Britain

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.

Assange extradition decision due January 4: Mobilise the working class to secure his freedom!

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.

Catastrophe worsens as UK records nearly 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in 48 hours

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

Workers demand answers over COVID-19 infections at Cricklewood garage

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.

Brexit deal paves way for further conflicts

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.

Coronavirus accelerates as new strain detected across Europe

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.

Britain descends into chaos as coronavirus crisis mounts

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.

Student rent strikers speak out at UK universities

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.

Build action committees to oppose a return to UK schools and campuses in January!

By Statement of the UK Educators 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.

The new UK variant of coronavirus raises urgent questions about pandemic policy

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.

The UK’s COVID-19 mutation: The deadly result of a “herd immunity” policy

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.

As support grows among London bus drivers: Unite sabotages fight for Judith Katera’s reinstatement

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.

Still no deal in Brexit talks as working class faces disaster

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.

John le Carré (1931–2020): Spy novelist and “inside-outside” man

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.

Britain’s dangerous new COVID-19 strain: A warning to take urgent action now!

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.

Corbyn launches “Peace and Justice” project to block fight against Labour right-wing

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.”

Third worker dies of COVID-19 at a Bakkavor food plant in the UK

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2020

No details were made public about the workers who died at the Tilmanstone plant.

Stop the UK’s winter of death! For emergency action to save lives!

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.

The ICC refuses to prosecute UK war crimes in Iraq despite “reasonable” evidence

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.

Over 800,000 workers fall off payrolls, as poverty rockets in Britain

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.

Reinstate London bus driver Judith Katera! For united strike action to fight victimisations!

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.

UK: Pandemic hits working class hardest due to deep social inequality

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

Johnson government forces London schools to remain open

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.

London becomes epicentre of pandemic in the UK

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2020

Every one of London’s 32 boroughs is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer demands Assange’s immediate release after ten years’ arbitrary detention

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.

This week in history: December 14-20

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.

More brinksmanship in Brexit talks as deadline extended again

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.”

Student rent strikes spread across UK universities

By Henry Lee, 11 December 2020

Thousands of students have joined rent strikes at Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and universities across London.

UK government forces schools to stay open as infections continue to surge

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”.

Fraught talks between Britain and European Union agree Sunday deadline for Brexit deal

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.

UK National Education Union calls off strike over Covid safety at primary school in Merseyside

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.

Brexit negotiations: Johnson in eleventh-hour discussion with von der Leyen

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.

London bus petition to sack Unite official John Murphy withdrawn in abject capitulation

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.

Optare UK bus manufacturing workers strike for pay increase

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.

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme will not halt pandemic deaths due to end of lockdown

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.

UK’s “spycops” inquiry continues coverup of Stephen Lawrence murder

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”.

UK deploys troops to Mali

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.

UK People's Assembly talk “Zero Covid” while doing nothing

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

Thirteen thousand jobs threatened at UK’s Arcadia Group

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.

UK Tory government manipulated statistics to play down COVID-19 danger to educators

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.

UK healthcare workers: “The ending of lockdown will see a massive increase in infections”

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.

Four workers killed in explosion at UK water treatment plant

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.

Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan agrees to austerity package for Transport for London

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.

UK schools facing bankruptcy during pandemic

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.

Wife of UK chancellor richer than the Queen: Rishi Sunak and the rule of the oligarchy

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

Letter to Boycott Return to Unsafe Schools (BRTUS)/Parents United Against Unsafe Schools

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.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Johnson ends one-month national lockdown

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.”

UK Labour leadership tells Zionist meeting that thousands of party members face expulsion

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.

British government to deport Jamaican “foreign nationals” after fascistic campaign

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

UK Labour Party backs Johnson government ending lockdown in “national interest”

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.

UK Conservative government moves to end national lockdown with Labour Party backing

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”.

UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students

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.

Labour-run Croydon council declares bankruptcy due to rampant property speculation

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.”

“Any return to ‘normality’ is a long way off”: Musicians and technicians speak to the WSWS

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.

British government’s pandemic response threatens art and culture

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.

Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees!

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”.

UK Chancellor launches austerity offensive: “Our economic emergency has only just begun.”

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2020

The cost of this unprecedented economic collapse will be paid in its entirety by the working class.

“I think school should be closed until the virus is brought under control”

UK student nurse and her daughter speak out on impact of pandemic

By our reporter, 26 November 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Elizabeth, a student nurse in her final year in Manchester, and her daughter Claire, aged 15, about their experiences during the pandemic.

Assange’s life in danger as major COVID-19 outbreak hits Belmarsh Prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 November 2020

Assange’s partner Stella Moris has reported a mass outbreak in the house block where the WikiLeaks founder is imprisoned, with 56 prisoners and staff testing positive to the coronavirus.

UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: “I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives”

By our reporters, 25 November 2020

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.

The “Zero-Covid” campaign by Britain’s pseudo-left: a political cover for Labour and the TUC’s back-to-work drive

By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2020

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs around Corbyn finally, in August, announced its support for a Zero-Covid policy, but its statement was careful to make clear that the measures proposed were in the best interests of capital.

Boris Johnson announces end of national lockdown, prepares surge of COVID-19

By Thomas Scripps, 24 November 2020

From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.

Refugees season at the Imperial War Museum in London: A century of crises, but the real causes ignored

By Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2020

As to the causes of the continuous refugee crises over the last century, the exhibition answers with the obvious “conflict”, “modern war”, “threats of violence” and “social breakdown” but this begs the question, what causes these phenomena?

UK universities expose thousands of international students to raging pandemic

By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020

Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.

Tens of thousands made homeless in UK as winter looms and temperatures plummet

By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2020

Research conducted by the Guardian among both UK-born and migrant rough sleepers found that many had been made homeless in recent months after losing their jobs in the service sector—especially restaurants, clubs and event security.

Frontline nurse at UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital speaks out as COVID-19 cases surge

21 November 2020

The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

UK government announces £21.5 billion increase in military spending

By Thomas Scripps, 21 November 2020

UK Prime minister Boris Johnson is trying to extricate his government from its foreign policy crisis over Brexit—intensified by the US election victory of the anti-Brexit Joe Biden—with the lever of British militarism.

Increased use of food banks by middle-income families in UK as food poverty surges

By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2020

The wider use of food banks by what would have only recently been considered a more affluent layer is a growing trend and an indicator of how the pandemic has created a far-reaching cost of living crisis.

UK city of Hull becomes new COVID-19 epicentre fuelled by unsafe schools

By Harvey Thompson, 20 November 2020

In Hull, 57 of the city’s 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.

Assange in lockdown as Belmarsh Prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2020

Since the pandemic began, leading medical experts have repeatedly warned that the WikiLeaks founder would be at significant risk of succumbing to the coronavirus if he contracts the disease.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer bars Jeremy Corbyn from Parliamentary Labour Party as witch-hunt intensifies

By Robert Stevens and Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2020

The response of Corbyn and his allies on his readmission and then to being barred as a voting Labour MP was to continue grovelling before their persecutors in the name of party “unity”.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) meeting discussion addresses critical issues on the failure of Corbynism

By our reporters, 19 November 2020

SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the meeting, “Jeremy Corbyn describes politics as some sort of cricket match. He encourages us to say, ‘Well, this isn’t fair’. Well, politics isn’t a cricket match, politics is war.”

Socialist Party’s Moe Manir expels London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee leader from Facebook group

By By Laura Tiernan, 18 November 2020

The Socialist Party promotes the dangerous illusion that mass pressure from below can transform the unions into fighting organisations. But in every country the trade unions respond to mass pressure from workers by deepening their collusion with the companies and the state, and by stamping out any semblance of democracy.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands schools and campuses close to halt the spread of the pandemic

By Our reporter, 18 November 2020

“Lessons have to be drawn, any orientation to the labour and trade union bureaucracy will be a death trap,” said teacher and meeting moderator Tania Kent.

British Medical Journal accuses UK government of the “suppression of science”

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the British ruling class’ criminal “herd immunity” response has created a humanitarian disaster.

Labour Party reinstates Jeremy Corbyn after suspension over antisemitism comments

The anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2020

This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public meeting titled, “The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism,” held on November 15, 2020.

Johnson government in meltdown after Biden US election victory

By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2020

Johnson’s government was blown apart last week, as the pro-EU Biden’s victory resulted in the departure from Downing Street of the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Director of Communications Lee Cain.

UK Universities step up job cuts with connivance of the University and College Union

By Ioan Petrescu, 16 November 2020

The UCU finalised a sell-out agreement in its dispute with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, just one day before strike action was to commence.

Grenfell Tower refurbishment company supplied cladding that could burn the “entire height” of a tower block

By Charles Hixson, 16 November 2020

A 2013 email from Deborah French, Arconic’s UK sales representative, referring to ACM (aluminium composite material) panels noted, “using PE is like a chimney which transports the fire... in the shortest times.”

SEP (UK) Congress resolution The COVID-19 pandemic, the international class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

14 November 2020

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the membership of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain at its Fifth National Congress, which was held online from October 24–27, 2020. It was amended by the incoming National Committee in consideration of fundamental contemporary developments in the United States.

Students at Manchester University occupy accommodation block as rent strike continues

By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020

Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020

The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.

Scottish National Party government to pardon arrested miners after 36 years

By Barry Mason, 13 November 2020

Central to the SNP’s pardon of the miners is an effort consign the strike and its lessons to the past forever, in favour of a “reconciliation” on all sides.

UK’s Brexit conflict reignited by US election crisis

By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020

Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.

Three more bus drivers die in Britain as Covid-19 surges

By Barry Mason, 12 November 2020

Three more bus drivers have died in the UK from COVID-19, this time in Leeds, West Yorkshire and Kilmarnock, Scotland. The Leeds drivers were from the same depot, while the death in Kilmarnock was also part of a workplace cluster.

Young people hit hard by UK jobs massacre

By Margot Miller, 11 November 2020

More than one in 10 people aged 16-25 have lost their jobs, and just under six in 10 have seen their earnings fall since the coronavirus pandemic began.

UK parents’ strike sabotaged by trade unions and Labour Party

By Charlotte Salthill and Laura Tiernan, 11 November 2020

National Education Union officials, led by Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted, feared that any promotion of the parents’ strike would draw behind it the active support of teachers.

EHRC “Investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party” A hatchet job in furtherance of a witch-hunt

By Robert Stevens, 10 November 2020

The Equality and Human Rights Commission not only fails to prove widespread anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but rules as undemocratic and an affront to human rights the disciplinary action taken against Corbyn and the party’s ban on criticism of its report.

UK National Health Service on the precipice due to COVID-19 surge

By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 10 November 2020

The burnout of staff, backlog of non-COVID patients and the surge of the pandemic are the responsibility of the deliberate and criminal policies of the Tory government, carried out with the tacit support of Labour Party and the trade unions.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) online meeting: The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism

10 November 2020

Readers of the World Socialist Web Site are invited to attend Sunday’s online meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) to discuss the anti-Semitism witch-hunt in the Labour Party, escalated by the suspension of its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Migrant friend to Julian Assange dies in UK’s Belmarsh prison

By Thomas Scripps, 9 November 2020

The suicide of Manoel Santos has drawn attention to the UK government’s criminal practice of holding people facing deportation in prisons, even in maximum security institutions.

Irish teachers vote to strike as infection rates spiral

By Steve James and Dermot Quinn, 9 November 2020

Schools in the Republic of Ireland reopened last week after a two-week break, despite secondary teachers voting for strike action against dangerous working conditions if COVID-19 related safety measures were not put in place by October 30.

Manchester University students tear down 7-foot fence put up around their accommodation blocks

By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020

The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.