Britain

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.

Corbyn makes his appeal to become Britain’s next prime minister

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.

Royal Bank of Scotland seeks to avoid High Court action by shareholders

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.

Manchester’s dead: Victims of British regime-change operations in the Middle East

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.

Progressive Alliance rally in London calls for support for “globalist” elite

By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2017

The new alliance seeks a political realignment around opposition to Britain leaving the European Union.

Official account of Manchester suicide bombing unravels

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.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May forced to backpedal on “dementia tax”

By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2017

The backlash came as a huge shock, not only for the Tories but for the media as well.

UK government deploys military following Manchester suicide bombing

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.

Explosion kills, wounds dozens at pop concert in Manchester

By our reporters, 23 May 2017

The carnage and terror occurred barely 17 days before Britain votes in the snap June 8 national election.

UK wage performance “worst in over 200 years”

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.

UK Conservative manifesto outlines stepped up austerity and militarism

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.

The class issues in the UK snap election

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.

UK government seeks additional surveillance powers, including overriding encryption

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.”

UK: Labour’s manifesto amended to stress commitment to militarism and war

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”

Amazon warehouse worker in Manchester UK “enterprise zone” speaks of intolerable working conditions

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

The class issues in Britain’s snap election: Austerity, dictatorship and war

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.

UK: Labour’s shadow foreign secretary spells out Corbyn’s pro-war “journey”

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.

UK National Union of Teachers sabotages struggle against funding cuts

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.

As workers’ wages stagnated, UK super-rich “carried on making billions”

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.

UK: Tate workers asked to “put money towards a sailing boat” for museum director

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.

UK Labour Party adopts pro-business, militarist election manifesto

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.

What is in the UK Labour Party’s manifesto?

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.”

British ruling elite celebrates falling life expectancy as boon for pension fund deficits

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.

Guardian journalist Paul Mason calls for a “left” alliance with “free market elite”

By Robert Stevens, 12 May 2017

Mason claims that the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron has given “French democracy, Europeanism and globalism another chance.”

NATO requests UK troops for US-led surge in Afghanistan

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.

Living standards plunge in UK

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.