By Alice Summers, 16 March 2017
Studies show that social class is the defining factor in a child’s educational achievement.
Notes on London housing crisis
By Allison Smith, 16 March 2017
In Westminster, 7,794 residents live in temporary accommodation and one in 25 residents is homeless.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2017
The strike by 2,000 conductors proves the willingness of transport workers to fight the destruction of their working conditions and livelihoods.
By our reporters, 14 March 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to striking rail conductors during Monday’s strikes.
By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2017
Claims by the government and rail companies that removing conductors and eventually drivers will have no impact on public safety have been proven false by several recent incidents.
Defend Martin Zee!
By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 13 March 2017
The Crown Prosecution Service decided to pursue Martin Zee despite Merseyrail’s own inquiry having exonerated him of all blame.
By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2017
While poverty now affects at least a third of the population, with health, education and housing being destroyed, the demands of the ruling elite for further enrichment were met by Hammond.
UK Labour leader Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor McDonnell offer unity talks with right-wingers Blair and Mandelson
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2017
Mandelson told an event organised by the Jewish Chronicle that he “works every single day to bring an end to (Corbyn’s) tenure in office.”
By Barry Mason, 9 March 2017
The Institute for Fiscal Studies expects the income of an average household to be 18 percent lower in 2021-22 than it would have been if the 2007-08 global financial crisis had not occurred.
By Alice Summers, 8 March 2017
The appointment of Cressida Dick as Met commissioner underscores the moves towards even more authoritarian and repressive forms of rule.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2017
Speakers on the main stage, including trade union officials and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, offered no strategy to fight the onslaught against the NHS.
By our reporters, 6 March 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those attending Saturday’s protest in defence of the National Health Service.
Secret Affairs: Britain’s collusion with radical Islam
By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2017
Britain’s collusion with Islamist fundamentalist forces prepared to use atrocities to achieve their objectives is in sharp contrast to the official line that Britain is conducting a “war on terror.”
Statement by NHS FightBack
4 March 2017
The following statement by NHS FightBack is being distributed at today’s London demonstration in defence of the National Health Service.
Secret Affairs: Britain’s collusion with radical Islam
By Jean Shaoul, 4 March 2017
In Secret Affairs, author Mark Curtis investigates how Britain worked with radical Islamic groups in the post-World War II period in pursuit of its geopolitical interests.
By Jean Gibney, 3 March 2017
Many seriously ill patients in the UK are being denied drugs and treatments due to increased drives for cost efficiency.
By Richard Tyler, 2 March 2017
Under the rule, a British citizen must have a minimum annual income of at least £18,600 if they want a spouse or civil partner born outside the EU to come and live with them in Britain.
By Tom Pearce, 1 March 2017
In the southern English county of Hampshire, 1,700 teachers’ jobs could go by 2019-20 as part of a £62 million package of government cuts.
By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 1 March 2017
In Manchester, the Labour council has enforced £340 million of cuts since 2010, resulting in a 40 percent reduction of the workforce and the gutting of public services.
By Michael Barnes, 28 February 2017
Southern Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) conductors and drivers carried out a 24-hour strike to oppose job-cutting demands that endanger passengers.
By Trevor Johnson, 28 February 2017
The UK government legal adviser, the Law Commission, has issued a “Consultation Paper” revealing plans to replace the Official Secrets Act with much more draconian powers.
By Steve James, 27 February 2017
The British and Irish governments have insisted that, post-Brexit, no border checks will be imposed, but no one has yet come up with a means to explain how this can be done.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2017
In the face of a renewed offensive against him by the Labour Party right wing, Corbyn and his key supporters again called for unity with his opponents.
By Richard Tyler, 24 February 2017
The government announced it is seeking to recover £500 million a year from overseas visitors for health treatment.
By Joe Mount, 24 February 2017
The classification of philosophers based on their skin colour, rather than their place in the historical development of human thought, is combined with an attack on the entire progressive tradition of the Enlightenment.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 February 2017
The ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford, is aimed at whitewashing, not exposing, widespread illegal infiltration of state intelligence agencies into left-wing movements.
By Simon Whelan, 23 February 2017
One after another, household names from the blue chip FTSE100 have come under investigation for alleged criminal business practices.
By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2017
Numbers at the London protest were around a tenth of the size of that which converged on Downing Street on January 30, after Trump’s anti-Muslim ban was ordered.
By Margot Miller, 22 February 2017
A total of just 350 children will be accepted, meaning another 150 by March when the scheme will close, as 200 are already in the UK.
By Julie Hyland, 21 February 2017
Some 1.85 million people signed a petition urging the government not to make the visit by US President Donald Trump an official state affair.
By Liz Smith, 21 February 2017
The UK ranks 15 out of 19 Western European countries for infant mortality, with only Denmark, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia having higher death rates.
By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2017
Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK at the invitation of the May government has become a battleground for rival factions within ruling circles.
By Michael Barnes, 18 February 2017
This principled stand by a majority of drivers comes despite immense pressure from management and the union to accept the deal.
By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2017
The two rival groups organising overlapping rallies on February 20 offer no means to wage a struggle against Trump’s cabinet of billionaires and social reactionaries and May’s pack of baying Thatcherites.
By our reporters, 18 February 2017
The hospital, opened in 2000, has been the lifeline for thousands of people who suffer from mental health problems.
By Margot Miller, 16 February 2017
Planned changes to the tax and benefit system mean that the poorest 10 percent in society will be 3.1 percent worse off, which translates into a loss of £314 a year.
By Julie Hyland, 16 February 2017
The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party fear nothing more than the collapse of the Labour Party and will do all in their power to prop it up.
By Tom Pearce, 15 February 2017
Seventy-one percent of school head teachers polled were able to balance their budgets only by making cuts or dipping into reserves.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 February 2017
The appeal is the outcome of a media-orchestrated campaign by right-wing forces, allied with sections of the military, who were never reconciled to Blackman’s jailing.
By Steve James, 13 February 2017
Scotland Against Trump put forward no perspective to mobilise the working class against the most right-wing, anti-democratic government ever elected in US history.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 February 2017
Junior doctors repeatedly stressed the implications of understaffing in hospitals during their industrial action last year.
By Alice Summers, 13 February 2017
The claim that raising fees is intended to improve educational standards and options for students is a barefaced lie aimed at covering over the continued attack on education.
By Richard Tyler, 11 February 2017
Cox’s brutal murder shocked millions, but her death has been used in the most cynical fashion by the most right-wing forces within the Labour Party.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
11 February 2017
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding a series of meetings on the significance of Trump’s election and the necessity to oppose all forms of economic nationalism on the basis of the fight for socialism.
By Tania Kent, 10 February 2017
Bedfordshire Local Education Authority admitted breaching the rights of two school children to a private and family life, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
By Julie Hyland, 10 February 2017
The support of the pseudo-left for immigration controls is the outcome of their perspective of national economic regulation under capitalism.
By Joanne Laurier, 10 February 2017
In the course of a lengthy filmmaking career, Brazilian-born Alberto Cavalcanti created several of the most poetically realistic and socially poignant films of the twentieth century.
By Robert Stevens, 9 February 2017
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to support the government’s bill whether his party’s amendments were accepted or not.
By Ross Mitchell, 9 February 2017
This week’s strikes went ahead despite the best efforts of the Unite trade union bureaucracy to sabotage the struggle.
By Jean Gibney, 9 February 2017
Government cuts to mental health services in Britain have produced a situation where there is enormous demand with little capacity to meet the need.
Vote “no” in the “referendum” on Driver Only trains
8 February 2017
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has received the following letter from a train conductor.
By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2017
Jones paints a lying picture of gratuitous violence by the Bolsheviks, but fails to mention the intervention of the imperialist powers, or to detail the White terror they helped sustain.
By Harvey Thompson, 7 February 2017
Slaughter’s comments were met with cheering and applause.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 February 2017
Netanyahu is seeking to extract every last ounce out of Trump’s hostility to Iran and his support for Israel, and Theresa May’s utter dependency on Washington.
By Paul Bond, 7 February 2017
The deaths of Lawrence Bond and James Harrison are added to a list of sick or disabled people who have died after losing their entitlement to sickness benefit and being declared fit for work.
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2017
The protest organisers sought to divert opposition to Trump into appeals to May to end the “special relationship” with the US.
By our reporters, 6 February 2017
Protesters opposed to Trump’s travel ban spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at Saturday’s demonstrations in London, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2017
The government promises the best of all possible worlds for British imperialism, with no means of achieving this ambitious goal.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 February 2017
Most residents of Haringey’s Council housing estates slated for destruction under the HDV are entirely unaware of what is being planned.
By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2017
Following the vote, the UK will enter a period of intense political crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 1 February 2017
There was a stark contrast between the genuine response of protesters and pro-imperialist critique of Trump from the protest organisers.
By our reporters, 1 February 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to anti-Donald Trump protesters at Monday evening’s demonstrations across Britain.
By Paul Mitchell, 31 January 2017
Political divisions have been brought to the peak of intensity by Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to cultivate relations with the US administration of Donald Trump.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 30 January 2017
With protests taking place in the US and throughout the world, May was forced into an abrupt U-turn after initially refusing to comment on Trump’s edict banning Muslims from entering the US.
By Simon Whelan, 30 January 2017
Rolls-Royce ultimately got the exceptionally lenient treatment from the British state that they had lobbied long and hard to gain.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 28 January 2017
For the Trump administration, “post-Brexit” Britain’s main value is not as a trading partner, but as a political weapon against the EU and, above all, Germany.
By Robert Stevens, 28 January 2017
May echoed Trump when she made clear that her own plan to put “British workers first” was based on a clampdown on migration from Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2017
It is a measure of the deterioration in relations between the US and the rest of the world that May’s visit has prompted bitter recriminations from leading voices representing British imperialism.
By Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2017
Reports of record levels of UK household debt follow warnings that credit card lending is at an unprecedented level, with unsecured debt rising at its fastest rate in 11 years.
By Alice Summers and Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2017
Student “choice” is in fact a euphemism for the introduction of measures designed to lower the requirements that educational institutions must satisfy in order to attain university status.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2017
While the Supreme Court came down in favour of Parliament, nothing has been resolved politically by its verdict.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 January 2017
The Conservative government imposed a news blackout after a missile was fired from a newly refurbished nuclear submarine from its position off the Florida coast.
By Ross Mitchell, 24 January 2017
The WSWS spoke to striking British Airways cabin crew at their picket at Hatton Cross Metro station last week during a 72-hour strike.
By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has made Trump’s election the cornerstone of her post-Brexit strategy, adapting to a yet-more open embrace of Trump by the anti-EU right-wing of her party.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2017
The court’s decision is a blow for the British political establishment, which has fought for years to keep secret the use of torture by Britain’s spy agencies and Special Forces.
By Richard Tyler, 21 January 2017
Workers remaining in the Post Office face a situation in which the government is systematically removing its functions and starving it of investment as a prelude to its ultimate closure.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2017
The joint Russian-Turkish action came on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who is reportedly preparing a major escalation of US intervention in the region.
By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2017
The planned action was over the company’s plans to widen the use of driver only operated trains.
By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2017
No less than 15 shadow secretaries of state and nine shadow ministers, who resigned from Corbyn’s cabinet in a bid to force him out, were associated with the Fabian Society.
By Trevor Johnson, 19 January 2017
Under the RIPA spying apparatus, local councils in Britain launched 2,800 separate surveillance operations lasting up to 90 days each.
By Chris Marsden, 18 January 2017
May’s aggressive posture is bound up with efforts to forge an economic and political alliance with the incoming administration of Donald Trump in the United States.
By Richard Tyler, 17 January 2017
Any pretence Momentum maintained that it was a radical rank-and-file group, nominally independent of the Labour Party, has been destroyed.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2017
More than 20 hospitals have raised alerts that they can no longer provide basic services to the public, as the British Red Cross said the NHS faces a “humanitarian crisis.”
By Margot Miller, 16 January 2017
Labour’s role in enforcing savage cuts in Metropolitan borough councils demonstrates it remains a big business party, despite the election of “left” leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 14 January 2017
In response to proof that the coup against him was sponsored by Israel, Corbyn has not said a single word.
By Julie Hyland, 13 January 2017
The Guardian demands that readers abandon their critical faculties—or what the newspaper would undoubtedly deem their “illegitimate scepticism”—to line up behind the war aims of the CIA and the Democratic Party.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 January 2017
Corbyn’s speech was a signal that he is prepared to make the political shifts demanded of him by the party’s right wing, including the adoption of an anti-immigration agenda.
By Harvey Thompson, 12 January 2017
The killing of Yaqub was the fifth fatal police shooting in England and Wales in the past nine months.
By Robert Stevens, 11 January 2017
The 24-hour strike that paralysed the London subway system Monday was followed by the start of two 48-hour walkouts by drivers on Southern Rail and British Airways cabin crew.
By Simon Whelan, 11 January 2017
While the rich are allowed to avoid the taxes necessary to fund vitally-needed services, the government continually devises ways to extract ever more from the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 10 January 2017
The row over what relationship the UK will have with the European Union takes place under conditions where its very survival is threatened.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 January 2017
A video posted by the pro-Corbyn Momentum organization seeks to portray the population of Europe as benefitting from the privatization if the UK’s rail network.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2017
The series of strikes points to a nascent rebellion by workers against the efforts of the trade unions to suppress opposition to the onslaught on jobs and wages.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 January 2017
Having set the NHS up to fail, the government and the media will inevitably insist that the NHS must be made more efficient through the closure of “failing” services and privatisations.
By Robert Stevens, 7 January 2017
The Tories and Labour are fighting over which party is more stridently opposed to immigration.
By Barry Mason, 6 January 2017
Unison, with over 1.2 million members and an annual income of more than £200 million, has proved unwilling and incapable of defending the jobs of three embattled cleaners.
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2017
Corbyn’s New Year message confirms his role as frontman for a party dedicated to waging war on the working class and against opponents of British imperialism throughout the world.
By Richard Tyler, 3 January 2017
The Institute for Fiscal Studies wrote that British workers faced the “worst decade for pay in 70 years.”
By Joe Mount, 3 January 2017
A succession of governments have created the conditions for the legal, uninhibited exploitation of workers, removing restrictions on business and cutting spending on welfare benefits.
By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2016
Less than six years after the phone-hacking scandal involving the News of the World, the media oligarch Rupert Murdoch and his Fox corporation are set to take over UK TV company Sky.