How Royal Bournemouth Hospital management put patient and staff safety in jeopardy: A frontline nurse explains
6 February 2021
Hospital management pretended that they could look after Covid and non-Covid patients along with other elective patients, without adequate staff and resources. This has failed miserably, with severe consequences.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 January 2021
A growing number of strikes in Britain point to the growing demands in the working class for living standards and working conditions to be defended.
By Robert Stevens, 22 January 2021
Boris Johnson’s government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.
Landmark victory for Smart Motorways Kill campaign as coroner rules Jason Mercer and Alexandru Murgeanu were unlawfully killed
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2021
The ruling is a devastating blow against Highway England’s campaign to defend “smart motorways.”
By Paul Bond, 21 January 2021
Sharp’s appointment demonstrates that the BBC’s long and carefully constructed fiction of impartiality is now increasingly rejected by the ruling class, who want more open support for their anti-democratic and repressive measures, and less airing of dissent and criticism.
By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2021
This is being justified by citing a vaccination programme with only four million people having received the first dose of a required two doses. The population of the UK is over 66 million.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2021
The sum total of Corbyn’s position—of the man built up by the pseudo-left for years as a socialist messiah—is “Please Sir Keir! Throw me a bone!”
By Harvey Thompson, 19 January 2021
Prior to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s January 4 lockdown announcement, the government had even threatened legal action against those schools intending to close due to high infection rates.
By Paul Bond, 19 January 2021
Stephen Parker, medical director of the island’s National Health Service Trust, warned, “If the NHS is going to be overwhelmed, it is going to be in the next two to four weeks.”
By Julie Hyland, 18 January 2021
The British government has been at pains to downplay the January 6 coup attempt by outgoing US President Donald Trump, sections of the military intelligence complex and their fascist supporters.
By Rory Woods, 16 January 2021
Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.
British government rejected visa-free EU touring for musicians to bolster hostile immigration policy
By Paul Bond, 16 January 2021
Musicians and promoters made it clear that the devastating impact of this move will not only be felt by current performers, but also be an obstacle to emerging performers in the future.
By Robert Stevens, 15 January 2021
The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War
By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2021
Callinicos and the Socialist Workers Party have spent months minimising the threat from Trump, despite mounting evidence that he was planning a coup.
By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2021
Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic
By Will Morrow, 14 January 2021
Scientists are warning that the pandemic is entering into an even more catastrophic stage than anything that has preceded it.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 January 2021
The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown
By Our reporter, 13 January 2021
The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.
By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2021
Deaths from COVID-19 as measured by the government have passed the grim milestone of 80,000, but the true number of deaths in Britain from the disease is almost 100,000.
By Simon Whelan, 12 January 2021
£2.3 million was spent on forcibly removing 225 people to European countries in July, August and September this year—double the amount spent on deportation flights in the previous quarter
By Margot Miller, 11 January 2021
The wealthiest one percent owns 23 percent, almost one quarter of the country’s aggregate wealth, rather than 18 percent stated by the government.
As UK death toll mounts, Corbyn and teaching unions suppress opposition to Johnson government’s murderous policies
By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2021
National Education Union joint leader Courtney pleaded that his union had done everything to keep schools open. “My union supported the opening of schools in September”, he said.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2021
Gas workers face a terrible decline in living standards if these conditions are imposed throughout British Gas. They are not just fighting the company but face staunch opponents in the union bureaucracy.
By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2021
Scientists advising the government warned this week that the death toll will reach 100,000 before the end of the month.
By Will Morrow, 8 January 2021
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread out of control throughout the European continent, the program of vaccination organized by the European Union is already widely recognized to be a debacle.
Emergency statement by the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 8 January 2021
At least 12 staff have been diagnosed with COVID in recent days, including up to ten bus drivers, a manager and the garage’s full time Unite Health and Safety Rep
By Thomas Scripps, 7 January 2021
Judge Baraitser said in her decision Wednesday, “As far as Mr Assange is concerned, this case has not yet been won.”
By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2021
While the UK’s Ministry of Defence has listed a staggering 516 potential International Humanitarian Law violations by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the real number is far higher.
By Nick Barrickman, 7 January 2021
Daniel Dumile was most respected and admired for the series of albums he released as the masked rap artist MF Doom.
By Barry Mason, 7 January 2021
A third lockdown is now underway and the Conservative government has committed no more funding to deal with the homeless crisis and consigned its Everyone In scheme to the scrapheap.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2021
At a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to acknowledge that more than 1.1 million people now had the virus in England.
By our reporters, 6 January 2021
“We demand that all legal proceedings be dropped and that he be released from prison, and only then will his psychological torture finally end.”
By Robert Stevens, 5 January 2021
The lockdown is not as stringent as that imposed last March, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that people should go to work if they cannot work at home to keep profits rolling in for the major corporations.
“Every journalist should be concerned about what was said today in court. Because the political arguments provided by the United States were upheld by the British judicial system”
By Our reporters, 5 January 2021
Assange’s closest associates hailed the court’s decision as a victory but warned that the fight to secure his freedom was far from over.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 January 2021
A political decision has been reached that upholds the threat to democratic rights represented by the prosecution’s case, leaves Assange in danger of continued persecution, and demands the intensification of the campaign to secure his freedom.
With 4,500 deaths in just eight days and nearly 400,000 new Covid cases
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2021
Schools have been a major vector for the spread of COVID-19, worsened by a new and more contagious variant of the disease.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2020
In a world far removed from this death and suffering, the parties of the ruling class were engaged in a day long ratification of the Brexit treaty agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government with the European Union.
Freedom of Information request reveals surge of COVID-19 infections among London bus, rail and tube workers
By Laura Tiernan, 31 December 2020
Transport for London’s response has revealed the extent of COVID-19 exposure across the capital’s transport network.
By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2020
Building the necessary campaign in the working class requires a political reckoning with the forces that have worked to isolate Assange—the media and civil rights organisations of the petty-bourgeois “liberal” fraternity, the pseudo-left and the trade union and Labour bureaucracy.
By Robert Stevens, 30 December 2020
Hospitals are being overwhelmed with a number having to declare emergencies. Moreover, the surge in infections threatens to overwhelm a vaccine rollout taking place at a snail’s pace.
Open letter from London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee
Miles Driver, 29 December 2020
Despite the preventable deaths of 35 London bus workers, a new wave of infections has struck, with information about garage outbreaks deliberately concealed in the interests of “operational efficiency”, i.e., profits.
By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2020
Ultimately, the deal does nothing other than set the short-term parameters for the ongoing conflict between the UK and the European Union.
By Will Morrow, 29 December 2020
The spread of the new strain of the virus intersects with the European governments’ criminal refusal of measures to stop the pandemic that would cut corporate profits.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2020
On Tuesday, 691 more people were announced dead from the virus. Yesterday this was topped with 744 deaths reported, the highest total since April 29.
By Ioan Petrescu, 24 December 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with representatives of the rent strikes that began at the University of London and Goldsmiths University earlier this month.
By Statement of the UK Educator’s Rank-and-File Safety Committee:, 24 December 2020
The protection of children and educators can only develop as part of an independent movement of the working class in a struggle against the capitalist profit system, which sacrifices the safety and basic needs of workers to the profit drive of the ruling elite.
By Benjamin Mateus, 23 December 2020
The new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK highlights the importance of bringing the pandemic under strict control.
By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2020
As at every other stage in this pandemic, the Johnson government had ample time to take the necessary measures required to save lives and avoid a catastrophic situation. Yet they did nothing.
By Laura Tiernan, 23 December 2020
The groundswell of support for Judith Katera across the garages must now be organised in direct opposition to Unite and the transport companies. She must not be left to fight alone!
UK: Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff respond to frontline nurse’s exposure of dangerous working conditions
By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 23 December 2020
Posted on the NHS FightBack Facebook group page, the letter was read by hundreds of people and widely shared. It was also shared to various NHS based campaign groups across Facebook.
By Thomas Scripps, 22 December 2020
Amid a deadly catastrophe unparalleled in Europe since the end of the Second World War, the UK and the EU governments are locked in an intractable struggle for economic and political advantage.
Countries impose UK travel restrictions as more infectious COVID-19 strain threatens to spread worldwide
By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2020
Even if the spread of the mutation is limited, it is already active on the continent and is only one of thousands of mutations worldwide—some of which have similar characteristics.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 December 2020
In the course of his career, le Carré was able to draw from his experiences during and after the Cold War to attract millions of readers with his carefully researched spy novels.
By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2020
With hospitals already overwhelmed throughout the world, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain and is leading to a major surge in infections.
By Julie Hyland, 21 December 2020
The former Labour Party leader made clear to Jacobin, “This isn’t a new political party, but a space in which people can come together.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020
No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 December 2020
It is the responsibility of the working class, organised on its own independent political programme, to put an end to the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 December 2020
The imperialist powers that orchestrated criminal wars are determined that they should never be brought to account for their war crimes.
By Julia Callaghan, 18 December 2020
Several recent reports have exposed the shocking scale of poverty in the UK, as years of austerity and attacks on workers’ living standards are being compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
According to workers at the Battersea depot, the former Health and Safety rep was sacked last week by Abellio after she exposed alleged fraud by a former Unite convenor who was reportedly close to management.
By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2020
The “COVID-19 Marmot Review” substantiates a growing body of analysis that the disease impacts most severely on the working class.
As pandemic rages
By Thomas Scripps, 16 December 2020
The dangers posed by keeping schools open worsen daily. London has been leading a renewed national surge of infections since the partial November national lockdown was ended.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2020
Every one of London’s 32 boroughs is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2020
Melzer’s statement was issued amid a major coronavirus outbreak in Belmarsh Prison, that threatens the WikiLeaks publisher’s life, and in the lead-up to a ruling on his extradition to the United States.
14 December 2020
On December 14, 1970, Polish workers in the port city of Gdansk walked off the job protesting the announcement by the Stalinist government, led by Władysław Gomułka, that there would be a major increase in food and fuel prices.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2020
The decision was made after hours of talks over the weekend in Brussels.
Johnson and Macron governments step up collaboration in persecution of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
By Simon Whelan, 12 December 2020
These extremely vulnerable people are fleeing from the wars, fratricidal conflicts, and economic and ecological destruction created and exacerbated by the world’s imperialist powers, foremost in Europe by Britain and France.
Frontline nurse at UK’s Poole Hospital Trust speaks out about unsafe working conditions amid surge of COVID-19
By our reporter, 12 December 2020
“Many staff have contracted the virus in our hospital because we don’t have enough protection.”
By Henry Lee, 11 December 2020
Thousands of students have joined rent strikes at Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and universities across London.
By Tom Pearce, 11 December 2020
Using the Coronavirus Act, the education secretary can “give temporary continuity directions requiring schools to take certain actions, including staying open”.
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2020
The main areas of disagreement are over trade issues and ensuring a level playing field (LPF).
Senior executive of firm supplying combustible insulation for Grenfell Tower told builders they were mistaking him for “someone who gives a damn”
By Charles Hixson, 10 December 2020
Three directors of Kingspan sold their share options before November 5 testimony at the Grenfell Inquiry concerning their knowledge of creating hazardous products and subsequent dishonest marketing.
By Margot Miller, 10 December 2020
The strike called off by the NEU would have been the first official Covid-related strike in the UK since the spring, as pressure from educators and parents mounts to close unsafe schools.
By Thomas Scripps, 9 December 2020
In attempting to avoid a “no deal”, both the UK and the European Union are balancing their predatory interests against volatile domestic and international situations.
By Laura Tiernan and Miles Driver, 9 December 2020
Rossi’s claim that Unite can be made accountable has burst like a soap bubble, but all they can offer is more of the same, promoting the chimera that the trade unions can be reformed.
By Barry Mason, 9 December 2020
The 100 Unite union members at the plant voted by a 73 percent majority for action, following months of fruitless negotiations.
By Robert Stevens, 9 December 2020
Despite the immense significance for mankind of the availability of the drug—and promising developments with other vaccines coming on stream—its ability to save lives given its 90 to 95 percent effectivity rate against COVID-19, is being undermined by Britain’s ruling elite in their drive to keep the economy open and make profits.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 December 2020
Undercover officers were told to undermine the campaign for “a better investigation” into the murder of Stephen Lawrence by digging up “dirt” and “disinformation”.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2020
Earlier this year, Mali witnessed months of protests against the French occupation, launched in 2013, and the ethnic massacres between rival militias that Paris tolerates, and uses to divide and rule the country.
By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2020
Silence on the criminal role of the Labour and trade union bureaucracy is fundamental to the purpose of the People's Assembly. Though it presents itself as a “grassroots” movement, it is the construct of pro-capitalist tendencies, hostile to socialism and the working class
By Jean Shaoul, 7 December 2020
Twenty-five thousand jobs are threatened with the collapse of Arcadia, which operates 500 retail chain stores and Debenhams which runs 124 stores.
By Henry Lee, 5 December 2020
Boris Johnson’s government is attempting to rubbish any conclusion that teaching is a high-risk occupation, using a combination of manipulated statistics and outright lies.
By Margot Miller, 5 December 2020
Doctors, nurses and health care assistants in the UK say hospitals are at breaking point and warn that the Conservative government’s ending of the national lockdown will fuel a new wave of infections and hospital admissions.
By Richard Tyler, 5 December 2020
The force of the blast, at a Geneco water recycling centre in Avonmouth, was so great that one of the bodies was recovered from a lake 150 metres away.
By Tony Robson, 4 December 2020
The British ruling elite is exploiting an economic crisis of their own making to restructure economic and social relations, funnelling more wealth to the oligarchy. The Labour Mayor and trade unions are fully complicit in this criminal enterprise.
By Margot Miller, 4 December 2020
Half the schools in Stockport anticipate going into deficit budgets this year as they struggle with the extra costs incurred by the pandemic.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 December 2020
Sunak occupies, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself, the most important position in UK politics in determining public policy choices to favour the super-rich, at the expense of the vast majority
Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020
Workers and parents must have the right to decide which political programme and perspective they wish to adopt or discuss and debate. Blocking access to this through censorship is a reactionary tool to silence opposition.
By Harvey Singh, 3 December 2020
“Workers overwhelmingly oppose this calculated endangering of human life, but Labour and the trade unions are working systematically to prevent this opposition gaining a political voice and leadership.”
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 December 2020
As the leadership prepares mass expulsions, in the face of these outrages, Corbyn is again refusing to fight and allowing those who try to do so on his behalf to be persecuted.
Letter from a Bournemouth Hospital frontline nurse sparks broader discussion on conditions facing NHS workers in UK
By our reporter, 3 December 2020
The letter was publicised by NHS FightBack, an initiative of the Socialist Equality Party, and then shared widely on social media, including on a number of National Health Service Facebook campaign groups.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 December 2020
The Labour MPs led by Jeremy Corbyn signing the letter of protest are only attempting to distance themselves from their party’s own anti-democratic agenda without making any real challenge to it
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2020
Johnson was ultimately able to win the vote by a large majority thanks to most of Labour’s 200 MPs abstaining, with Starmer abiding by his cynical pledge to only “constructive” opposition to the government.
By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2020
The government is to end a lockdown that, despite its partial character and schools and workplaces remaining open, has cut coronavirus infections cases by a third.
Private sector and Conservative Party cronies reap over £17 billion in government contracts during pandemic
By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2020
At least 15 companies handed contracts without tendering or oversight had connections to the Conservative government in what is being described as a “chumocracy”.
By Danny Knightley, 28 November 2020
As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.
By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2020
The council has outlined spending cuts demanding hundreds of job losses and will “stop delivering some services that we know our communities find valuable.”
By John Newham, 27 November 2020
Several British artists and performance technicians spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the pandemic on them and their work.
By Paul Bond, 27 November 2020
The initial wage furlough scheme made no provision for self-employed and freelance workers, who make up the bulk of arts workers. When the government did eventually introduce its Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, many artists did not benefit.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 27 November 2020
Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of “herd immunity”.