By Margot Miller, 31 July 2018
Thirteen months after the Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 72 people, tens of thousands throughout the UK are still residing in tower blocks covered in flammable cladding.
By Steve James, 31 July 2018
A report from the British House of Lords committee has revealed the use of teenagers, including those under 16, as undercover agents for the police and intelligence services.
An exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery
By Paul Mitchell and Margot Miller, 31 July 2018
Until the end of this year, the Manchester Art Gallery exhibition Painting Light and Hope is showing 36 paintings of forgotten Victorian artist Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933), a native of the city.
By Alice Summers, 30 July 2018
Vital public facilities are being lost to working-class communities, while selling formerly council-owned parks and squares restricts right of access to previous public spaces.
By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 28 July 2018
The attack on Corbyn and his supporters centres on measures that would criminalise criticism of the State of Israel for its persecution of the Palestinians as a form of anti-Semitism
By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2018
Behind the actions of the police officers involved, Joy’s killing was the result of deliberate government policy.
By the International Communist Party (July 1 1995), 28 July 2018
The World Socialist Web Site is republishing here the July 1, 1995 statement by the International Communist Party—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)—calling for the formation of a Workers’ Inquiry into the death of Jamaican mother Joy Gardner.
By Paul Bond, 27 July 2018
The video accompanying Lowkey’s song, “Ghosts of Grenfell 2,” ends with powerful shots of survivors and local residents holding banners demanding answers from the political elite and companies responsible for manufacturing and overseeing the fitting of Grenfell Tower’s flammable cladding.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2018
Under conditions of a worsening crisis for Theresa May’s Conservative government, Corbyn sought to reassure business that Labour was the party it could trust to navigate troubled waters ahead.
By Tom Holling, 26 July 2018
South Western Railway is Britain’s busiest commuter train network and transports more than 4 million passengers a week in and out of London Waterloo.
By our reporters, 25 July 2018
WSWS reporters interviewed Latin American migrants and exiles condemning the new President’s abandonment of Julian Assange.
By Julie Hyland, 25 July 2018
Not only has the government abandoned blanket opposition to the death penalty, but it has also overturned its publicly stated opposition to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
By Alice Summers, 25 July 2018
It is an indictment of the police investigation that no arrests have been made and no charges laid for the social murder of 72 people.
By Steve James, 24 July 2018
Ryanair pilots based in Ireland are to hold a third 24-hour strike today, while on Wednesday and Thursday, Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain are also due to strike in a coordinated action.
By Paul Bond, 24 July 2018
By 2022, more than 7 million households are due to move onto Universal Credit, which has a built-in delay period and is paid in arrears after assessment of income.
Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”
By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018
“I say defend Julian, not just because I’m his mother, but as a citizen and someone who believes in democracy and freedom.”
By Mike Head, 23 July 2018
Plans are afoot to subject the WikiLeaks editor to lengthy imprisonment by the British authorities, pending extradition to the US.
By Laura Tiernan, 23 July 2018
A fight is only possible if workers break free from the grip of the Unite union, whose strategy consists of dividing workers on a company by company basis.
By our reporters, 23 July 2018
On Saturday, campaigners from the Socialist Equality Party distributed a statement in support of the Sheffield Stagecoach Supertram workers, revealing strong support among workers, young people and pensioners for the strike.
By Robert Stevens, 21 July 2018
The call for a national unity coalition seeks to address fears that May’s downfall could end in the election of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Margot Miller, 21 July 2018
In the UK, asylum seekers are incarcerated without due process at the whim of the Home Office, with no idea when they might be released.
By Steve James, 20 July 2018
Despite incessant media hysteria over “novichok,” no evidence has been presented to back the claim of a second round of poisonings in Salisbury, England.
By Tony Robson, 20 July 2018
Through its passive approach to the blatant intimidation being meted out to its members, Unite is signalling that it remains the most reliable option in blocking a resurgence of militant opposition in its ranks.
By Julie Hyland, 19 July 2018
The brutal assault on Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union by fascist thugs on Saturday is an outrage.
By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2018
May’s attempted compromise over Brexit has blown up, due not simply to events in Britain, but also to the antagonisms between the US and Europe.
By our reporter, 17 July 2018
The narrative being developed by the police is that a “container” of novichok was likely discarded by Russian state-sponsored agents who had attempted to assassinate double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2018
Media reports point to the ongoing conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assange’s political asylum in violation of international law.
By our reporters, 16 July 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to anti-Trump protesters in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Meanwhile, protests continued in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday.
By Chris Marsden, 14 July 2018
Friday’s protests by hundreds of thousands of people in London made clear that masses of workers throughout the world despise Trump and everything he stands for.
UK mass protests against Trump:
“The Labour Party here and Democratic Party in the US have left a void and the right-wing are trying to fill it”
By our reporters, 14 July 2018
The turnout at the UK protests showed the extent of popular opposition to the anti-democratic and fascistic policies of the Trump presidency.
By Barry Mason, 14 July 2018
Firefighters put themselves at risk by going into flats to search for people without water and negotiating the lower floors without using their breathing apparatuses to conserve them for higher floors.
By Chris Marsden, 14 July 2018
The Socialist Workers Party’s aim is to promote the “progressive” credentials of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and of the Trades Union Congress.
By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2018
Trump’s performance at the NATO Summit confirmed that the failure of May’s compromise over Brexit is rooted in the growing antagonisms between the imperialist powers.
What does it really mean to “Stop Trump?” The working class must be mobilised against capitalism and for socialism
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 July 2018
This statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) is being distributed today at demonstrations in London and other towns and cities in the UK against US President Donald Trump.
By Alice Summers, 12 July 2018
The consequence of the burdens of stress, debt and lack of prospects, combined with poor access to mental health treatment, is a sharp rise in mental health problems and suicides among young people.
Statement by the Grenfell Fire Forum, 12 July 2018
Whitstable House is known as the “tower next door” to Grenfell, which was destroyed on June 14, 2017 in the inferno that claimed 72 lives.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2018
US President Trump has made no secret of his hostility to the EU and desire to weaken what he considers a rival trade bloc, including by supporting Brexit and imposing sanctions.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 July 2018
The theory advanced by the government is that “Russia has committed an attack on British soil which has seen the death of a British citizen.”
By Chris Marsden, 10 July 2018
Unlike David Davis, who stressed that he remained loyal to Theresa May, Johnson quit in a manner designed to inflict maximum damage to the prime minister.
By Thomas Scripps, 10 July 2018
In marked contrast to the hospitalisation of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, the fatality of Dawn Sturgess—apparently also through “novichok” poisoning—has met with a more muted response.
Resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis prompts talk of leadership contest, British general election
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 July 2018
Fear of triggering a general election is all that continues to hold the Tory party together, such is the depth of the rift over Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 7 July 2018
The parliamentary Defence Committee said that military spending must rise by 50 percent—an additional £20 billion per year—to protect Britain’s position within NATO.
By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2018
The circumstances surrounding the latest accusations are as dubious and baseless as those initially made regarding the March 4 incident involving double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
By Steve James, 5 July 2018
The sheer number of abuse and torture cases testifies to a level of criminal depravity far greater than previously admitted.
By Simon Whelan, 5 July 2018
The measures create a two-tier and entirely arbitrary system, whereby families are to be made homeless simply because they live in a council home.
By Barry Mason, 4 July 2018
Stanislaw Skupian is a victim of vindictive class justice, punished for his poverty and for problems that spiralled out of his control.
By Robert Stevens, 4 July 2018
The Labour leader praised Syriza only days after it enforced the latest round of austerity and pledged further services to the EU’s vicious anti-migrant measures.
By Paul Bond, 3 July 2018
The treatment of firefighter Dowden at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry points again to attempts to shift responsibility for the events of June 14, 2017 onto the very people who faced impossible odds to control the escalating blaze.
By Alice Summers, 3 July 2018
The inquest found that the brutal and unnecessary assault on Charles, who was unarmed and unknown to the police, was a “justified use of force” and that his tragic death was nothing more than an “accident.”
By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 2 July 2018
Despite their occasional holiday speeches pledging to defend the NHS, neither the Labour Party nor the trade unions have lifted a finger to prevent its evisceration.
“I believe the NHS is the greatest thing about British society”
By our reporters, 2 July 2018
Socialist Equality Party members and supporters spoke to people attending Saturday’s demonstration marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the UK’s National Health Service.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2018
William’s visit was a very visible signal of Britain’s endorsement of Israel’s brutal suppression of the Palestinians and of the arch-criminal Netanyahu himself.
By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2018
While framed around Brexit, the underlying impulse of the joint statement between the union federations and business groups is the developing trade war between the United States and the European Union.
By Trevor Johnson, 30 June 2018
Fire safety specialist, Dr. Barbara Lane, testifies to Grenfell inquiry that safety systems were either compromised or completely absent.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)
30 June 2018
No confidence can be placed in the trade unions or the Labour Party to reverse NHS underfunding and privatisation, much less defend the principle of socialised health care.
By Paul Bond, 29 June 2018
More than 200 families must leave their homes in Broadwater Farm, north London, as their tower blocks are at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion or even a vehicle impact.
By our reporters, 29 June 2018
A councillor from the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group was met with hostility from angry residents who shouted her remarks were “rubbish” and called her a “liar.”
By Thomas Scripps, 28 June 2018
The suicides of three Eritrean teenage refugees in the UK in just six months tragically demonstrates the human cost of Europe’s “border security.”
By James Cogan, 28 June 2018
Leading Democratic senators, including Diane Feinstein and Mark Warner, have declared they are “extremely concerned about Ecuador providing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”
By Trevor Johnson, 27 June 2018
The inquiry is revealing how unsafe Grenfell Tower was for human habitation on the night of June 14, 2017, due to the actions of the local council and corporations.
By Steve James, 27 June 2018
As the Home Office scheme currently stands, EU citizens will be required to carry identity cards, which have never been enforced in Britain.
Three months on: Oxford Union refuses to tell truth about why whistleblowing panel debate is censored
By Zach Reed, 26 June 2018
The only explanation for deciding not to publish the video is that ex-CIA operative David Shedd demanded its suppression.
the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 June 2018
Events at the University and College Union prove that the union bureaucracy is unanswerable for its actions and unaccountable to its members.
By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2018
The pro-European Union march was presented as a “grassroots” movement to conceal its main agenda of facilitating the interests of powerful sections of big business.
By Tom Pearce, 23 June 2018
Despite the rhetoric from union representatives, no fight is being waged against the ongoing privatisation of education.
By Margot Miller, 23 June 2018
The campaign aimed to highlight the decades-long infiltration by undercover police into political, environmental and animal rights groups.
Grenfell fire: Local resident Joe Delaney speaks out against attack by Andrew O’Hagan on those seeking justice
By Alice Summers, 23 June 2018
In this interview, Joe Delaney replies to O’Hagen’s essay that demonizes local activists, residents and firefighters, and offers hymns of praise to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, who played a critical role in turning Grenfell Tower into a death trap.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 June 2018
Millions of workers will face large tax increases to pay for any increased funding for the NHS.
By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2018
With the May government beholden to its pro-Brexit wing, there is a stepped-up effort to use Labour as the political vehicle for preventing Britain’s exit from the European Union.
By Barry Mason, 21 June 2018
Instead of a campaign to mobilise its 22,000 members employed by Rolls-Royce to fight the cuts, Unite will facilitate whatever restructuring the company demands.
By our reporters, 21 June 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those attending Tuesday evening’s vigil in London for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2018
Workers and youth nationally suffer the same devastating austerity, cost-cutting, and deregulation policies, including cuts to local fire services, as those who lived in Grenfell.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Some of those attending the rally marking the first anniversary of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire spoke to reporters from the World Socialist Web Site to express their outrage over the continuing cover-up of the tragedy.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 June 2018
The deal between the UK government and Belhaj was aimed at preventing any further embarrassing disclosures about the government’s collusion with Islamist forces.
Socialist Equality Party leader Julie Hyland speaks at London vigil to demand freedom for Julian Assange
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Around 200 people, including workers, youth and retirees, attended a vigil outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London Tuesday evening to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 June 2018
The purpose of the deal between the UK government and Belhaj was to prevent any further embarrassing disclosures about the government’s collusion with Islamist forces at home and abroad.
By our reporters, 19 June 2018
Leading up to today’s vigil at the Ecuador Embassy in London, the SEP in Britain has been contacted with messages of support, demanding freedom for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 18 June 2018
The Grenfell Fire Forum met just three days after commemorations to mark the first anniversary of the inferno.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2018
Socialist Equality Party (UK) Assistant National Secretary Julie Hyland addressed recent public meetings in England, Scotland and Ireland titled “War, lies and censorship: For the building of a socialist anti-war movement.”
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2018
SEP campaigners won a warm response to the WSWS Perspective on the anniversary of the fire, distributed along with a statement calling for attendance at the June 19 vigil to demand the freedom of Julian Assange.
Grenfell Silent Marchers speak
By our reporters, 16 June 2018
Attendees at the Silent March on June 14 in commemoration of Grenfell fire victims spoke to the WSWS.
By Simon Whelan, 16 June 2018
The personal information held by MI5 on 20,000 British “suspected” citizens is to be declassified and shared with local authorities, police “and others.”
Brexit crisis intensifies as “Remain” Tories reject bogus compromise on parliament having “meaningful vote”
By Chris Marsden, 15 June 2018
Divisions within the Tories were matched by those in Labour, as 90 Labour MPs rebelled against leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Alice Summers, 15 June 2018
The Tower was written by Andrew O’Hagan, the same individual who did a hatchet job on Julian Assange’s life in 2011.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 14 June 2018
The refusal of the ruling elite to pursue the real criminals guilty of the Grenfell atrocity is in stark contrast to their determination to silence anyone fighting to establish the truth about events.
14 June 2018
A leading member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media and of the Media on Trial organisation, Robinson has opposed regime change wars in the Balkans and the Middle East
By Barry Mason, 13 June 2018
The latest threats to retail jobs come on top of mounting closures and retrenchments in the retail and food industry.
13 June 2018
The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 June 2018
The Guardian is acutely aware of the widespread and entirely healthy scepticism towards anything the government says on the Skripal case.
Sheila Coombes, Professor Tim Hayward and journalist Vanessa Beeley demand freedom for Julian Assange
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
Three prominent individuals associated with the Media on Trial group have sent statements to the World Socialist Web Site supporting the campaign to free Julian Assange.
By Steve James, 9 June 2018
The escalation of tensions risks becoming a conflict not only between England, Scotland and Wales, but between London and Brussels.
By Paul Bond, 9 June 2018
The announcement is part of a cover-up by the authorities, aimed at shifting responsibility away from those responsible for the disaster onto those who attempted to stop the blaze—the firefighters.
By Paul Bond, 8 June 2018
Manufacturer Arconic, which produced the Reynobond PE panels used at Grenfell Tower, accepted that the cladding “was not of limited combustibility,” and that this “should have been obvious to any construction professional.”
By Thomas Scripps, 7 June 2018
The February 27 event is not being censored on legal grounds or on the basis that “sensitive information” has been revealed, but because it is deemed necessary to suppress critical opposition to the US security apparatus and its activities.
6 June 2018
“Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being defined by the treatment of Julian Assange.”
By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2018
As of 2017, one in four adults in the UK each year could expect to suffer some form of mental illness; three quarters of these begin before a person reaches his or her 18th birthday.
the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 June 2018
Workers and young people must demand that the Conservative government of Theresa May end its persecution of Assange, drop the bail-related issues against him and allow him to leave the embassy and, if he chooses, the UK, without fear of arrest.
6 June 2018
The following statement was sent by journalist and filmmaker Antony Loewenstein, a consistent defender of WikiLeaks.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2018
Assange is not only being censored, but faces imminent danger of being forced into the hands of his persecutors.
5 June 2018
The Courage Foundation, which raises funds for the legal defence of persecuted whistleblowers and journalists, has endorsed protests and vigils in defence of Julian Assange later this month.