on local Labour councils to slash millions of pounds from public spending.
By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2017
Snow’s proposals to “democratise” the media repeated official complaints about “fake news” used by Google to blacklist the WSWS and other sites.
By Tony Robson, 31 August 2017
The latest round of strike action takes place against the background of concerted efforts by the rail unions to end the dispute and prevent its extension to other private operators on the network.
By Chris Marsden, 30 August 2017
The Financial Times welcomed Labour’s support for continued membership of the European Union Single Market, saying that it put the party “firmly on the side of business.”
By Steve James, 29 August 2017
Every single one of the cladding systems now being exposed as deadly had previously been signed off by various regulatory bodies as safe.
By our reporters, 29 August 2017
The meeting offered no way forward for residents, of Salford or elsewhere, forced to live in potential death traps.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 August 2017
The report’s bias in favour of employers is not an oversight, as the political establishment that Matthew Taylor speaks for has no intention of bringing “precarious employment” under control.
Interview with rapper El Nino about “Grenfell Tower’s Burning”: “We had to watch that, so why shouldn’t they have to listen to us?”
By Paul Bond, 28 August 2017
Following the World Socialist Web Site’s recent review of the artistic response to the Grenfell Tower fire from local artists, reviewer Paul Bond spoke to El Nino.
By Chris Marsden, 26 August 2017
McDonnell chose to end his big business charm offensive with closed-door appearances in July before the London Stock Exchange.
“As we grew up, our instinct was that the enemy was the system and the police. That’s what we were fighting against.”
By our reporters, 26 August 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to those who came to the SEP public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
“Grenfell has shown one thing above all—and that is the enormous ingenuity, dedication and seriousness of the working class.”
By our reporters, 26 August 2017
Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden delivered closing remarks to the SEP’s August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Alice Summers, 25 August 2017
Just one in five young people from the poorest areas in the UK will go on to university, compared to half of their wealthier peers.
By our reporters, 25 August 2017
A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.
24 August 2017
To warm applause, White said, “The most effective use of our energy and our determination has to be mobilise our class, independently, not to expend our energy in fruitless appeals to the powers that be.”
Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”
By our reporters, 24 August 2017
Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower.
By Chris Marsden, 23 August 2017
This speech was given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at the August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting
22 August 2017
Scripps: “It is politically vital to establish why this one event is a crime perpetrated by capitalism against the working class…and to explain why we have declared Grenfell to be an act of social murder.”
By our reporter, 21 August 2017
To ensure that all felt free to speak, the SEP had denied a request from Sky News to film proceedings and told police officers who inquired that they were not welcome.
Report: “The plight of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the UK is deteriorating”
By Barry Mason, 19 August 2017
A new report finds that there are now 3.9 million children across the UK living below the breadline.
By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017
With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.
By our reporters, 17 August 2017
Around 500 local residents and others from London boroughs marched through the area surrounding Grenfell Tower Monday evening to mark two months since the fire.
By Dennis Moore and Margot Miller, 16 August 2017
Many tower blocks in Salford are clad in flammable material similar to that which encased the Grenfell Tower.
“The night our eyes changed”
By Paul Bond, 16 August 2017
Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists.
By our reporters, 15 August 2017
Newham council is refusing to house those it is making homeless in the Carpenters Estate even though there are 400 vacant houses available.
By our reporters, 14 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell fire.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017
Safety checks carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire indicate the Ledbury tower blocks are at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion.
By Daniel O’Flynn and Michael Gardner, 12 August 2017
Residents of 242 flats on the Ledbury estate in south London spoke to the WSWS about Southwark Council’s telling them they will have to “temporarily decant the blocks over the coming weeks and months” for emergency works.
By Thomas Scripps and Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017
The exhibition’s handling of sources and events transforms the revolution, which proceeded with a political logic well understood by its leaders, into a hodgepodge of accident and happenstance.
By Chris Marsden, 12 August 2017
The loss of public trust in the media is not because of one or another wrong position, but because almost every major newspaper and TV station is in the pockets of the billionaires who own them.
Survivors, SEP member denounce police inaction over Grenfell Tower fire at latest community public meeting
By Paul Mitchell, 11 August 2017
Eight weeks after the fire, few of the promised measures have materialised and survivors and local residents continue to be treated with contempt.
By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 10 August 2017
The UK Conservative government has staked its post-Brexit future on being the most loyal ally of the US in all its military actions.
By Steve James, 10 August 2017
Decades prior to the Grenfell fire, the dangers of flammable and incorrectly installed cladding were known to governments of all stripes and ignored.
By Steve James, 10 August 2017
Knox proceeds from insisting that the British working class is hopeless to exalting the nationalist revolutionary traditions of the Irish working class.
By our reporters, 9 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to local residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Barry Mason, 7 August 2017
Following the global financial crash, the top one percent of income earners, those earning £275,000 or more a year, is again racing away from the remainder of the population.
By Alice Summers, 7 August 2017
The British military’s “This is belonging” campaign targets young people from economically deprived areas.
By Danny Richardson, 7 August 2017
The strike at Rom Ltd is an expression of broader oppositional sentiments throughout the working class.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 August 2017
Currently, only 45 households have accepted accommodation offers, with only 12 properly rehoused.
By our reporters, 4 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to former Grenfell Tower residents about Kensington and Chelsea’s rehousing offer.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 August 2017
Across London, 19,845 homes, worth some £9.4 billion ($12 billion), sat idle for over six months in 2016.
By Steve James, 3 August 2017
In 2015, the Socialist Equality Party published an Open Letter to the Pitchford inquiry for “the immediate release of the names of all undercover police operatives, especially those active in the Workers Revolutionary Party (and its forerunners and successor organisations).”
By Peter Reydt, 1 August 2017
A new report details how working class criminals are incarcerated in “filthy and dilapidated”, vermin infested, overcrowded and violent “facilities.”
By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2017
According to the NHS Support Federation, more than one third (£5.5 billion) of £16 billion in contracts awarded by the clinical commissioning groups have gone to the private sector.
By our reporters, 31 July 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to local residents in London’s Ladbroke Grove on Saturday about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2017
The exodus of nurses and midwives takes place amid a broader shortage of 40,000 nurses and 3,500 midwives in England alone.
By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2017
Despite the investigation being in operation for more than six weeks, not a single person has been arrested or even charged.
By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2017
The Kensington and Chelsea councillors are entirely insulated from the social catastrophe that they inflicted on the working class population they want to drive out of the borough.
By Tom Pearce, 28 July 2017
Despite the widespread use of flammable cladding in schools, only three schools have so far been tested.
By our reporters, 27 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2017
Such consultations are an attempt to bestow much needed legitimacy on the inquiry, which will have no legal powers to prosecute anybody or hold anyone to account.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2017
It is already clear from the response of the police and Independent Police Complaints Commission that yet another cover-up of the death of a man in police custody is underway.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Liz Smith, 22 July 2017
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in Bradford about the Grenfell fire.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2017
The fire raged for three hours and destroyed around 30 percent of the first, second, and third floors.
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.
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.