By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 20 January 2018
The summit aimed to boost UK-French cooperation despite the crisis in NATO caused by the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s exit from the European Union.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2018
Accompanied by lifting the cap on tuition fees and selling off of student debt to private holders, the Office for Students is set to complete the basic framework for the wholesale privatisation of higher education.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 January 2018
In the wake of Carillion’s collapse, 14 hospital trusts have had to trigger emergency plans, with six deploying additional staff to maintain essential services.
By Robert Stevens, 19 January 2018
The gentrification plans involve the construction of around 1,000 new luxury homes that are unaffordable to the local working class population.
”You cannot disperse communities and expect people to be fine with that”
By our reporters, 19 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those protesting the gentrification plans being carried out in the Elephant and Castle area of south London.
Carillion’s collapse in UK and the East Coast bailout: What would ending the “Private Financial Initiative rip-off” entail?
By Jean Shaoul, 18 January 2018
In the wake of the collapse of construction giant Carillion, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demagogically declared it was time “to end the rip-off privatisation policies.”
By Dennis Moore, 18 January 2018
The median average pay of the top FTSE 100 CEO's is £3.45 million a year, 120 times the average pay of a worker.
By our reporters, 17 January 2018
Some 1,500 people, including survivors and the families of those who died in last year’s Grenfell Tower fire, staged their monthly Silent March on January 14.
By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2018
When CEOs, accountants, regulators and governments are all implicated in such events, it is not the corruption of a single corporate entity that is at issue, but the capitalist profit system itself.
UK: Election of pro-Corbyn slate to Labour’s National Executive Committee underscores left shift in working class
By Chris Marsden, 16 January 2018
Corbyn is now in control of his cabinet and, following various reshuffles, has a majority of the party membership and now the NEC.
By Julie Hyland, 16 January 2018
There are reports of banks shifting Carillion off their balance sheets over the last months in anticipation of its inevitable folding.
By Richard Tyler, 15 January 2018
The missing files are thought to include thousands of government papers dealing with critical chapters of recent history that can prove to be a major political embarrassment.
By Ajanta Silva, 15 January 2018
By running down National Health Service-run provision across the country, the Tories have opened up new avenues for private companies to cherry pick lucrative areas.
Fraud of official inquiry into Grenfell fire exposed by forced withdrawal of project management adviser
By Robert Stevens, 13 January 2018
The scandal over KPMG serves once again to dispel any illusions that the official Grenfell inquiry has anything to do with establishing the truth or holding the guilty to account.
By Margot Miller, 12 January 2018
While 36 councils have applied for help with funding, housing minister Alok Sharma recently conceded that no money has been handed over to date.
New publication by Mehring Books (UK)
12 January 2018
Mehring Books has produced a new pamphlet to memorialise David King, who devoted his extraordinary artistic gifts to salvaging the historical truth of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath.
By Chris Marsden, 11 January 2018
The crisis in the Tory party over Britain’s exit from the European Union is behind a renewed offensive to shape the Labour Party as the leadership of a pro-Remain government.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2018
The “untenable” conditions under which the WikiLeaks founder remains confined are the product of an unrelenting drive by the US and British governments to punish him for exposing the crimes of imperialism.
“Sexual misconduct” witch-hunt targets conductor Charles Dutoit, director Max Stafford-Clarke and actor Ed Westwick
By Paul Bond, 11 January 2018
Just before Christmas, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it had cancelled appearances by its artistic director, 81-year-old conductor Charles Dutoit.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 9 January 2018
Events that confirm the fundamental importance of the presumption of innocence have been met with undisguised antipathy from those sections of the media most closely involved with the #MeToo campaign.
By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2018
The select committee’s aim is to manufacture a pretext for imperialist intrigues against Russia while censoring alternative media sources.
By Michael Barnes, 8 January 2018
As dangerous incidents begin to escalate, the rail companies and the Tory government refuse to retreat in their war against conductors’ jobs.
By Tony Robson, 8 January 2018
At no point have Unite, GMB, the retail workers union, USDAW, or any other, even mooted a fight in defence of a single job.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2018
NHS employees now often refer to the conditions they face at work as a “battlefield” or “war zone.”
By Dennis Moore, 5 January 2018
The head of the Kings College hospital trust, one of the largest in the UK, resigned citing the inability of hospitals to provide adequate care amidst soaring demand.
By Tom Pearce, 4 January 2018
The horror stories featured in this year’s report by the local government and social care ombudsman reveal a situation comparable to Victorian slum housing.
By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2018
There is a direct relationship between this orgy of financial parasitism and the explosion of self-medication.
By Steve James, 30 December 2017
Three days before Christmas, Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a petition set up by a survivor of the July Grenfell Tower inferno in London.
By Tom Pearce, 28 December 2017
One UK government department was peddling combustible plastic products even as another was being warned of the risks of using plastic insulation in residential buildings.
By Margot Miller, 28 December 2017
More than 9,000 people are rough sleepers and 78,000 families are living in temporary accommodation in England alone, including 120,000 children.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 27 December 2017
The effort to play up the passage of a Russian warship through the North Sea on Christmas Day is only the latest example of the UK’s escalating propaganda campaign against Russia.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 December 2017
The announcement points to the divergence between Britain’s commercial interests and those of its foremost ally, the United States.
By Ajanta Silva, 23 December 2017
The Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group accidentally disclosed a backdoor payment of £328,000 to Virgin Care, owned by billionaire business mogul Richard Branson.
By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 23 December 2017
Although workers effectively took control of the yards, the GMB and Unite trade unions were at pains to insist the action was a “work-in.”
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2017
The contrived campaign at Westminster over sexual impropriety has caused the suicide of one leading Welsh Labour member and the sudden death of a Labour Party staffer—also believed to be a suicide.
By Robert Stevens and Margot Miller, 22 December 2017
Haringey Labour Council will commence the demolition of 1,000 council homes and the building of luxury accommodation that only the wealthiest can afford, in one of the largest acts of social cleansing in the capital.
By Tania Kent, 21 December 2017
Schools nationally will see a funding cut of 1.5 to 3 percent this year.
By Margot Miller, 21 December 2017
According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1,252,000 people—including 312,000 children—were destitute at some point in 2015.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017
The marchers carried photographs of those who had perished in the Grenfell fire, and held large green heart-shaped banners and placards with slogans including “Justice for Grenfell” and “We demand the truth.”
By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2017
The aim is to conceal the fact that, half a year on, no one has been questioned about, let alone arrested for, the inferno that killed more than 70 people.
By Chris Marsden, 16 December 2017
Guidelines issued for the UK on Brexit stipulate that it must adopt all new European Union laws created during the transition period, while being excluded from any decision-making role.
By Chris Marsden, 15 December 2017
The parliamentary defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May has been hailed as proof of a majority for a “soft Brexit”—preserving at all costs full access to the Single European Market.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 December 2017
On June 14, in the wealthiest borough of one of the very richest of capital cities, working class residents were burned to death because their home had been turned into a death trap.
By Paul Bond, 14 December 2017
A new three-part documentary shows how the Grenfell Tower inferno exposed the realities of class oppression and social inequality in the most brutal way.
By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2017
In the week prior to the procedural hearings, survivors launched a petition to demand that the blatantly undemocratic nature of the inquiry be changed.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 December 2017
Under the impact of cuts to social services, falling wages and rising food prices, many working people are unable to provide themselves, and particularly their children, with a healthy diet.
By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership team has spent months persuading ruling circles that Labour can be trusted to take the reins of state.
By our reporter, 12 December 2017
Six months after the Grenfell Tower inferno, more than half of the households that require rehousing remain in temporary accommodation, including many children.
By Julie Hyland, 11 December 2017
The move by right-wing Labour MP Ian Austin is part of a cross-party effort to build pressure for a far more aggressive stance against Moscow.
By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2017
The European Union will likely allow the UK to move on to the next stage of discussion on the terms of Brexit, focusing on a future trading relationship.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017
In his budget, Tory Chancellor Hammond allocated a derisory £2.8 billon for the NHS over the next three years, under conditions in which the combined deficit of NHS trusts alone stood at £770 million last financial year.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2017
The revelations confirm Britain’s covert support of jihadi forces as proxies to topple President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
By Robert Stevens, 7 December 2017
A report into four terror attacks in the UK this year found that at least one could have been prevented—raising the question why police and the intelligence services failed to do so.
By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2017
According to Ken Clarke, Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Murdoch’s British arm, News International, said she was “running the government now in partnership with David Cameron.”
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2017
The May government has failed to reach an agreement with the European Union after seven months of acrimonious talks.
By Robert Stevens, 5 December 2017
The petition represents the first major independent challenge to the government’s plans to carry out a cover-up of the events that led to the deaths of at least 71 people.
Betrayal of UK rail workers’ fight against driver only operations reveals treacherous role of unions
By Michael Barnes, 4 December 2017
The sellout of Southern rail workers—with conductors holding 39 days of strikes and drivers many days of walkouts—demonstrates there is no line the unions will not cross.
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2017
Following Trump’s unprecedented public attack on the Prime Minister, the alliance between the two countries has never been shakier.
By Dennis Moore, 2 December 2017
A new study by the homeless charity Shelter shows widespread and pervasive homelessness across the UK, with an additional 13,000 without accommodation in the last year alone.
By Julie Hyland, 1 December 2017
The presumption of innocence until proven guilty has been jettisoned based on unsubstantiated allegations, rumour, innuendo and gossip.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 1 December 2017
The engagement has much to do with well-placed concerns in ruling circles that when the 91-year-old reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, dies, this could fuel republican sympathies.
“We’re human beings, not slaves and animals”
By Robert Stevens and John Newham, 30 November 2017
A Sunday Mirror reporter conducted a five-week undercover investigation at Amazon’s Tilbury fulfilment centre
Radical Russia: Art, Culture and Revolution
By Paul Mitchell, 30 November 2017
The curators have carefully selected objects to reflect the different fields of avant-garde art—providing a serious historical narrative about its development before and after the Bolshevik Revolution.
“The Bolshevik Revolution liberated art and artists”
By Paul Mitchell, 30 November 2017
Curator Peter Waldron spoke to the WSWS about the Radical Russia: Art, Culture and Revolution exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich and the Royal Fabergé exhibition running in parallel.
By Margot Miller, 28 November 2017
A landmark study reveals the dirty secret of austerity policies being imposed all over the world: the more money is cut, the more people are sent to an early grave.
By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2017
Average earnings of workers in 2021 are expected to be lower in real terms than in 2008.
By John Newham, 27 November 2017
As more disputes erupt, the unions are doing everything to contain the situation and oppose any united offensive by transport workers.
By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2017
The UK Electoral Commission is investigating whether the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union breached its £7 million spending limit.
By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2017
The competing factions within the British ruling elite are seeking to steer a way out of unprecedented crisis under conditions in which the entire edifice of the European Union is crumbling.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 November 2017
For the Guardian’s George Monbiot to portray the entirely valid criticisms of the official line on the Khan Sheikhoun attack in Syria as fuelling far-right conspiracy theories is politically criminal.
Letter from welfare advice worker on introduction of Universal Credit benefits
By our correspondent, 21 November 2017
The World Socialist Web Site received this submission on the introduction of Universal Credit in the UK from a welfare advice worker.
By Margot Miller, 20 November 2017
A report predicts a 4 percent national increase in children in families living in poverty, or 400,000 additional children in families with incomes of 60 percent or less of the median.
By Steve James, 18 November 2017
The report avoids any reference to the fire’s origins in national and local policy decisions, including the deregulation and privatisation of fire safety and building control, as well as fire service cuts.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2017
The sordid tale of Department for International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s fall from grace and resignation highlights the true content of Britain’s “aid” policy.
By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017
The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.
By Julie Hyland, 15 November 2017
The UK prime minister’s claims underscore how unsubstantiated allegations of Russian “interference” and “fake news” have become the refuge for crisis-ridden politicians the world over.
By our reporters, 15 November 2017
The meeting outlined the political context in which the term “fake news” is used to justify censorship.
By our reporter, 13 November 2017
Outside London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest train station, large pickets were mounted as up to half of all services were cancelled.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 November 2017
Full-time employment is now out of reach for many, with growing numbers forced into precarious part-time and self-employment.
By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2017
European Union officials have let it be known that they are making contingency plans based on Prime Minister Theresa May not surviving beyond the end of this year.
By Simon Whelan, 11 November 2017
Attempts to stifle information over the Grenfell Tower inferno come as it has been revealed that 52 London tower blocks are similarly clad in flammable material.
By Julie Hyland, 10 November 2017
Friends and colleagues denounced Sargeant’s treatment, saying that he had been “thrown to the wolves,” despite none of the allegations being subject to investigation by the police.
By Alice Summers, 9 November 2017
Twenty-seven percent of London residents live in poverty, according to a study by poverty charity Trust for London.
By Michael Barnes, 8 November 2017
Ahead of the strikes, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling declared the Conservative government’s intention to coordinate a national strike-breaking operation.
SEP national secretary proposes “Capitalism Has Failed” at St Andrews University Union Debating Society
By our reporter, 7 November 2017
Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, won substantial support for the proposition that capitalism is an “abject failure.”
By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2017
As well as facing delays in receiving the Universal Credit payments, many of those on the benefit face punitive “sanctions” aimed at cutting the pittance they receive even further.
By Julie Hyland, 3 November 2017
The sex scandal engulfing Britain’s parliament sprang to life following that involving American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017
The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.
By Ajanta Silva, 28 October 2017
214 out of 224 acute hospitals operated without an adequate level of nursing staff during day shifts last October, while 85 percent of them did not have proper staff levels on night shifts.
By Ross Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 27 October 2017
Many working class people will be forced out of a borough where 48 percent of households have either no savings or are in debt.
By our reporters, 26 October 2017
One Forum participant said the Facebook page “will be important to give a voice to the survivors, many of whose terrible experiences have still to be told.”
By Dennis Moore, 25 October 2017
According to evidence presented, Yate had been working a continual week of night shifts at a supermarket in a losing battle to try and pay off £50,000 in debts.
By our reporters, 25 October 2017
The documentary was shown on October 14 at HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, and at the Barbican Centre in London on October 22.
By Margot Miller, 24 October 2017
While profits soar to exponential heights, corporations engage in myriad complex scams to evade paying even the minimal and ever decreasing corporate taxes levied by governments.
By Dennis Moore, 23 October 2017
Job losses at Vauxhall and BAE Systems are among thousands of cuts across the UK as the economy stagnates.
By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017
London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.
By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2017
EU leaders will today inform British Prime Minister Theresa May that after five rounds of negotiations over the terms of its exit from the EU, the UK needs to make further concessions.
By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017
Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.
By Alice Summers, 14 October 2017
Economic and academic pressures on young people are exacerbated by a systemic decrease of funding for mental health counselling.
By Tom Pearce, 14 October 2017
Due to budget cuts, schools have asked for donations from businesses to provide basic necessities, resulting in further reliance on the private sector.