By Chris Marsden, 6 May 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” policy has cost the lives of tens of thousands in the UK, with the government lying about the real death rate, and doing nothing to prevent the spread of infection.
By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020
The British state continues to obstruct both Assange’s ability to conduct his defence and journalists’ ability to report on the case in detail.
By our reporter, 5 May 2020
Many workers responded with hostility to the CWU’s announcement accepting the ending of Saturday letter deliveries and calling off threatened industrial action.
UK postal worker: “Royal Mail are getting what they want and the Communication Workers Union is allowing it—the union really is useless”
5 May 2020
This letter was sent by a postal worker to the SEP (UK) in response to the CWU claiming to have forced Royal Mail Group to back down from plans to end permanently Saturday deliveries, which would cost 20,000 jobs.
Scientists set up independent committee to challenge UK government’s COVID-19 response: “there is no transparency”
By Laura Tiernan, 5 May 2020
Professor David King pointed to daily media briefings with scientists standing alongside government ministers, stating “that is very different from being free to say what your advice is.”
By Alice Summers, 4 May 2020
The new Nightingale facilities were meant to provide overflow capacity to overwhelmed hospitals, but patients have been turned away due to a lack of suitable equipment or staff.
By Steve James, 4 May 2020
Journalist Craig Murray could face up to two years in jail following his reporting of the trial of former SNP leader Alex Salmond.
By Tony Robson, 4 May 2020
The struggle by ASOS workers has demonstrated that they cannot rely on the local authority, state bodies or the unions for protection.
By Jean Gibney, 2 May 2020
Reports claim that deaths due to the disruption of cancer services alone are likely to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 May 2020
Having initially warned of strike action against the ending of Saturday deliveries, the CWU organised a shameless retreat.
By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2020
The continuing loss of life barely registered with a national media obsessed with reporting which chain store is opening its doors, when the lockdown “exit strategy” might be announced, and the prime minister’s new baby.
By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2020
The UK is fast becoming the centre of the pandemic in Europe and is set to surpass the 27,682 deaths already recorded in Italy.
By Thomas Scripps, 30 April 2020
The job losses will devastate tens of thousands and are a warning to workers of the economic “reconstruction” being prepared by the ruling elite in the wake of the pandemic.
29 April 2020
This article was submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by a UK postal worker.
By Thomas Scripps, 29 April 2020
Using documents from within the NHS supply chain, the investigation rips apart ministers’ claims to have provided 1 billion items of personal protective equipment in the last two months.
COVID-19 infection at sporting fixtures underscores criminality of Johnson government’s herd immunity policy
By Barry Mason, 29 April 2020
It was only due to growing opposition that the government was forced to impose a lockdown. But much of the damage had already been done, as evidenced by its allowing three sporting events to take place.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2020
Johnson’s speech outside Downing street reassured the capitalist class that his government would move toward a full return to work but warned of the difficulties of doing so.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 April 2020
Assange’s legal team insisted that a hearing could not proceed under the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic
By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020
The vindictive suspension of the COVID-19 prisoner release programme demonstrates the criminal disregard of the British ruling class for the lives of prisoners.
By Thomas Scripps, 27 April 2020
The leak of the Labour Party investigation marks an appropriate endpoint to Corbyn’s five-year record of political surrender and collusion.
By Julia Callaghan, 27 April 2020
Households will suffer an overall £43 billion loss—equating to a 17 percent reduction in monthly household disposable income.
By Robert Stevens, 25 April 2020
First Minister Sturgeon’s supposed “progressive” credentials, backed in Scotland, England and Wales by Labour and the trade unions, offer an avenue for big business and banks to engineer a political shift towards a return to work.
By Ben Trent, 25 April 2020
Charities set to lose up to £4 billion over a 12-week period because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020
A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.
Unions collude with companies to keep non-essential UK ASOS warehouse and retail businesses running during pandemic
By Joe Mount and Tony Robson, 24 April 2020
The GMB trade union has isolated the struggle of ASOS workers against unsafe conditions and told them to put their faith in the company “to do the right thing.”
By Miles Driver and Laura Tiernan, 24 April 2020
Drivers told the WSWS about the unsafe working conditions being enforced by the Johnson government, private bus operators, Transport for London and London Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan, in collaboration with the unions.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 April 2020
The government claims to have established a daily testing capacity of 40,000 but only half that number is being carried out.
Twenty-nine London transport workers dead from COVID-19, as anger rises over unsafe working conditions
By Laura Tiernan, 23 April 2020
More than six weeks after the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic, London bus drivers say they are being treated as an “expendable commodity.”
By Robert Stevens, 22 April 2020
In what it described as a "conservative estimate", the Financial Times concluded that its analysis of official data reveals "The coronavirus pandemic has already caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the UK".
By our reporter, 22 April 2020
Around 500 viewers took part in the event with participants from Britain joined by others from Australia, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, Canada and the US—underscoring the international interest in the meeting.
By Steve James, 21 April 2020
Boris Johnson’s government would like to exit the coronavirus lockdown as quickly as possible to restart the extraction of profit from the working class.
By Barry Mason, 21 April 2020
The gruesome total is more than double the number of deaths recorded by the Conservative government, which only includes fatalities of those directly employed by the National Health Service.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2020
The five major states in Europe—Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK—account for around 85,000 of the 100,000 plus deaths.
By Margot Miller, 20 April 2020
Anticipating rising unemployment and collapsing wages, the Social Market Foundation urges the Conservative government to abandon the “triple-lock” mechanism.
By Harvey Singh, 20 April 2020
As well as a food crisis exacerbated by the pandemic, deteriorating housing conditions are a major negative factor for workers, placing them at increased risk of infection.
By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2020
Boris Johnson’s Conservatives pursued a policy which envisaged the mass infection of tens of millions of people and the deaths of possibly hundreds of thousands.
By Tom Pearce, 18 April 2020
The plan is for primary schools to start reopening in a “regionalised approach,” despite reports of three teacher deaths from COVID-19.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2020
As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.
Bournemouth nurse’s letter to WSWS prompts widespread discussion on dangers facing NHS workers during COVID-19 pandemic
By Alice Summers, 17 April 2020
The letter describes the appalling conditions in the hospital's COVID-19 ward and the anger of healthcare workers at management’s failure to provide adequate PPE and towards Boris Johnson’s Conservative government.
By Simon Whelan, 17 April 2020
Three British universities have announced hundreds of temporary contract redundancies in order to make financial savings, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
By Paul Lee and Richard Tyler, 16 April 2020
Even now, as postal workers are dying and the danger of infection is massive, the Communication Workers Union refuses to pull the whole workforce out on strike until Royal Mail can guarantee their safety.
By Robert Stevens, 16 April 2020
For the ruling elite, the elderly are viewed as a drain on resources and a burden on the further accumulation of personal wealth and corporate profit.
15 April 2020
“I urge employees not to be silenced by ruthless and reckless employers and to stand together and speak out.”
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 April 2020
It will not be long before Johnson’s words of praise for the NHS will be nothing but a bitter memory, cited by angry doctors and nurses as the Tories resume their efforts to destroy it.
UK NHS workers speak to the WSWS: “Is it worth clapping the NHS without ensuring the safety of frontline workers?”
By our reporters, 14 April 2020
Several NHS workers have contacted the WSWS following the attacks by Conservative Health Minister Matt Hancock, who accused NHS staff of wasting personal protective equipment resources.
14 April 2020
The WSWS received the following letter in response to the statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his discharge from hospital.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020
More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2020
Morris’s comments are a moving refutation of the media smears directed against Assange and underscore the urgency of the fight for his immediate freedom.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.
By Alice Summers, 11 April 2020
With significantly reduced air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, Heathrow Airport told thousands of workers that they must accept a 15 percent wage reduction, or they will lose their jobs.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020
Even prior to his election, Starmer was at pains to reposition himself to be acceptable to the Zionist and Blairite right.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020
Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2020
Behavioural scientists played an extraordinary and unwarranted part in determining government policy, compared with the input of medical professionals.
By Margot Miller, 10 April 2020
“Doctors have to explain to patients over 70, with no underlying health issues, that the doctor has to make a decision to sign a do-not-resuscitate order, because there are no ventilators”—NHS doctor
By Michael Barnes and Laura Tiernan, 10 April 2020
COVID-19 has claimed almost 2,000 lives in the capital and 8,000 across the UK, with bus drivers demanding urgent safety measures to prevent more deaths.
By Laura Tiernan and Michael Barnes, 10 April 2020
London bus drivers told the World Socialist Web Site that the lack of basic safety being enforced by the private bus operators, Transport for London, and the unions is putting lives at risk.
“Managers, directors and council leaders should be held to account if people become ill or die”
By our correspondent, 9 April 2020
The WSWS spoke to a children’s social worker in a Local Authority in northern England about the conditions she and her clients face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Stephen Alexander, 9 April 2020
Mass deaths and runaway infections have begun to rip through UK residential and nursing home facilities, bringing adult social care services to the brink of collapse.
By Margot Miller, 9 April 2020
The loss of thousands of jobs only confirms that the government's £370 billion emergency bailout fund to big business is doing next to nothing to protect the working class from the loss of their livelihoods.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 April 2020
Judge Vanessa Baraitser has decreed that Assange will remain behind bars and that his extradition show-trial will proceed in May, even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly in British prisons.
By Robert Stevens, 8 April 2020
Whatever Johnson’s personal fate, the herd immunity policy that landed him seriously ill in hospital has already contributed to many infections and thousands of deaths nationwide.
By Paul Lee, 8 April 2020
Weeks into the pandemic, postal workers are still not able to social distance and have a lack of personal protection equipment when out delivering mail.
By Paul Bond, 8 April 2020
The Unite union claims it has secured BA’s agreement that no worker will be laid off without pay, and that there will be no redundancies, at least temporarily.
By Tony Robson, 8 April 2020
The threats to health workers have been particularly directed at any use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
By Laura Tiernan, 7 April 2020
Expunged from the Queen’s narrative was any hint of the mounting public fury over horrific conditions endured by National Health Service staff—deprived of masks, gloves and other essential personal protective clothing, and of ventilators to treat the dying.
By Thomas Scripps, 7 April 2020
The election of Sir Keir Starmer marks the return to a business-as-usual Blairism shorn of any socialist pretensions.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 April 2020
The WikiLeaks founder is currently held on remand pending extradition to the US, not charged with any crime or serving any sentence, in Belmarsh maximum security prison.
By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020
There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in.
By Chris Marsden, 6 April 2020
Jeremy Corbyn has presided over a massive shift to the right in official politics, with grave implications for the working class.
By Paul Bond, 4 April 2020
The £350 billion bailout is an unprecedented financial handout to UK corporations, conducted without even the rubber stamp of a parliamentary vote.
By Michael Barnes, 4 April 2020
While the super-rich complain of being bored in their gated mansions, masses of workers in London have lost their jobs or are forced to work in unsafe conditions.
By Stephen Alexander, 4 April 2020
It is estimated that up to a fifth of all COVID-19 deaths in the UK have occurred in care homes, hospices, and individual households.
By Alice Summers, 4 April 2020
High Pressure Laminate cladding, thought to be used on thousands of buildings across the country, has been shown to be as highly flammable as the cladding used on Grenfell Tower.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020
The WikiLeaks founder, held in Belmarsh prison and facing extradition to the US for exposing war crimes, has a chronic lung condition and has had his health destroyed by a decade of mistreatment by the British state
Royal Mail rejects all demands for basic coronavirus safety measures, but CWU continues to block strike
By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020
Sitting on a huge mandate for strike action delivered less than a month ago, the CWU’s only response is to turn to Boris Johnson with an appeal for more talks!
By Richard Tyler, 2 April 2020
While clearly the temporary hospital is a much-needed facility, given the criminal starving of resources in Britain’s health care system, for many who are taken there it will be little more than a waiting room for the dying.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 April 2020
That the CWU is now appealing for the most basic sanitary protections is an admission of the desperately unsafe conditions it volunteered its membership into when calling off the planned national strike.
By Tony Robson and Dan Richardson, 1 April 2020
Britain’s new “Satanic Mills” are a byword for low pay, casualisation and sweat shop conditions, which have only worsened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Chris Marsden, 1 April 2020
The fears of the ruling class internationally that the coronavirus crisis is leading to opposition to capitalism on a mass scale are expressed in the commentary in Britain’s Telegraph.
“This is a worldwide medical emergency and we shouldn’t put our frontline NHS staff at risk” UK doctor in forensic pathology speaks to WSWS
By our correspondent, 31 March 2020
The doctor raised concerns about the Johnson government’s failures in combating the virus, including a lack of personal protective equipment and its impact on the safety and morale of National Health Service workers in Britain.
By Barry Mason, 31 March 2020
In a nine-day period to March 24, 470,000 workers applied for financial support through the punitive Universal Credit system—more than eight times the average.
Sunday Telegraph reports on Exercise Cygnus
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2020
The Telegraph article makes clear the NHS was unable to deal with the outbreak of a pandemic because of the decade long and ongoing austerity programme designed to make the working class pay for the trillion-pound bailout of the banks in 2008.
By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.
By Steve James, 28 March 2020
Exercise Cygnus has been buried for years for fear it would give rise to demands for an end to health care cuts.
UK health care assistant: “There’s a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse”
By our reporter, 28 March 2020
A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Chris Marsden, 27 March 2020
Corbyn strained every sinew to appear responsible and supportive at a time of national emergency, stressing that he did not want to appear to be “relentlessly negative.”
By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020
Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s refusal came amid mounting calls for the release of vulnerable, low-risk prisoners from the UK’s overcrowded and woefully unprepared prison systems during the coronavirus crisis.
Johnson’s “herd immunity” strategy and the London Conference on Intelligence whitewash: Britain’s ruling class and eugenics
By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020
Innumerable posts on social media have drawn the connection between the reactionary ideology of eugenics and the British government’s criminally delayed and negligent response to the pandemic.
Boris Johnson’s coronavirus measures: Political criminality that will cost tens of thousands of lives
By Chris Marsden, 25 March 2020
For those millions seeking guidance from the government, Johnson’s message—in announcing a national lockdown Monday evening—was one of calculated contempt.
By Tony Robson, 25 March 2020
In London, three junior doctors have been taken into critical care and are on ventilators. In the West Midlands, a staff nurse is in intensive care and on a ventilator.
By Tony Robson, 24 March 2020
NHS doctors and nurses have been battling against the government’s refusal to provide testing and adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
By Julie Hyland, 23 March 2020
The students’ petition to university bosses highlights the widespread opposition to the disastrous course of the Johnson government, which has already forced a shift in its reckless policy of allowing the spread of COVID-19.
By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020
Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.
By Tom Pearce, 21 March 2020
Although most pupils are being sent home, some schools, with reduced staffing, will have to remain open to ensure “key workers” are able to continue working.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 March 2020
Workers have used social media to condemn the union’s refusal to call strikes after a second national ballot recorded a huge mandate for action.
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 March 2020
The British authorities are willfully placing Assange’s life at risk, even though he has been convicted of no crime.
By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2020
Britain’s ruling elite is using the enormous danger to public health posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to implement a raft of anti-democratic measures they have long planned to impose.
Retired UK welfare advice worker Terry Craven: “If they are going to build a herd immunity, they already know it’s going to kill thousands of people”
By our reporters, 20 March 2020
Retired welfare advice worker Terry Craven contacted the WSWS to express his concerns about the lack of provision for people in the UK on social security benefits showing symptoms of Covid-19.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 March 2020
The CWU has used the coronavirus crisis not only as a cover for a sellout it had already intended, but as an opportunity to prove its unswerving allegiance to Royal Mail and the British state.
By Bryan Dyne, 18 March 2020
In addition to the mass casualty figures, the study’s authors estimated that the pandemic will continue through August.