By Patrick O’Connor, 31 December 2019
US comedian Jimmy Dore discussed the initiative on the December 19 edition of his “Jimmy Dore Show Podcast.”
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2019
Figures compiled by NHS England found that in November the health service missed all targets for Accident and Emergency (A&E) care, operations and cancer treatment.
By Margot Miller, 31 December 2019
Had it not been for the prompt assistance of the public, the mother and children may have died on the steps of one of the world’s richest universities.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2019
Johnson put racism and Islamophobia at the heart of his election campaign, pitting Indian Hindu voters against Pakistani Muslim voters.
By Mike Head, 28 December 2019
Assange’s phone call highlights the danger that he could die in jail, effectively at the hands of the British, US and Australian governments.
By Paul Bond, 28 December 2019
Without enough authorised encampments, the proposal to allow police to seize Travellers’ caravans—their homes—and destroy their property would effectively criminalise the existence of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.
UK Public Meetings:
28 December 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding public meetings on the Labour Party’s general election debacle and the way forward for the working class based on the fight to build a new, genuinely socialist party.
By Andre Damon, 27 December 2019
Amid a global upsurge of political protests and strikes, governments all over the world are shutting down the internet in desperate bids to stem the tide of popular opposition.
By Margot Miller, 27 December 2019
Faulty washing machines, tumble dryers, cookers, fridges, freezers—everyday household items we take for granted—are turning the homes of millions into death traps.
By Barry Mason, 24 December 2019
BALPA have forced through an agreement over pay that workers previously threw out.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 December 2019
According to a recent YouGov poll, just 44 percent of Britons trust BBC news journalists to tell the truth.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
A total of 38 Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn’s instruction to oppose the bill.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019
The bogus character of all claims that this is a leadership contest between “left” and “right” is epitomised by the fact that the two most prominent Blairite challengers are Corbyn’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and his Shadow Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry.
Judge says Assange extradition hearing will take “three to four weeks” as political opposition mounts
By Laura Tiernan, 20 December 2019
Assange appeared physically unwell, but followed the proceedings carefully via videolink from Belmarsh maximum security prison.
“He is a political prisoner, not a criminal”
By Laura Tiernan, 20 December 2019
Dr. David Morgan and Dr. Marco Chiesa are among the more than 100 doctors from around the world who have issued three open letters to the UK and Australian governments protesting Assange’s brutal persecution.
By Robert Stevens, 20 December 2019
The Queen’s Speech confirms that the mantra of “Getting Brexit Done” is intimately bound up with escalating the offensive against the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 19 December 2019
Labour haemorrhaged support across the UK and among all sections of workers, young and old, from the north and south, those in favour of leaving the European Union and those for remaining.
By our reporters, 19 December 2019
Over 15,000 nurses and other health workers struck December 18 in Northern Ireland over pay and staffing.
Over 100 doctors demand Australian government act to save the life of Julian Assange “before it is too late”
By our reporters, 17 December 2019
Addressing Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the doctors write: “Should Mr Assange die in a British prison, people will want to know what you, Minister, did to prevent his death.”
17 December 2019
The following open letter has been issued to the Australian government by Doctors4Assange on behalf of more than 100 signatories.
Powerful response to call for stepped-up fight to free Assange and Manning at SEP (Australia) meeting
By our reporters, 17 December 2019
The speakers stressed that the upsurge of support for Assange and Manning was inseparable from the growth of the class struggle internationally.
Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Assange’s threatened extradition, but declares he is “not a journalist”
By Oscar Grenfell and Kevin Reed, 16 December 2019
The blog post justifying the decision to exclude Julian Assange from a list of imprisoned journalists is shot through with contradictions and double-speak.
By our reporter, 16 December 2019
The SEP's candidates reached thousands of workers and youth and was followed across Britain and internationally.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 December 2019
It is clear that the fundamental legal rights of the WikiLeaks founder and world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.
Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board, 14 December 2019
The electoral debacle suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn in the UK general election is yet another example of the political bankruptcy of what passes for the left and labour organisations.
By Chris Marsden, 13 December 2019
Johnson’s return consolidates the most right-wing government in post-war British history, with devastating consequences for the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2019
Laura Kuenssberg should have been immediately suspended pending an investigation. Instead the BBC issued a terse statement that it “does not believe it, or its political editor, has breached electoral law.”
By Jean Shaoul, 13 December 2019
The witch-hunt centres on a concerted attempt to equate opposition to Zionism and the colonial policies of the Israeli state with hatred of the Jewish people in general and the infamous and reactionary anti-Semitism of the Nazis in particular.
By Paul Bond, 12 December 2019
The publication by the Sun of an article charging that Corbyn is the centre of a “hard-left extremist network” is part of an authoritarian turn by the ruling class.
By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2019
Underlying the intensity of political conflicts is an historically unprecedented social polarisation between the classes that is now beginning to find expression in a global eruption of the class struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2019
Labour’s claim to be the only party that will defend the NHS is the main reason many support the party. But like most of its main pledges, this too is without genuine substance.
“The Socialist Equality Party has one goal and that’s what I feel most inclined toward, the class struggle”
By our reporters, 11 December 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s general election rally in London on Sunday.
By our reporter, 11 December 2019
Leech emphasised the global campaign to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prevent his extradition to the US.
“Our fight is for workers to base themselves on a socialist and internationalist perspective, one rooted in a profound concern for history and informed by its lessons”
By our reporters, 10 December 2019
Opening the rally, Thomas Scripps explained that one of the central pillars of the SEP’s election campaign is the fight to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The Dirty War on the National Health Service: John Pilger documentary “goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today”
By Jean Shaoul, 10 December 2019
Pilger’s work is a deeply passionate appeal to working people in the UK to oppose the decades-long, covert assault on the NHS by all three major parties.
By our reporter, 9 December 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) held a successful rally Sunday at the conclusion of its 2019 general election campaign.
By our reporter, 7 December 2019
Marsden told the attentive audience, “Kashmir has been a terrible victim of the partition of India on religious and communal lines.”
By Paul Bond, 6 December 2019
Labour’s proposed social housing construction programme is based on the same capitalist market that makes the lives of millions impossible.
6 December 2019
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) invites all workers and young people to attend our final election rally being held in London this Sunday December 8 at 2 p.m.
Doctors condemn failure of British government to answer letter demanding medical care for Julian Assange
By our reporters, 5 December 2019
The doctors state that “the UK government’s refusal to take the required measures to protect Mr Assange’s rights, health and dignity appears...unlawfully and unnecessarily exposes Mr Assange to potentially irreversible medical risks.”
By our reporters, 5 December 2019
The November 30 meeting was attended by representatives of voluntary and campaigning organisations. The Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties and Plaid Cymru also sent representatives.
By our reporters, 4 December 2019
At the Socialist Equality Party’s stall in Trafalgar Square, many were attracted by posters calling for Assange’s freedom.
By Robert Stevens, 4 December 2019
The strike is the longest called by the RMT union in a bitter four-year fight by rail workers to stop DOO and is the longest rail strike in British history.
By Barry Mason, 4 December 2019
Harry Dunn died near Croughton, Northamptonshire August 27 after his motorbike collided head-on with a car driven on the wrong side of the road by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a National Security Agency spy.
By Alex Lantier, 3 December 2019
NATO heads of state arrived yesterday in London for a two-day summit beginning today, 70 years after NATO’s foundation in the aftermath of World War II in 1949.
Halt the extradition of Julian Assange!
By Eric London, 3 December 2019
The surveillance violates the centuries-old right to attorney-client privilege and exposes the prosecution and extradition effort as an illegal frame-up.
By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2019
The aim of Trump and Boris Johnson is to either send Assange to the US, lock him up and throw away the key, or subject him to such psychological and physical cruelty that he dies in prison.
WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson: “If Julian is taken to that Devil’s Island across the Atlantic, his life is lost”
By Oscar Grenfell and Richard Phillips, 3 December 2019
In an interview with the WSWS, Hrafnsson stated: “The case of Julian Assange is, in all senses, the turning point. It is the biggest and the most serious attack on journalism and the free press in decades, if not 100 years.”
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2019
The brutal murder of the two young students was seized on by Boris Johnson and the pro-Tory media, with the Sunday Times leading on a promise from the prime minister to “lock terrorists up and throw away the key.”
By our reporters, 2 December 2019
The branch listened attentively as an SEP member reported the growing public concern over the plight of Assange and his declining health.
“You are the luckiest generation in history because you have the opportunity to change the world”
By our reporter, 2 December 2019
Marsden told students that Britain has the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who is being targeted because he exposed war crimes, locked up in a maximum-security prison and intends to ship him to America to face 175 years in prison.
By our reporter, 30 November 2019
The following speech was delivered by veteran investigative journalist John Pilger to a public meeting in London on November 28 at St Pancras New Church.
By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2019
David Duckenfield, former match commander of the South Yorkshire Police, was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.
Fire Brigades Union study exposes decades of deregulation and cost-cutting that led to Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 2
By Alice Summers, 30 November 2019
The FBU’s lengthy study is all the more important in the context of a concerted smear campaign by the media, the police investigation and the official Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which have set out to cover up the principal causes of the fire and shift the blame to the London Fire Brigade.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 November 2019
The surge of support for Assange is a welcome blow to the conspiracy of silence surrounding his persecution, enforced by governments, establishment parties and the corporate media around the world.
By Paul Bond, 29 November 2019
Allegations of Russian attempts to influence the UK’s 2016 EU referendum and 2017 general election reveal sharp factional disputes within the British bourgeoisie.
Fire Brigades Union study exposes decades of deregulation and cost cutting that led to Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 1
By Alice Summers, 29 November 2019
The FBU’s study is all the more important in the context of a concerted smear campaign by the media and the official Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which have set out to cover up the principal causes of the fire and shift the blame towards the London Fire Brigade and firefighters.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 November 2019
The witch hunt against Corbyn and the wider left has been made possible by Corbyn’s refusal to mobilise the hundreds of thousands who joined the Labour Party based on his pledge to oppose austerity and militarism against the Blairite right wing.
Britain's cladding crisis
By Our reporters, 28 November 2019
Most of the Chalcot Estate’s 717 homes, roughly 3,000 people, were evacuated in June 2017 after fire experts told the local council they could not guarantee the tower blocks they lived in were safe. They are still not safe.
By Laura Tiernan, 27 November 2019
An open letter by doctors urging action to save the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has received international media coverage, winning growing support among doctors.
By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2019
Hundreds of strikers mounted picket lines at university campuses at 63 institutions around the UK.
”Whether you’re in Hong Kong, Bolivia, Chile or Lebanon, in Britain or in Italy, it’s the same fight…against social inequality and social injustice”
By our reporters, 26 November 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to university workers and lecturers on the first day of the strike at 60 higher education institutions in the UK.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 November 2019
The UN meeting in May condemned Britain’s occupation of the Chagos Islands and a non-binding ruling by the International Court of Justice calling on the UK to relinquish its hold on the territory within six months.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2019
The doctors’ action marks a new stage in the struggle to free Assange because it has been taken independently by a group of professional workers, animated by profound concern for his fate and for democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 25 November 2019
More than 40,000 lecturers and other staff are striking for eight days at 60 higher education institutions from today against an onslaught on their pay, conditions and pensions.
By Michael Barnes, 23 November 2019
The WMT strike is the latest in an almost four-year battle by workers at the UK’s private rail franchises to forge a unified struggle between drivers and conductors.
By Steve James, 23 November 2019
Dorrian’s ruling is an example of class justice, upholding Serco’s interests against vulnerable, stressed and insecure people.
By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2019
It is extraordinary that, under conditions where millions of young people are seeking a socialist alternative, neither Corbyn’s foreword to the manifesto or the actual text of the 107 page document mentions the word “socialism.”
By Jean Shaoul, 22 November 2019
The BBC’s “Panorama” cited evidence surrounding the killing by UK troops of innocent and unarmed civilians.
Socialist Equality Party campaign team attends University College London strike of outsourced workers
By Thomas Scripps, 21 November 2019
The strikers, joined by many students and academic staff, occupied the University’s student centre for a rally, with speeches delivered in English and Spanish.
Striking university workers speak out: “Assange won’t be defended by the rich, it must be the working people!”
By our reporter, 21 November 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to striking outsourced workers at University College London, on Tuesday.
By Robert Stevens, 21 November 2019
The debate was proof that, in any period prior to Tony Blair’s government, Corbyn would barely be considered even a “left” reformist.
Corbyn tells British industry executives: “It’s sometimes claimed that I’m anti-business. That is complete nonsense”
By Robert Stevens, 20 November 2019
The Labour Party leader reassured the Confederation of British Industry, “You and your business have so much to gain from a Labour government.”
By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019
The British ruling class has no intention of providing even the appearance of a fair trial of Assange, after which they intend to railroad him to his persecutors in the United States.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019
An alliance between Labour and the Remain parties, and possibly some strongly pro-European Union Tories, is seen by sections of the ruling elite as an option for cancelling Brexit without handing power to a Corbyn-led Labour government.
By our reporters, 18 November 2019
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the protesters who attended Saturday’s demonstration to demand the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.
By our reporter, 18 November 2019
The SEP is waging a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.
By Steve James, 16 November 2019
After six years waiting, the verdict of a Fatal Accident Inquiry has pinned responsibility for the Clutha helicopter crash solely on the aircraft’s pilot, David Traill, who was one of those killed.
By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2019
McCluskey intervened to ensure that it is the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position that is reflected in this year’s election manifesto.
By Robert Stevens, 14 November 2019
In response to the ruling, unofficial walkouts by postal workers must be organised and linked up with other workers throughout the delivery and communication industry and other sectors coming into struggle.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 November 2019
The measure of Corbyn’s politics is that he enters his second general election at the head of the same party fundamentally that launched the 2003 war in Iraq, the 2008 bailout of the banks, and began the drive for austerity.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2019
The frenzied media campaign branding Corbyn, the Labour Party and its left-wing members above all as anti-Semitic is the “push back” demanded by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
By Margot Miller, 11 November 2019
Since 2016, pay has increased from £58.73 an hour to £63.18 for the top income earners, compared to a tiny increase from £12.71 to £12.73 an hour for those on average pay.
By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2019
Royal Mail intends to impose conditions now widespread throughout the “gig economy.” The Communication Workers Union have done everything possible to avert industrial action.
By Laura Tiernan and Chris Marsden, 8 November 2019
Williamson, a Labour Party member for 43 years, has been Corbyn’s most prominent defender against the efforts by Labour’s Blairite wing to remove him as leader.
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks for British ruling elite in his attack on Grenfell fire victims
By Robert Stevens, 7 November 2019
Everything done by the Tory government from the morning after the fire has been aimed at shielding the guilty and preventing justice from being done.
By Margot Miller, 6 November 2019
The new contract imposes flexible working, ends long-service benefits, paid tea breaks and time off during bank holidays.
Socialist Equality Party stands in UK general election: No to austerity, militarism and war! Free Julian Assange! For class struggle and socialist internationalism!
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 November 2019
The Socialist Equality Party is standing candidates in the December 12 UK general election to wage a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.
By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2019
Hundreds gathered to hear speeches by Assange’s father John Shipton and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, and a performance by rap artist M.I.A.
Ballot follows strike votes by postal workers, railway conductors, airline pilots, NHS staff
By Barry Mason, 4 November 2019
Record turnouts by hundreds of thousands of workers for industrial action reveal the extent of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's collusion with trade union bureaucrats to suppress a social explosion over the past 4 years.
By Paul Bond, 4 November 2019
The Newport Rising, as it has become known, marked an historic point in the development of the class struggle and the organisation of the working class in Britain.
By Laura Tiernan, 2 November 2019
Trump’s intervention comes less than four months after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the US government would not allow a Corbyn government to take office and would “push back” to prevent this.
By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019
Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.
By Paul Bond and Robert Stevens, 1 November 2019
The resurgence of fascistic forces in central and eastern Europe has been fuelled by the restoration of capitalism following the collapse of Stalinism three decades ago.
By Paul Bond, 1 November 2019
An Exhibition of Free Expression: Dedicated to the defence and freedom of Julian Assange was recently on view at Monkton Arts, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
By Robert Stevens, 31 October 2019
By focusing almost exclusively on the London Fire Brigade’s actions on the night, Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s inquiry deliberately transfers blame away from the real culprits.
By Robert Stevens, 30 October 2019
MPs voted to hold what will likely be the most volatile general election in post-war British history.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2019
MPs voted last night to reject Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s motion to call a snap general election on December 12.
By Robert Stevens, 28 October 2019
Many of the victims were Vietnamese, desperate to escape crushing poverty, only to die in Europe entombed in a dark container.
By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2019
Germany, Spain and Italy are all pushing for the three-month Brexit extension, while French President Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the lone opposition voice.