By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2016
The murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox underscores the frenzy of nationalism and xenophobia being whipped up around Thursday’s referendum on EU membership.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 June 2016
Some 11,000 workers are set to lose their jobs and around 22,000 present and future retirees will see their pensions decimated after the collapse of high street retailer BHS.
By Barbara Slaughter, 18 June 2016
Earlier this month, 250 workers employed by First Bus Leeds voted unanimously to reject management’s paltry pay offer and begin a campaign of strike action.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2016
The murder of Cox has starkly revealed the fascistic character of the forces being whipped up around this week’s referendum on British membership in the EU, particularly by the Leave campaign.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 June 2016
Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech in London to a June 14 public meeting sponsored by the SEP (UK).
By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2016
The brutal murder of a Labour parliamentarian by a man who allegedly yelled “Britain first” takes place amid a hysterical campaign of right-wing nationalism and xenophobia.
By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2016
The release of polls showing a likely “leave” result in the referendum on membership in the EU has fueled a stock sell-off and prompted worried statements by central banks.
By our reporter, 16 June 2016
Schwarz’s remarks, which were live-streamed over the internet, drew online listeners from India, Sri Lanka, America, Poland, Germany and France.
By Trevor Johnson, 15 June 2016
The UK’s security and spying agencies are being rewarded for their criminality with new and almost unlimited powers.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2016
While the press have called the revelations “extraordinary” and “shocking,” implying that the events behind the collapse of BHS are a “one-off,” these corporate practices are the norm.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 June 2016
With interest, the average graduate will pay back an additional £3,000 more than they were expecting, with the burden falling more heavily on the poor.
By Julie Hyland, 13 June 2016
While lamenting Ashley and Green as the “unacceptable face of capitalism,” the media made clear that much of what had occurred was perfectly legal.
For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!
13 June 2016
Peter Schwarz will speak on the historical experience of German workers, who paid a terrible price for the subordination of the Communist Party of Germany to nationalism in the 1930s.
By Chris Marsden, 13 June 2016
The following is a speech by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), on the party’s campaign for an active boycott of the June 23 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 11 June 2016
The Trades Union Congress is backing the Remain campaign on the cynical basis that it is necessary to protect workers from the attacks of the Conservative government.
By Joe Mount, 11 June 2016
The aim of Momentum Youth and Students is to recruit youth into the Labour Party and trade unions.
By Michael Barnes, 10 June 2016
Workers have held strikes to protest the elimination of the safety-critical role of the conductor, who operates doors on the busiest routes in the UK.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2016
Tuesday night’s TV debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage centred on who could more aggressively scapegoat migrants.
By Ben Trent, 9 June 2016
The deficit highlights the growing disparity between what the government is spending and the resources required for the population to remain in good health.
By Danny Richardson, 8 June 2016
Steel workers jobs will be axed and wages, pensions and working conditions undermined with the full compliance of the unions, who will police the shop floor.
By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2016
The stated defence by the Green Party and the Socialist Workers Party of “open borders” and the rights of migrants is a charade.
By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2016
The struggle for a socialist Britain within a United Socialist States of Europe is a burning necessity for workers who, in every country, face the same class enemy and the same problems of austerity and war.
By Julie Hyland, 7 June 2016
The campaign makes no mention of the Cameron government’s austerity agenda that has seen millions of jobs destroyed, wages cut, welfare slashed to the bone and migrants denied entry to the UK.
By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2016
Corbyn is towing the line dictated by the dominant sections of British imperialism, which see membership of the EU as essential for securing Britain’s economic interests.
By Steve James, 4 June 2016
RISE is led by an aspiring middle class layer of academics and commentators seeking to build their careers through the creation of a new Scottish capitalist state
By Trevor Johnson, 4 June 2016
Just under a quarter of single pensioners are living in poverty.
By Chris Marsden, 3 June 2016
Both the Remain and Leave campaigns for the June 23 referendum on UK membership of the European Union are pushing anti-migrant measures.
By Dennis Moore, 1 June 2016
The number of people in the UK who struggled to put food on the table in 2014 is equivalent to the entire population of London.
By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2016
Several leading Tory euro-sceptics made unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister David Cameron over the weekend.
By Zach Reed, 31 May 2016
In the hands of Spiked, invocations of “free speech” are transformed into a justification for attacking broader democratic rights.
By Alice Summers, 30 May 2016
The changes would force nurses, paramedics and others to take on increased workloads and do jobs currently carried out by doctors.
By Zach Reed, 30 May 2016
Spiked’s defence of “free speech” is based on promoting right-wing individuals and groups, often in alliance with Conservative Students societies.
By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2016
The Leave campaign is focusing on whipping up hysteria over immigration.
By our reporters, 28 May 2016
University staff have seen their pay fall in real terms by 14.5 percent since 2009.
By Joe Mount, 28 May 2016
The proposals remove any remaining barriers to profit making and facilitate the establishment of private universities.
By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2016
An amendment to the Queen’s Speech expressed regret that the government did not include a bill that would protect the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
By Chris Marsden, 26 May 2016
The various military officials and spy chiefs backing either side in the Brexit campaign are all committed to defending British and US imperialism, particularly in the conflict with Russia.
By Simon Whelan, 26 May 2016
The fortunes accrued by 120 billionaires account for 60 percent of the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
By Julie Hyland, 26 May 2016
The following is a speech delivered to public meetings by Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the SEP, on the Party’s campaign for an active boycott of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union.
Meeting in Sheffield on June 7
26 May 2016
The Socialist Equality Party is holding a series of public meetings in cities across the UK in May and June as part of its campaign for an active boycott of the June 23 referendum.
By Chris Marsden, 25 May 2016
In speech after speech at a recent Left Leave meeting, the national division of the working class was portrayed as the sole means of opposing imperialism.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By Chris Marsden, 23 May 2016
”Left Leave” is a mechanism for transmitting the most degraded and right-wing nationalist sentiments into the working class.
By Harvey Thompson, 21 May 2016
Shirreff urges class war at home and public spending cuts to fund massive increases in military spending.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 May 2016
The ahistorical, irrational and racialised policies of the pseudo-left have opened the way for an assault on the NUS from the right.
By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2016
The government’s legislative programme for the next year includes new powers for the state under the guise of tackling “extremism” and the abolition of the Human Rights Act.
By Trevor Johnson, 18 May 2016
The growing discrepancy in life expectancy between the rich and poor is the result of decades of attacks on jobs, wages and living standards.
Notes on the London housing crisis
By Allison Smith, 18 May 2016
Last year, one in five families was forced to move home in the capital. Rent has soared 20 percent over the past five years, while average pay has increased only 2 percent.
By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2016
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s lofty pretence at being above personal insults would carry more weight if it was not routinely employed to justify his latest political capitulation to the right wing.
By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2016
No explanation has yet been provided by Manchester United, the police or the company that left a dummy explosive device in a football stadium, of Sunday’s extraordinary events.
By Julie Hyland, 14 May 2016
IMF head Christine Lagarde warned that in the event of a vote to leave the European Union, the UK could enter into recession.
By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2016
The documentary reconstructs key events and includes harrowing footage of the crush and its aftermath, as well as interviews with family members, survivors and police officers on duty.
By Chris Marsden, 12 May 2016
The referendum campaign has exposed the dangers confronting the working class as a result of the growing conflict between the imperialist powers.
By Chris Marsden, 11 May 2016
With the Conservatives divided, the Labour Party’s ability to deliver its 9 million voters is considered essential for the sections of the ruling class supporting a Remain vote on Brexit.
By John Newham, 11 May 2016
Deplorable conditions are being used to justify the further privatisation of the prison service.
By Julie Hyland, 10 May 2016
Cameron made clear that he was speaking not only on behalf of the UK, but for all the major imperialist powers
By Robert Stevens and Harvey Thompson, 9 May 2016
The only concern of the union leaders has been to protect their dues income.
By Chris Marsden, 7 May 2016
In Thursday’s elections in the UK, large swathes of the parliamentary Labour Party were not only predicting a disastrous defeat for their party, they were actively working for one.
By Harvey Thompson and Barry Mason, 7 May 2016
The decision to close the Huddersfield A&E unit is related to the terms of the Calderdale Royal Private Finance Initiative agreement, which prohibits its sale or mothballing for another 42 years.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2016
During Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament Wednesday, David Cameron reiterated the charge that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter of terrorism.
By Alice Summers, 5 May 2016
A report released last week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown that, in a typical week, there were an estimated 668,000 destitute households in the UK.
By Robert Stevens, 4 May 2016
As on every other issue of principle, Jeremy Corbyn has surrendered to the right wing in the face of a slanderous attack on the Labour Party’s ranks as a mass of “anti-Semites.”
By Margot Miller, 4 May 2016
Successive Labour and Conservative governments have reduced spending on children and young people by 71 percent.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 May 2016
The government’s refusal to accept even a few hundred children follows its attempts to prevent unaccompanied minors trapped in France from being re-united with their families.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 May 2016
The verdict that 96 Liverpool Football Club supporters were unlawfully killed in 1989 is a vindication of the campaign waged by their families, friends and supporters to uncover the truth.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 2 May 2016
Ken Livingstone, accused of anti-Semitism, is the target of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting all criticism of Israel and shifting the Labour Party still further to the right.
By Michael Barnes, 2 May 2016
Under Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, London has cemented its position as the playground of a corrupt financial oligarchy and one of the most socially polarised cities on the planet.
By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2016
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has capitulated to a scurrilous campaign to portray Livingstone as an anti-Semite.
By our reporters, 29 April 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines and at rallies during this week’s two one-day strikes without emergency cover.
By Edwin Wills, 28 April 2016
Under zero-hours contracts, workers must be ready to work whenever required.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The verdict in the longest jury case in British legal history vindicates the campaign by the families and supporters of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans killed 27 years ago.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The death of 96 Liverpool football supporters on April 15, 1989 was followed by a 27-year cover-up.
By Robert Stevens, 27 April 2016
The strike by 45,000 junior doctors in England is the first stoppage in the history of the National Health Service to be held without emergency care being provided.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2016
The Socialist Party frames its call for the nationalisation of Tata steel explicitly in terms of defending Britain’s “national interest” and “heritage”.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2016
Junior doctors have refused to back down in the face of government threats, but the danger is their isolation at the hands of the health unions and the Labour Party.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 April 2016
Pension obligations will be transferred to the taxpayer, while the corporate heads’ own tax obligations are wiped out, courtesy of debt-financed transactions and off-shore tax havens.
By Thomas Scripps, 25 April 2016
Many working families will lose up to £200 a month as a result of the Universal Credit welfare reform introduced by the Conservative government.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 April 2016
The claim by Chancellor George Osborne that the European Union will guarantee prosperity for British families is absurd.
By Tony Robson, 21 April 2016
The Remain and Leave campaigns are led by parties that have cut NHS and opened up public health care for privatisation.
By Robert Stevens and our reporters, 21 April 2016
The role of Keep Our NHS Public is to ensure that any fight back remains within the stranglehold of the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Ajanta Silva, 20 April 2016
After paving the way for years of pay freezes and erosion of conditions, the unions have colluded with the government and accepted the 1 percent cap on pay this year and until 2020.
By Michael Barnes and Julie Hyland, 19 April 2016
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union and the train drivers union ASLEF claim EU membership is “bad for Britain in general and bad for the railway in particular.”
By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2016
Large numbers of junior doctors currently involved in industrial action took part in the protest, which also included student nurses and steelworkers.
By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2016
The SEP urges a rejection of both the defenders of the European Union and the advocates of a British exit from the EU in the official Remain and Leave campaigns.
By Dennis Moore, 16 April 2016
In the period from 2004 to 2014, state funding for care of the elderly plunged by a third.
By Chris Marsden, 15 April 2016
The intervention by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in favour of Britain remaining in the EU is vital for the ruling elite amid growing popular hatred of the Cameron government.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2016
Plants will be taken over only on condition that wages, conditions and pension rights are decimated.
By Chris Marsden, 11 April 2016
Britain stands at the epicentre of an international web of corruption serving the interests of a financial oligarchy that rules the entire planet.
By Tania Kent, 11 April 2016
The Conservative Cameron government is demanding that all schools are converted into academies, which are state funded but privately run, by 2022.
By Julie Hyland, 9 April 2016
The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition and the Socialist Party are promoting “left nationalism” in the service of a faction of the British bourgeoisie.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2016
In his fifth version of events in four days, Prime Minister David Cameron admitted to owning shares in his father’s offshore company and profiting from them.
By our reporters, 8 April 2016
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines around the country.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 April 2016
As pressure builds on Britain’s Conservative government over the tax arrangements of Prime Minister David Cameron, it is becoming clear that the Panama Papers are merely the tip of the iceberg.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 April 2016
Junior doctors have demanded more effective action after Health Secretary Hunt announced he would impose a new contract by August 1.
By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2016
The following is an amended version of a report delivered March 26 by Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to a party aggregate in Sheffield.
UK central to global tax avoidance
By Chris Marsden, 6 April 2016
The leaked Panama Papers detailing widespread global tax avoidance place the UK at the centre of this operation.
By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016
The Labour Party and the trade unions have responded to the planned closure of Tata Steel’s UK plants with demands for protectionism and trade war.
By Alice Summers, 2 April 2016
Since 2010, about a quarter of library workers have lost their jobs.
By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2016
The position of Labour and the unions is based on developing protectionist measures to defend what they view as an industry critical to the interests of British imperialism.
By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2016
Neither Labour leader Corbyn nor the trade union bureaucracy proposes any struggle by steel workers in defence of their jobs.