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.
For a unified struggle of drivers and conductors
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 March 2017
Another “no” vote in opposition to the ASLEF/Southern deal would represent a powerful blow against the plans by the train companies and government to impose DOO.
By Tom Pearce, 21 March 2017
On budget day, Conservative Education Secretary Justine Greening was heckled by head teachers as she spoke at an Association of School and College Leaders meeting.
By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2017
Speakers at the London demonstration, including Trades Union Congress leader Frances O’Grady, declared token opposition to the treatment of refugees by May and Trump, which commits them to doing absolutely nothing.
By Simon Whelan, 18 March 2017
The plan by Labour-run Lewisham borough council to seize Millwall’s football ground and sell it on to an offshore-registered developer has only been put on hold.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2017
Dragging Zee into court was a politically motivated move, taken as rail companies seek to impose Driver Only Operated trains.
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.