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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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”
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.
By our reporters, 19 June 2017
Hundreds gathered outside Kensington Town Hall, while thousands more marched on the government district of Whitehall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2017
The new alliance seeks a political realignment around opposition to Britain leaving the European Union.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2017
The backlash came as a huge shock, not only for the Tories but for the media as well.
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.
By our reporters, 23 May 2017
The carnage and terror occurred barely 17 days before Britain votes in the snap June 8 national election.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Robert Stevens, 12 May 2017
Mason claims that the former Rothschild banker Emmanuel Macron has given “French democracy, Europeanism and globalism another chance.”
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.
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.
By Barry Mason, 9 May 2017
According to the Debt Support Trust charity, nearly half of people struggling with debt in the UK have considered suicide to resolve their situation.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2017
World Socialist Web Site writer Jean Shaoul responds to a series of questions posed by a student journalist regarding the Socialist Equality Party’s NHS FightBack campaign.
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.