“This government has decided that disabled people are better off dead”
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to disability rights campaigners last weekend about the impact of coronavirus pandemic and the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” policy on the lives of disabled people.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 June 2020
The stage has been set for a law-and-order campaign, directed against anti-police violence protests involving hundreds of thousands of people.
By Robert Stevens, 15 June 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people still go to bed every night in unsafe buildings, with thousands in the “high-risk” category.
By Tony Robson, 13 June 2020
The Health and Safety Executive has not carried out any inspections of workplaces since March to reduce risks to its own staff.
By Stephen Alexander, 13 June 2020
Scotland has the third worst coronavirus death rate in the world.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 June 2020
The British government is serving notice that it has no intention of honouring domestic or international law outlawing abuse, torture and murder by its military and security forces.
By Michael Barnes, 12 June 2020
No trust can be placed in the Crown Prosecution Service. Justice depends on the independent intervention of the working class.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 June 2020
The report is an indictment of governments’ initial delays in implementing public health measures and a warning of the terrible consequences of the return to business as usual.
By Dennis Moore, 11 June 2020
The Tories feel free to abandon the pose of concern for the fate of the homeless and dump then back where they came from.
By Laura Tiernan, 11 June 2020
The involvement of Deputy Mayor of London for Transport Heidi Alexander is proof of a cover-up reaching into the office of Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
By Tom Carter and Shuvu Batta, 10 June 2020
“There are people that have been gone for weeks, and people who have been gone who never came back.”
By Robert Stevens, 10 June 2020
Tory MPs as well as Labourites denounced “thuggery” and “violent” protesters, focusing on the tearing down of the statue of a Bristol slave trader Edward Colston.
By Tania Kent, 10 June 2020
The temporary retreat is a credit to the millions of parents and educators who opposed the government and acted in defiance of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 9 June 2020
“America claims to be the ‘land of the free,’ but protesters are being denied their First Amendment rights”
By Jean Shaoul, 9 June 2020
The “Get Brexit Done/Global Britain” perspective has been exposed as a chimera.
By Paul Lee, 9 June 2020
Workers have faced threats of disciplinary action such as “wilful delay of the mail,” which can lead to instant dismissal.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2020
Since imposing a lockdown on March 23, Johnson and government ministers have proclaimed keeping the “R” rate below 1 as the precondition for ending the lockdown. But ending the lockdown continues.
By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2020
More than 100,000 people across Britain continued to protest the death of George Floyd over the weekend.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020
Today the toll of the pandemic is viewed by leading figures in the ruling elite as a supposedly natural “check” on sections of the population considered a drain on profits.
By Rory Woods and Chris Marsden, 6 June 2020
Things came to a head last week because it has become impossible for the government to maintain the charade of unity behind “our carers.”
Collaborations with Grenfell Tower Inquiry must end after corporate witnesses granted legal immunity
By Alice Summers, 6 June 2020
The attorney general announced that any statements given to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry by companies cannot be used as evidence against them in a future prosecution.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020
Every capitalist party in the world is working on behalf of the corporations to impose a reckless return to “the new normal.”
By Tania Kent, 5 June 2020
In response to a Zoom webinar held by the National Education Union on Wednesday—two days after the re-opening of schools—many educators on Facebook expressed hostility to the inaction of the union.
By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020
Unite has signed off on the Johnson government’s COVID-19 transport plan despite the serious and imminent danger it poses to drivers and the travelling public.
By Robert Stevens, 4 June 2020
Protests were marked by their multi-racial character, with attendees comments confirming that what is taking place in the US is a common experience facing millions across the globe.
By Barry Mason, 4 June 2020
The FT highlighted the fact that in absolute terms the number of excess deaths in the UK is the highest in Europe, and internationally is only second to the US.
By Joe Mount, 4 June 2020
Several call centre workers have lost their lives to COVID-19, with thousands in fear that their health and safety is being jeopardised.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 June 2020
Police violence is directed against the working class, particularly its poorest sections, and falls disproportionately on black communities.
By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2020
A petition calling for Justice for Belly now has well over half a million signatures.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 June 2020
Assange has a chronic lung condition and his health has been ruined by years of psychological torture and medical neglect.
More than half of parents defy UK school reopening:Education unions seek to demobilise popular opposition
By Chris Marsden, 2 June 2020
The Socialist Equality Party calls for the building of action committees, independent from the trade unions, to safeguard the health of children, teachers and the entire working class.
By Margot Miller, 2 June 2020
Ignoring the WHO’s announcement on January 30 that the emergence of the novel coronavirus represented a “public health emergency of international concern,” the Conservative government made no preparations to stop its spread in Britain.
By Paul Bond, 1 June 2020
Home Secretary Priti Patel introduced what ministers are describing as the biggest overhaul of terrorist sentencing and monitoring for decades.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2020
The hearings have had a farcical character, with Assange unable to participate due to coronavirus dangers and the press frequently excluded.
1 June 2020
We invite bus, rail, and tube workers to attend next Sunday’s online meeting to discuss an international strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 30 May 2020
The Johnson government is again seeking to cover up criminal inaction that has led to tens of thousands of deaths.
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 30 May 2020
The “phased” return of school children is a criminal policy that places children, teachers, families, and communities open to the risk of serious illness and death.
By Joanne Laurier, 30 May 2020
The British television miniseries, The Accident, tells the story of a decayed former mining and steel town in Wales, in which a factory under construction collapses, resulting in a horrendous tragedy.
By Robert Stevens and Ben Trent, 29 May 2020
The outbreak reveals the enormous dangers to the health and lives of National Health Service workers.
By Tony Robson, 29 May 2020
The government had insisted that only doctors, nurses, and paramedics would be made exempt from the NHS surcharge and that only their families qualified for indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence) in the event of their death.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 May 2020
Johnson used the phrase “move on” five times in 20 minutes when appearing before the Commons Liaison Committee.
By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2020
Project Birch follows on from the handing over of nearly a trillion pounds in the form of quantitative easing of £645 billion and £330 billion in business loans.
By Peter Reydt and Laura Tiernan, 28 May 2020
Eighty percent of students are worried about how they will cope financially. Even before the pandemic, soaring rents were creating social distress.
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 27 May 2020
Cummings has emerged as the near universally despised embodiment of a hated and crisis-wracked government.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 May 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.
By Paul Lee, 26 May 2020
The threat to safety in the two offices are replicated in delivery and sorting offices all over the country and internationally.
By Rory Woods, 26 May 2020
Boris Johnson and other ministers busy hailing nurses and doctors as “heroes” have again made clear they are bitter enemies of all health care workers.
By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2020
Cummings was one of the chief advocates for Britain’s “herd immunity” policy, based on the mass infection of the population with coronavirus.
By Paul Bond, 25 May 2020
The government aims to use televised play to break down public support for social distancing. The PL’s concerns are more directly financial.
By Barry Mason, 23 May 2020
The three died in different sections of Cranswick Convenience Foods factory in Wombwell, Barnsley.
By Dennis Moore, 23 May 2020
Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.
UK Labour council, Community union reject appeal to close ASOS warehouse after confirmed COVID-19 cases
By Tony Robson, 22 May 2020
The defence of ASOS workers’ lives requires a fight against the veto that such corporations enjoy over workplace safety.
”We want to be back, but not at the costs of people’s lives”
By our reporters, 22 May 2020
The WSWS spoke with teachers this week about their opposition to the Johnson government’s reopening of schools.
By Margot Miller, 21 May 2020
The jobs cull in the UK began in April as firms in retail and hospitality collapsed into administration after the imposition of lockdown, accelerating an already existing trend towards recession.
Education unions and Labour councils ready back-door imposition of Johnson government’s “back to school” plan
By Laura Tiernan, 21 May 2020
The decision to send nursery aged children—including babies and toddlers—and primary-aged students as young as 4, 5 and 6 back into schools was taken solely by Johnson and his cabinet of deranged Thatcherites.
By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2020
The Tories have long desired to replace cheap migrant labour with a native workforce so reduced to penury that they too will do backbreaking work for a pittance.
By Chris Marsden and Thomas Scripps, 20 May 2020
The reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces must be opposed until they are made safe.
20 May 2020
Sarah, who works in a primary school in south Yorkshire, wrote to the WSWS about the Johnson government’s plans to reopen UK schools from June 1.
By Simon Whelan, 20 May 2020
The pandemic has exposed how those buccaneers of the “free market” are happy to claim government welfare.
By Robert Stevens and John Stryder, 19 May 2020
Official statistics show that around 10,000 people have died in the UK’s care homes, but the real figure is at least double that.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2020
Belly Mujinga’s death produced a horrified reaction among rail workers and an outpouring of sympathy in the working class, but the deranged character of the attack also solicited an outpouring of crocodile tears from those who are ultimately responsible for creating the conditions that led to her death.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 May 2020
Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.
By Paul Lee and Thomas Scripps, 18 May 2020
Back’s departure marks the beginning of a new offensive of which the Communication Workers Union “discussions” with the company form a crucial part.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2020
TfL, which runs the London Underground, bus and rail services, faced bankruptcy, threatening the Johnson government’s efforts to restore corporate profits.
By Tania Kent and Harvey Thompson, 16 May 2020
The closure of schools is a key measure recommended by medical experts internationally to reduce the infection and death rate from the coronavirus.
By Alice Summers, 15 May 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic leading to a drop in student numbers, up to 60,000 workers could lose their jobs as universities face a £2.5 billion funding black hole.
By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2020
The offensive is being prepared as the government is attempting to force millions back to work in unsafe conditions.
By Tony Robson, 14 May 2020
The largest on-line fashion retailer in the UK has been allowed to keep its non-essential business open throughout the pandemic, including at its main warehouse and distribution centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire
By our reporter, 14 May 2020
“It all looks good on the outside (one-way system, tents with thermo-cameras), but inside they care less and less every day.”
By Laura Tiernan, 13 May 2020
Workers fear infections will soar following Sunday night’s “phased exit” announced by the Johnson government
By Richard Tyler, 13 May 2020
The publication of a version of the report in the Guardian makes clear that the Johnson government tried to hide evidence of its criminal lack of preparation.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 May 2020
The Socialist Campaign Group acknowledge the “class war” only in order to complain that Johnson is waging it rather than acting in the “national interest.”
By Thomas Scripps, 12 May 2020
Johnson could not remain in power for a week if not for the slavish support lent to it by the Trades Union Congress and Starmer’s party
By Simon Whelan, 12 May 2020
Millions of workers employed in what the ONS terms “elementary” jobs, including cleaners and low-skilled construction workers, had the highest risk of death.
By Chris Marsden, 11 May 2020
Johnson tried to portray his six-week plan as “cautious” because of the massive opposition in the working class to ending the lockdown.
By Harvey Singh, 11 May 2020
Before the lockdown, schools provided the threads of a safety net for struggling families through free school meals and breakfast clubs.
By John Stryder, 11 May 2020
A carer of an elderly family member wrote to the WSWS about the problems faced by carers during the pandemic.
By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020
The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 9 May 2020
The opposition among millions of workers and throughout the population was expressed in Thursday’s top trending hashtags #KeepTheLockdown and #extendthelockdown.
By Charles Hixson, 9 May 2020
Those remaining on London’s streets face increased deprivation, as normal sources of food from distributors and food kitchens have gone.
By our reporters, 9 May 2020
The UK has registered the highest number of fatalities in Europe from the virus, including at least 200 health and social care workers.
“The Fight for Our Lives” online rally
By Thomas Scripps, 9 May 2020
What is meant by “unity” and “solidarity” is in fact an effort to subordinate workers to Labour and the unions by concealing their rotten dealings with employers and the government.
By David Walsh, 9 May 2020
Tony Johnson (Gervais) is devastated by the death of his beloved wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) from breast cancer. He finds it difficult to carry on with life and frequently contemplates suicide.
By Alice Summers, 8 May 2020
Inquests into medical worker deaths from coronavirus will not address government failure to provide personal protective equipment, even as many health care workers still lack adequate equipment.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 7 May 2020
The furlough scheme is being ended with workers facing either going back into work in unsafe conditions, in the middle of a deadly pandemic, or losing their jobs.
By Stephen Alexander, 7 May 2020
Data based on death notifications directly from care homes recorded 6,391 COVID-19 fatalities between April 10 and May 1.
By Julia Callaghan, 7 May 2020
In recent days, four conglomerates based in Britain and Ireland—British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Rolls-Royce and Ryanair—have announced they will be laying off a combined 26,000 workers.
By Laura Tiernan, 7 May 2020
The pseudo-left are seeking to prevent workers from making a break with Labour and the unions and turning to a socialist perspective.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2020
Deaths reach record levels as thousands of new coronavirus cases continue to be reported daily in Britain—with another 4,406 yesterday and a total of 194,990.
By Chris Marsden, 6 May 2020
The attempt by Labour and the trade unions to feign concern for the working class is laughable, given that they have functioned in a de facto national unity government with the Tories.
By Julie Hyland, 6 May 2020
Social care provision in the UK increasingly resembles that of the Victorian period when the lives and wellbeing of millions depended on philanthropy.
By Richard Tyler, 6 May 2020
While the FTSE 100 index plummeted in early March, losing over 2,000 points, it has already gained 1,000 points since the injection of vast sums of public money into the private sector.
By Chris Marsden, 6 May 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “herd immunity” policy has cost the lives of tens of thousands in the UK, with the government lying about the real death rate, and doing nothing to prevent the spread of infection.
By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020
The British state continues to obstruct both Assange’s ability to conduct his defence and journalists’ ability to report on the case in detail.
By our reporter, 5 May 2020
Many workers responded with hostility to the CWU’s announcement accepting the ending of Saturday letter deliveries and calling off threatened industrial action.
UK postal worker: “Royal Mail are getting what they want and the Communication Workers Union is allowing it—the union really is useless”
5 May 2020
This letter was sent by a postal worker to the SEP (UK) in response to the CWU claiming to have forced Royal Mail Group to back down from plans to end permanently Saturday deliveries, which would cost 20,000 jobs.
Scientists set up independent committee to challenge UK government’s COVID-19 response: “there is no transparency”
By Laura Tiernan, 5 May 2020
Professor David King pointed to daily media briefings with scientists standing alongside government ministers, stating “that is very different from being free to say what your advice is.”
By Alice Summers, 4 May 2020
The new Nightingale facilities were meant to provide overflow capacity to overwhelmed hospitals, but patients have been turned away due to a lack of suitable equipment or staff.
By Steve James, 4 May 2020
Journalist Craig Murray could face up to two years in jail following his reporting of the trial of former SNP leader Alex Salmond.
By Tony Robson, 4 May 2020
The struggle by ASOS workers has demonstrated that they cannot rely on the local authority, state bodies or the unions for protection.