By Paul Mitchell, 21 July 2017
A heavy police and security guard presence was mobilised outside and inside the town hall to ensure that as few survivors as possible would be able to enter.
Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”
By our reporters, 21 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.
By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2017
Local residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno denounced police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council as “liars” working for “rich folks.”
By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2017
The High Court has given carte blanche to Prime Minister Theresa May to flout international law and aid in war crimes.
Labour shadow chancellor says Grenfell Tower fire is “social murder”: What is he going to do about it?
By Chris Marsden, 19 July 2017
Workers should ask John McDonnell, who says the guilty parties should be punished for Grenfell, what he and Labour are doing about it.
“This is a crime of capitalism against the working class”
By our reporters, 19 July 2017
People attending the local fundraising event in West London for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.
By our reporters, 19 July 2017
SEP members were barred from a fundraising event for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which was being held in a public area near the burnt-out tower.
By Barry Mason, 17 July 2017
The 2,400 who died in the UK are among the tens of thousands impacted worldwide due to profiteering from the sale of infected blood.
By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 17 July 2017
Within hours of the fire, and with only a small number of the dead identified, major efforts were already underway to make racism the central issue in the tragedy.
By Chris Marsden, 15 July 2017
Despite a mountain of evidence of criminal wrongdoing by politicians and business leaders, no one has been charged in connection with the fire that killed at least 80.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2017
Recent talks have enabled Southern, Northern and Merseyrail management to escalate strikebreaking plans and impose regimes of intimidation.
Thames Water workers speak:
By Paul Mitchell, 14 July 2017
A former Thames Water worker told the WSWS that the company is seeking to deflect inquiries into a policy of reducing water pressure to cut down leakage from water mains.
By Margot Miller, 13 July 2017
The failure to provide emergency rehousing for just 158 families, in one of the richest cities in the world, reveals the callous indifference of the ruling elite to the suffering of the fire victims.
By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2017
The formation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on European Union Relations comes prior to the moving of the Great Repeal Bill concerning Britain's exit from the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 12 July 2017
Fully one month after the fire, not a single person has been arrested or charged for what is the corporate manslaughter of at least 80 people.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2017
The fire raged for three hours and destroyed around 30 percent of the first, second, and third floors.
By Dennis Moore, 11 July 2017
With NHS trusts being forced to rush through the sale of assets, the only beneficiaries will be those who are buying, including property speculators.
By Julie Hyland, 10 July 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire has laid bare the impact of decades of free market policies, deregulation and cuts in public spending initiated by Thatcher and continued by every subsequent government.
Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.
By our reporters, 8 July 2017
Three housing associations, Salix, City West Housing Trust and Pendlebury, together run the 29 tower blocks whose cladding failed fire safety tests.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 July 2017
Labour is just as guilty as the Tories of imposing austerity and implementing social cleansing—especially of London’s council estates and social housing.
“The glamour of the job is just a mask”
By Ross Mitchell, 7 July 2017
Prior to the strike, the union drafted up a "final compromise position" behind the backs of its members, which has not been made public.
By Julie Hyland, 6 July 2017
Labour’s right wing is bitterly hostile to any perceived change in course away from austerity, lest it encourage more wide-reaching demands for wealth redistribution at the expense of the rich.
By our reporters, 6 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.
By our reporters, 5 July 2017
Residents at Lancaster West spoke about the tragedy, their disbelief in the official death toll, and the conditions workers throughout the area have faced since the deadly inferno.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 July 2017
The UN resolution concerns one of the most disgraceful incidents in post-war British colonial history.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2017
The period since the fire has underscored the ruling elite’s contempt for the traumatised survivors and the working class as a whole.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2017
The UK is already up to its neck in the US-led operation to topple the Assad regime, including covert and illegal military operations on the ground.
“There are people who died in there—and they’re not telling us who they are.”
By our reporters, 4 July 2017
Residents of the Lancaster West housing estate near Grenfell Tower talked to the World Socialist Web Site about the June 14 fire in London.
“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.
By Barry Mason, 3 July 2017
The impact of years of wage cuts was revealed in a trade union survey of 6,500 workers, which found that two out of five of those surveyed said they were unable to save any money.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 July 2017
The drive to confront Russia has taken on added urgency since the humiliating defeat for the US when Syrian government forces recaptured Aleppo.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 July 2017
The prosecution has nothing to do with the criminal and reckless banking behaviour that precipitated the crash, but instead relates to Barclays’ rescue
By Alice Summers, 1 July 2017
A survey reveals that many poor families, with stagnating incomes and record levels of personal debt, are unable to afford basics such as food, beds or refrigerators.
By Margot Miller, 1 July 2017
University bosses plan to shut the Crewe campus, threatening 370 jobs, on the grounds that it is “no longer academically or financially sustainable.”
By Julie Hyland, 30 June 2017
May’s tawdry, anti-democratic arrangements with the ultra-right loyalist Democratic Unionist Party enabled her government to press ahead with its attacks on the working class.
Criminal prosecutions finally brought 28 years after 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough stadium
By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2017
While these long overdue prosecutions are welcome, it has been so long since the terrible crime was committed that many of the guilty figures are either dead or nearing the end of life.
By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2017
April 15, 1989
By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2017
As with the victims of their policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere, those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire are looked upon by the ruling class as “collateral damage.”
By Richard Tyler, 29 June 2017
The acres of press coverage of this disturbing attack do not provide any serious explanation as to why a man with no evident background of racism would suddenly commit such a heinous crime.
By Julie Hyland, 28 June 2017
The priority for UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to ensure passage of the required Brexit legislation through parliament before the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019.
"The rich want families with low income out”
By our reporters, 28 June 2017
Residents near the burnt-out Grenfell Tower spoke about the gaping social divide in London and the responsibility of the Tories and Labourites for this horrific loss of life.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2017
The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, despite being nominally a tenants’ organisation, has served the Conservative council’s broader objectives.
On-the-spot report from London:
By our reporters, 27 June 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.
By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2017
The staggering loss of life epitomises the devastation capitalism has wrought on generations of working people. It is the outcome of a vast and ongoing transfer of society’s wealth from the poor to the rich.
By Stephen Alexander, 27 June 2017
The following is the second of a two-part series on the political issues behind the election of Labour’s Shakira Martin as NUS president.
By Robert Stevens, 26 June 2017
Of the UK’s 4,000 tower blocks, 600 have been selected for testing, due to the use of unsafe building materials.
By our reporters, 26 June 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to some of the thousands of Camden residents, who were evacuated because their tower blocks are unsafe.
By Stephen Alexander, 26 June 2017
The following is the first of a two-part series on the political issues behind the election of Labour’s Shakira Martin as NUS President.
By Julie Hyland, 24 June 2017
As London mayor, Johnson forced through massive cuts in the London Fire Brigade budget despite repeated warnings that they would cost lives.
By Danny Richardson, 24 June 2017
The dispute centres on a national plan to close more than 1 in 10 Jobcentres around the UK, with the loss of up to 750 jobs.
By Steve James, 24 June 2017
The DUP’s current policy is to extract as many concessions as possible to offset the catastrophic economic impact of Brexit, while maintaining Northern Ireland’s position in the UK.
After Grenfell Tower fire:
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2017
With the final death toll from the inferno still unknown, the Conservative government has called a public inquiry as part of efforts to conceal its complicity in the disaster.
By Julie Hyland, 22 June 2017
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May set out her government’s legislative agenda yesterday in the Queen’s Speech, which was widely acknowledged to be her first and last one.
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2017
The government’s “Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund,” which totals a pitiful £5 million, stands in stark contrast to the £369 million worth of repairs to Buckingham Palace.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017
Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.
By Julie Hyland, 21 June 2017
For almost 40 years, the assault on health and safety regulations has gone hand in glove with Margaret Thatcher’s notorious dictum that there is “no such thing as society.”
By Chris Marsden, 20 June 2017
Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and Michel Bernier of the European Union launched negotiations Monday on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade bloc.
By Julie Hyland, 20 June 2017
In travelling from Cardiff to London to mount an attack on Muslims, Darren Osborne was taking state-sanctioned Islamophobia to its logical, murderous conclusion.
“We cannot brush this under the table, some heads have to roll”
By our reporters, 20 June 2017
London residents and people living in housing nearby Grenfell Tower speak about the horrifying fire that has killed at least 79 residents, and the economic and political decisions that allowed it to happen.
By our reporters, 19 June 2017
Hundreds gathered outside Kensington Town Hall, while thousands more marched on the government district of Whitehall.
By Alice Summers and reporters, 19 June 2017
Hundreds came to the site from across London throughout the day to pay their respects to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and to offer assistance to the community’s own relief efforts.
By Chris Marsden, 19 June 2017
Thousands have met Prime Minister May’s promise to hold a public inquiry with denunciations of yet another cover-up, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives his full support.
By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2017
Thousands protested in London Friday to demand justice and the punishment of those responsible for mass murder in the worst housing fire in modern British history.
By Julie Hyland, 17 June 2017
Guardian journalist Owen Jones, who spent much of the last year preparing for yet another leadership challenge against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, is now singing another tune.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2017
With many people still to be accounted for from a building that was home to between 500 and 600 people, London’s Metropolitan Police announced that the death toll from Wednesday’s fire had reached 17.
By Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017
The catastrophic fire broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday, on the second floor of 24-storey council flats in Kensington, West London that were home to an estimated 500 people.
By our reporters, 15 June 2017
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents about the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower Wednesday morning.
In Paris talks with British prime minister May
By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2017
A bitter struggle over influence and alliances is unfolding between the imperialist powers, amid growing hostility to Washington on the part of Paris and Berlin.
By Robert Stevens, 14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May only remains in place largely because the Tories believe removing her would cause further political instability, prompting a general election which they would almost certainly lose to Labour.
By Alice Summers, 14 June 2017
While a record 1.2 million food parcels were handed out this year by the Trussell Trust, research reveals that true food bank usage is much higher.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 13 June 2017
Mason’s pro-war advice to Corbyn includes beginning a “strategic defence and security review” that takes particular account of “Russian diplomatic brinkmanship.”
UK Prime Minister May seeks alliance with Democratic Unionist Party to forestall a second general election
By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2017
May called last week’s election to secure a substantial increase to the Tories’ slim 17-seat majority, but lost 13 seats and ended with a hung parliament.
By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2017
The aim of the Blairites is to take control of the union and remove substantial financial backing from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 10 June 2017
To those now inclined to accept the portrayal of Corbyn by pseudo-left groups in Britain as the natural leader of the working class, we say: Remember Alexis Tsipras and Syriza.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 June 2017
Though the election result in part reflected concern over May’s hard Brexit strategy, the overwhelming issue was hostility to Tory austerity measures.
By Chris Marsden, 8 June 2017
The Tories have used the terrorist outrages in Manchester and London to shift the general election narrative onto charges that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a threat to national security.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2017
Sanders, who in the 2016 US election sought to channel popular opposition to capitalism back into the Democratic Party, hopes Corbyn will play a similar role for the Labour Party.
By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2017
Britain is being destabilised economically, politically and socially as world capitalism descends into its deepest crisis since the end of World War II.
By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2017
As evidence continued to mount that the attackers received some degree of state protection, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced Prime Minister Theresa May for having allowed “cuts in police numbers.”
By Margot Miller, 6 June 2017
The unions have performed this service on behalf of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wants no association with actual struggles of the working class.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 5 June 2017
Within 24 hours of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, the official narrative presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun to fall apart.
By Robert Stevens, 5 June 2017
Salman Abedi was in contact with a Libyan Islamic State (IS) battalion whose members were involved in planning the 2015 Bataclan nightclub attack.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2017
Labour has made no commitment to reversing £20 billion in NHS cuts imposed by Conservative-led governments so far, or ending them.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 2 June 2017
With its call for a vote for Labour in the General Election, Britain’s pseudo-left wants the working class to forget the historical experiences it has made with this party.
By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2017
Salman Abedi was allowed to “slip through the net” because he was a protected asset of the security services.
By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2017
The televised questioning of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was an exercise in opinion-forming on behalf of Britain’s ruling elite.
By Steve James, 31 May 2017
The Green manifesto exposes their role as an instrument of the most pro-European Union factions of the British ruling class.
By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2017
Amid revelations that suicide bomber Salmand Abedi was closely monitored by British intelligence, MI5 has launched an investigation into its latest “intelligence failure.”
What did the UK government know?
By Laura Tiernan, 29 May 2017
The suicide bomber was allowed to move around the globe without hindrance, despite British intelligence receiving information that he was planning to assassinate a political figure.
By Robert Stevens, 29 May 2017
Ahead of the June 8 snap general election, former Labour Party leader Tony Blair and his supporters are brazenly advancing plans to establish a new right-wing political formation.
By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2017
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gave his response to the Manchester suicide bombing yesterday, amid the further unravelling of the government’s narrative of the attack.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2017
Former senior RBS executives have never had to make a public account of the events leading up to the bank’s collapse in 2008, when it was rescued by then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2017
There is no innocent explanation for the fact that the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was able to travel to Libya, Syria, Turkey and the UK without interference.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2017
The new alliance seeks a political realignment around opposition to Britain leaving the European Union.
By Julie Hyland, 25 May 2017
It took less than 24 hours for Prime Minister May’s claim that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi was known to British intelligence only “up to a point” to be exposed as a lie.
By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2017
The backlash came as a huge shock, not only for the Tories but for the media as well.
By Chris Marsden, 24 May 2017
It has already been confirmed that the suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, was known to security services but supposedly not considered a threat.
By our reporters, 23 May 2017
The carnage and terror occurred barely 17 days before Britain votes in the snap June 8 national election.
By Margot Miller, 23 May 2017
Wages for British workers are lower than before the 2008 financial crash and are expected to be almost £1,000 a year lower in 2017 in real terms than previous forecasts.