Britain

Strike by London bus workers at RATP Dev wins widespread support

By Tony Robson, 26 February 2021

RATP Dev is seeking an end to guaranteed minimum hours per day, in line with London-wide plans for Remote Sign On and shift “flexibility” by all the bus companies.

Bus drivers speak on London strikes: “This is just the spark of a broader fight”

By Tony Robson, 26 February 2021

“The pandemic has created a gaping hole between the companies and management on one side and the workers who have lost their lives and wages. This is the same around the world.”

Unemployment, redundancies and poverty soar as UK lockdown is brought to end

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2021

With all lockdown measures set to end by June, those who have been shielded to some extent by furlough scheme and other social support will face the class war agenda pursued by the British ruling class as it seeks to complete the post-Brexit “Thatcher Revolution.”

“Now Scotland”: Pseudo-left groups form new alliance with nationalist hardliners

By Steve James, 24 February 2021

Now Scotland is an adjunct of the most pro-independence faction of the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP).

Media censors British Medical Journal description of pandemic deaths as “social murder”

By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2021

Finely attuned to the threat from below, Britain’s ruling elite understands the implications of any public discussion of the issue of social murder as it prepares to end the “last lockdown,” with the virus and its dangerous mutations allowed to rip through the population once again to deadly effect.

Amid second wave of deaths: London bus drivers must form rank-and-file safety committees at all garages!

London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 23 February 2021

On average, more than one bus driver has died each week during the pandemic. Our lives count for nothing against revenue targets dictated in company boardrooms by Transport for London, Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Johnson government, enforced by Unite the union.

UK: Pandemic death toll among care home residents soars past 50,000

By Stephen Alexander, 23 February 2021

Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that COVID-19 deaths were “hugely underestimated” in the first wave.

UK Prime Minister Johnson announces end of lockdown that will see “more infections, more hospitalisations… more deaths”

By Thomas Scripps, 22 February 2021

The separation of infection rates and hospital admissions is a de facto declaration that the Tories are pursuing “herd immunity” by letting the virus spread largely unchecked.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee opposes unsafe school reopenings

Our reporter, 22 February 2021

The UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee held a lively online meeting on Saturday, just days before yesterday’s unsafe reopening of schools across Scotland and Wales, and as the Johnson government moves to reopen all school on March 8.

UK government’s policies lead to horrific COVID-19 death rates among disabled people

By Rory Woods, 21 February 2021

Disabled people have suffered a brutal disregard for life, left with woefully inadequate support throughout the pandemic by a ruling class which considers them a drain on profits.

Bus drivers to strike at RATP Dev London and Go North West: Break Unite’s stranglehold and launch a unified offensive

Tony Robson, 21 February 2021

The transport companies are seizing on the pandemic to impose restructuring at the expense of drivers’ livelihoods, even as corporate disregard for safety has claimed the lives of more than 88 bus and coach drivers nationally.

Office staff at UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency ballot for strike after 535 COVID-19 infections and death of worker

By Simon Whelan, 20 February 2021

The exposure of DVLA workers to a deadly disease is just one example of the thousands of employers who have put pressure on millions of employees to go into workplaces unnecessarily.

UK academics face investigation, prison for China-linked “military” research

By Julie Hyland, 20 February 2021

The “investigations” are politically-motivated propaganda aimed at justifying economic and military aggression against what they regard as a strategic competitor.

The Lancet reveals impact of COVID-19 on health care workers

By Kevin Martinez, 20 February 2021

The British medical journal describes how frontline workers have had to face higher than average rates of burnout, anxiety, depression and isolation during the global pandemic.

Attend online meeting on Saturday to organise fightback!

Prime Minister Johnson backed by Scottish and Welsh governments in deadly school reopenings

Thomas Scripps, 18 February 2021

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on workers who recognise the grave danger posed by the school reopenings to attend our online meeting on Saturday to discuss the fightback

Netanyahu lifts Israel’s third lockdown despite warnings of renewed surge in March

By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2021

With each of the second and third surges seeing a higher death toll than the previous one, 5,441 Israelis have now died. Last Saturday, there were still 992 patients in hospital—after weeks of hovering around 1,200—of whom 388 were in critical condition

UK government to appoint “free speech champion” to spearhead right-wing offensive at universities

By Thomas Scripps, 17 February 2021

That the most right-wing forces feel able to posture as defenders of democratic rights is thanks to the role played by the pseudo-left and identity politics on campus.

BBC Hospital series explores crisis faced by UK’s National Health Service during COVID-19 pandemic

By Ben Trent, 17 February 2021

The series amounts to an indictment of the government’s policy during the pandemic and the impact of decades of cuts on the NHS—facts that will not be lost on Hospital ’s many viewers.

“Anti-Semitism” accusations used in attempt to prevent Ken Loach speaking at Oxford University

By Paul Bond, 17 February 2021

The charges of anti-Semitism against Loach are both long discredited and made in bad faith.

UK: Boris Johnson’s herd immunity government readies “irreversible” measures to end the “last lockdown”

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2021

What will be outlined next Monday is a timetable for the loss of many thousands more lives to a deadly and constantly mutating disease.

Britain’s queen shields her “embarrassing” wealth from public scrutiny

By Richard Tyler, 16 February 2021

Correspondence between the queen’s private lawyer and civil servants responsible to Edward Heath’s Conservative government in 1973 documents how the monarch objected to anything that might reveal her private investments in listed companies.

Johnson government plans UK National Health Service “overhaul” to streamline privatisation

By Thomas Scripps, 16 February 2021

The White Paper formalises the process of privatisation and outright cronyism that ran riot during the pandemic.

British government jails migrants as “people smugglers,” excludes and mistreats child migrants

By Simon Whelan, 15 February 2021

The continued pursuit by the Conservative government of a “hostile environment” for those seeking shelter in the UK is devoid of any decency and boundaries

GMB union calls off British Gas strike to enter talks

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 15 February 2021

The union moved to call off the strike Thursday evening and have been in talks since Friday at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, the traditional graveyard for strikes.

Guardian refuses to publish former children’s laureate Michael Rosen’s letter denouncing UK government’s “herd immunity” policy

By Harvey Thompson, 13 February 2021

By not publishing Rosen’s letter, the Guardian are forwarding an agenda they wholly agree with.

UK government escalates deregulation as corporations cut pay and conditions

By Paul Bond, 12 February 2021

The ministers now in charge of ensuring that the UK attracts inward investment from corporations seeking higher returns have long been explicit about their intentions.

UK trade hit hard as Brexit crisis deepens

By Thomas Scripps, 11 February 2021

Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove meets with European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič today, attempting to leverage the fallout from the EU’s aborted attempt to override the Northern Ireland protocol late last month amid ongoing vaccine trade wars.

Europe passes three quarters of a million COVID-19 deaths

By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2021

The capitalist class is at war with society. The scale of death being witnessed in Europe and across the globe is unprecedented outside of wartime.

London bus workers denounce Facebook censorship: “Hands off the WSWS!”

our reporters, 10 February 2021

A resolution protesting Facebook censorship of the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party has been received from the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, along with statements of support from bus drivers.

Johnson government’s homicidal drive to reopen UK schools justified by feigned concern for children’s welfare

By Liz Smith and Margot Miller, 10 February 2021

The Johnson government’s professed concern for children’s education and welfare is belied by decades of cuts to children’s services and rising child poverty.

UK: Johnson government orders review of “left wing extremism”, targeting Socialist Workers Party and “far-left entryism”

By Laura Tiernan, 9 February 2021

The SWP is a stalking horse for attempts by the British state to blackguard and ultimately illegalise the socialist movement.

UK Labour Party wades deeper into the nationalist sewer

By Chris Marsden, 9 February 2021

Elected Labour leader in September 2015 on a massive wave of popular demand for socialism, Corbyn’s five years in office ended with Labour led by witch-hunters and flag-waving anti-communists.

UK dismisses UN Maritime Court ruling that it has no claim to Chagos Islands/Diego Garcia

By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2021

The maritime court confirmed the legitimacy of Mauritius’s claim to the Chagos Islands, calling Britain’s continuing administration of the islands “unlawful” and criticised its failure to hand the islands back. The ruling implies that the UK’s leasing of Diego Garcia to the US is also illegal.

UK unemployment rises to highest level in four years

By Simon Whelan, 8 February 2021

This year will see thousands more job losses in retail, following the closure of 320 stores every week in 2020. The Centre for Retail Research forecasts 200,000 job losses in 2021.

Framed Shrewsbury pickets seek justice at Court of Appeal after 47 years

By Richard Tyler, 8 February 2021

In the Appeal Court, lawyers representing 14 of the Shrewsbury pickets argued that the “higher echelons of the state” had been involved in their client’s unfair convictions 47 years ago. This included “covert agencies” such as MI5 and the so-called Information Research Department, whose remit included creating anti-communist and anti-union material that could be funnelled to sympathetic journalists.

UK National Education Union bolsters homicidal plans to reopen schools and the economy

By Margot Miller, 6 February 2021

The National Education Union’s recovery plan is predicated on the dangerous fiction that it is possible to reopen schools safely while the pandemic is raging.

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.

British Gas workers continue strike action against fire and rehire threats

By Barry Mason, 6 February 2021

Workers are striking in response to British Gas’s plans to impose inferior contracts which would mean workers taking an effective 20 percent pay cut.

UK universities step up jobs cull in collaboration with the trade unions

By Henry Lee, 5 February 2021

The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.

Unite conceals ballot results for reinstatement of London bus driver Judith Katera

By Laura Tiernan, 5 February 2021

Katera’s dismissal is part of a wave of victimisations during the pandemic. Backed by Unite, bus operators are targeting drivers who speak out, suspending them and forcing them to endure disciplinary proceedings whose methods resemble those of a Star Chamber.

UK: Captain Sir Tom Moore’s death used to boost politics of “national unity”

By Thomas Scripps, 4 February 2021

It is a feature of a decaying social order that it turns the good and the sincere into the grotesque and sordid. Those supposedly honouring Moore’s life are the same people who carried out and oversaw policies which have led to over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the last year—the majority of them elderly people.

European educators support the struggle of Chicago teachers against the unsafe opening of schools

European rank-and-file education safety committees, 4 February 2021

The rank-and-file education safety committees in Germany and the UK have adopted the following statement of solidarity with the protesting teachers in Chicago.

Craig Murray case exposes factional warfare in Scottish National Party between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond

By Steve James, 4 February 2021

Craig Murray has submitted further evidence of the political conspiracy against Alex Salmond, by his former protégé and successor as Scottish National Party leader and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, her aides and allies.

UK: Government report describes appalling official treatment of seriously disabled Philippa Day who took her own life

By Dennis Moore, 4 February 2021

Analysis carried out by the Disability News Service suggests that there could have been as many as 750 benefit claimants of working age who took their lives in 2018.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee members discuss: Are schools safe?

By Helen Clarke and Tania Kent, 3 February 2021

Helen Clarke is a member of the UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee and a primary school teacher. She has been researching deaths of educators from COVID-19 in the face of official concealment and obstruction. She submitted the article published below to the Committee, which is responded to by its secretary Tania Kent.

Fire at Napier barracks exposes UK government’s brutal treatment of asylum seekers

By Thomas Scripps, 3 February 2021

The fire broke out Friday afternoon, destroying a building and leaving roughly 300 people housed in the barracks without electricity, heating or drinking water.

UK: Working-class people in dangerous occupations most likely to die from COVID-19

By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2021

The most dangerous occupations for men were taxi and cab drivers, security guards, large goods vehicle drivers, storage workers, care workers/home carer, processing plant workers, van drivers, builders, bus and coach drivers, and chefs. For women the most dangerous occupations were process, plant and machine operatives, caring, leisure and other service occupations.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital blacklists World Socialist Web Site

By Rory Woods and Thomas Scripps, 2 February 2021

Instead of addressing the grievances highlighted in the frontline nurse’s letter, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust management is desperately trying to shut down any discussion in the workforce about patient and staff safety.

Britain’s flood defences continue to deteriorate

By Barry Mason, 2 February 2021

Nearly 800 flood defence assets were classed as very poor, having severe defects which could lead them to fail completely.

15,000 students involved in rent strikes in 55 UK universities

By Ioan Petrescu, 1 February 2021

Facing mass opposition, universities and private student accommodation providers have offered a patchwork of rebates and single payments of varying sizes.

A letter from a frontline nurse at Royal Bournemouth Hospital “We are in a perilous situation”

30 January 2021

“We saw this coming from the first wave of the pandemic and colleagues sounded the alarm by speaking out. But these warnings have fallen on deaf ears.”

Trade war erupts over vaccine supplies between Europe and UK

By Samuel Tissot and Will Morrow, 30 January 2021

As 100,000 die every three weeks across the continent, the EU and UK are escalating conflict over supply of the life-saving AstraZeneca vaccine.

London’s Wigmore Hall leads the way in live-streaming music during the pandemic

By Fred Mazelis, 30 January 2021

For more the six months, live chamber music has attracted a growing international audience.

Johnson plans end of UK lockdown, with terrible loss of life

By Thomas Scripps, 29 January 2021

Scientific studies prove that opening schools significantly increases rates of infection, meaning the pandemic will be pushed into a new period of exponential growth with tens of thousands more deaths.

COVID-19 infections among UK nursery workers deepens funding crisis

By Harvey Thompson, 29 January 2021

As the pandemic worsens, nurseries and early years settings nationwide are describing their workplaces as deadly environments, having to operate within a financial crisis.

UK: Corbyn and Owen Jones line-up with anti-China campaign

By Julie Hyland, 28 January 2021

The Labour left’s stance has nothing to do with defending the rights of Uighur Muslims, much less the super-exploited Chinese working class. It articulates the interests of a layer of the upper middle class, represented by the Labour and trade union bureaucracy, which advocate economic protectionism to defend British capitalism

For a European-wide strike against school openings!

Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021

This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000

By Robert Stevens, 27 January 2021

More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee discusses school reopenings and lessons of Trump’s attempted coup

By our reporter, 26 January 2021

UK Educators Rank-and-File Committee passes resolution in support of US Covid whistleblower Rebekah Jones

Facebook restores service to socialist pages, claiming the purge was an “automation error”

By Andre Damon, 26 January 2021

Facebook backed down in the face of public protests but failed to provide a credible explanation for its actions.

Huge COVID-19 outbreak at Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency exposes fraudulent UK lockdown

By Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2021

The 535 infections at the DVLA, the largest known number linked to a single employer and workplace, have contributed to the appalling toll of infections and deaths in the Swansea Bay area.

Johnson government warns UK COVID-19 strain more deadly as hospitals buckle under pressure

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2021

The Johnson government has been able to oversee such death and destruction only because they are governing in a de facto coalition with the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections

By Tania Kent, 23 January 2021

The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government’s policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Greater numbers dying as COVID-19 infections spread in UK workplaces

By Barry Mason, 23 January 2021

Data published by Public Health England covering January 4-10 showed a near 70 percent increase in reports of COVID-19 infections related to workplaces, with 175 clusters. These workplaces were other than schools, hospitals or care homes.

UK strikes challenge company cost-cutting and trade union collusion

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.

UK records over 21,000 deaths and a million new COVID infections in first three weeks of 2021

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.”

UK: Investment banker adviser to Tory government appointed BBC chair

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.

Record UK COVID-19 deaths as government plots ending “the last” lockdown

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.

Corbyn seeks readmittance to Labour Party as antisemitism witch-hunt escalates

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!”

Local reports of COVID-19 deaths in UK schools confirm concealed impact of pandemic

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.

Surge in COVID-19 on UK’s Isle of Wight overwhelms health care infrastructure

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.”

Mute on Washington coup, UK ruling elite turns fire against China

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.

Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19

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.

UK passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

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

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Counterfire apply political chloroform over Trump’s coup

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.

Poorest UK schoolchildren sent meagre pandemic food parcels, as contractors reap massive profits

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2021

Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic

Over 600,000 dead from coronavirus in Europe

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.

London Mayor declares “major incident” as UK capital devastated by COVID-19

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.

New COVID-19 variant fuels surge in UK and Ireland

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.

UK government accelerates “hostile environment” against immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers

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

UK government figures hide £800 billion hoarded by super-rich

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.

British Gas workers begin five-day strike

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.

5,000 deaths and 400,000 COVID infections in UK in first week of 2021

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.

Vaccine distribution mired in delays across Europe

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.

COVID-19 infections out of control at Cricklewood Bus Garage! For a walkout to save lives!

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

Assange denied bail after extradition blocked, will appeal to UK High Court

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.”

UK government refuses to publish list of airstrikes in Yemen involving civilian casualties

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.

Unorthodox rapper and beatmaker MF Doom dead at age 49

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.

Hundreds of thousands in UK spend Christmas and New Year homeless as pandemic worsens

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.

COVID-19 deaths surge amid record new cases as Britain enters lockdown

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.

Medical doctors respond to Assange extradition ruling: “He must be released without delay”

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.”

UK in third national lockdown as coronavirus surges out of control

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.

UK judge rules against US extradition: Release Julian Assange now!

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

UK teaching unions call for no work in “unsafe schools” as opposition among educators mounts

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.

Daily deaths near 1,000 as UK Parliament spends day ratifying Brexit treaty

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.