Democratic Rights in Britain
By Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2015
The Labour Party demonstrated its readiness to form an alliance with the Cameron government over British European Union membership.
By Chris Marsden, 16 June 2015
Smearing Snowden is aimed at creating a climate of fear to justify state surveillance and repression.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2015
The act is to go the same way as other key elements of international law over which successive governments in the last 15 years have ridden roughshod.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015
There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2015
The proposed legislation would give the state the power to require an “extremist” group or individual to submit any written publication to the police before it is printed.
By David O’Sullivan, 25 April 2015
The following statement was issued by David O’Sullivan, Socialist Equality Party candidate for the London Holborn & St. Pancras constituency.
By Dennis Moore, 20 April 2015
Sanctions affect one-third of homeless people claiming Job Seekers Allowance.
By Robert Stevens, 26 March 2015
Duggan, a 29-year-old father of six, was unarmed when he was shot twice in Tottenham, north London by an armed police officer on August 4, 2011.
By Harvey Thompson, 25 March 2015
The covert Special Demonstration Squad monitored hundreds of political groups between 1968 and 2008.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2015
Hammond’s speech was meant to reassure Britain’s spies that they will be protected from any possible fall-out, and that their criminal actions can continue.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 March 2015
The Intelligence and Security Committee report is a whitewash, aimed at legitimising the spy apparatus exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.
By Dermot Quinn, 25 February 2015
There is widespread opposition from working people to the water charge, which is seen as an attempt to make them pay for the economic crisis.
By Margot Miller, 11 February 2015
The vote by the Police Federation is part of the move to authoritarian forms of rule in Britain.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2015
Britain colluded in the use of the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia by the US for its criminal activities.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2015
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that he was “disappointed” that Britain was unable to send more regime opponents back to Libya.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 January 2015
A report commissioned by the BBC states that the rise of populist anti-establishment parties is set to cause political earthquakes across Europe in 2015.
By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2015
Since 9/11, successive UK governments have introduced a series of “anti-terror” measures, each more draconian than its predecessor.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 January 2015
Security forces have been deployed across Europe in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 January 2015
The US Drug Enforcement Administration carried out mass surveillance of US telephone data over a period of more than a decade.
By Chris Marsden and Jerry White, 16 January 2015
The two heads of state—whose countries have carried out a sustained attack on democratic rights—issued a jointly authored comment Thursday: “We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled.”
By Niles Williamson, 16 January 2015
The FBI disclosed that the alleged plot did not represent a real threat as it had been developed with the direct participation of an undercover informant.
By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015
In the aftermath of the attack in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to give the security services more powers to intercept the private communications of individuals.
By Dennis Moore, 12 January 2015
The figures from a government report are corroborated by the increase in the numbers of people using food banks.
By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2015
The BBC’s Nick Robinson denied that his comments breached his professional obligation to political impartiality.
By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2014
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK.
By David Walsh, 11 December 2014
The unraveling of the Rolling Stone feature story sheds a good deal of light on the upper-middle class individuals and groups obsessed with identity politics.
By Joe Mount, 8 December 2014
In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious.
By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2014
The report into the murder of soldier Lee Rigby is being used to introduce new draconian "anti-terror" legislation.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 21 November 2014
The anti-immigrant stance being taken by all the bourgeois parties is aimed at further curtailing the democratic and social rights of working people as a whole.
By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2014
The home secretary will have the power to cancel passports and impose a “temporary exclusion” order for two years.
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2014
It was Labour that effectively shut down any discussion on the EAW and ensured its passage.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2014
Within hours of Robert Hannigan becoming the new director of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters spy centre, he demanded it be allotted greater powers.
By Julie Hyland, 8 November 2014
Having successfully petitioned for the overturning of his anonymity, much of the media have used Cornick’s case as an occasion for prurient coverage and demands for retribution.
Britain begins bombing in Iraq
By Robert Stevens, 2 October 2014
Home Secretary Theresa May announced that if the Conservatives are returned to power in 2015, they will fully implement the “snoopers charter.”
By James Hatton and Paul Bond, 8 September 2014
Last year’s elimination of the council tax benefit has raised local taxes for over 300,000 poor residents of London.
By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2014
Fundamental democratic norms are being obliterated in a manufactured atmosphere of fear.
By Dennis Moore, 2 September 2014
The UK has one of the worst rates for early neonatal deaths in Western Europe.
By Julie Hyland, 26 August 2014
More than 10 women are taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police, after finding out that their former partners were part of an undercover police unit.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise that “Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq” is worthless.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014
Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.
By Tania Kent, 7 August 2014
New UK schools inspectorate head David Hoare specialises in taking over failing enterprises, sacking workers, imposing cuts and restructuring work practices.
By Julie Hyland, 2 August 2014
News presenter Jon Snow: “If you decide to throw missiles, shells ... then you will undoubtedly kill children. And that is what [the Israeli government] are doing.”
By Jordan Shilton, 30 July 2014
Britain’s ruling elite are working to put a system in place that would permit people to be locked up for life without anyone knowing about it.
By Julie Hyland, 29 July 2014
Special Demonstration Squad operatives infiltrated hundreds of organisations, concentrating on “extreme left-wing/extreme right-wing” groups and “animal rights/environmental” activists.
By Richard Tyler, 14 July 2014
Once again, the so-called “war on terror” is being employed to abrogate civil liberties and strengthen the repressive powers of the state.
By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2014
Only 10 percent of searches lead to an arrest and black people are six times more likely to be stopped than whites.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 June 2014
Alex Evans from the Sheffield Star was at the city’s train station filming a pensioners’ protest when he was ordered to delete his footage.
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2014
Tempora operates on a similarly massive scale to that of Prism and is able to record 600 million “telephone events” per day.
By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2014
The witchhunt began in November when an anonymous letter, now widely accepted to have been a hoax, was sent to the media.
By Ben Trent, 10 May 2014
Since the legislation was enacted in 2000, Britain’s tax authorities have used it tens of thousands of times to snoop through phone and email records.
By Tony Robson, 15 April 2014
The dismantling of legal aid is bound up with the drive by the British ruling elite to eliminate the last vestiges of the welfare state.
By Tony Robson, 8 March 2014
Workers are compelled, for the first time in the history of the Tribunal system, to pay upfront to bring a claim against mistreatment by an employer.
By Barry Mason, 4 March 2014
Hillsborough family campaigners strongly believed their phone calls were being monitored in the aftermath of the football stadium disaster.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014
The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.
Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport
By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014
The High Court judgement against David Miranda gives legal sanction to the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”
By Ajay Prakash, 18 February 2014
Every year, around 30,000 asylum-seekers are detained in Britain, nearly one-third of them women and children.
By Steve James, 6 February 2014
Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014
On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2014
A police briefing paper explicitly links access to water cannon to combating protests against the government’s austerity programme.
By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2014
The moves against Britain’s Channel 4 are part of an unprecedented campaign by the UK government to silence disclosures about state surveillance operations.
By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2014
After receiving no medical attention during her miscarriage in the cell, Nadine Wright was allegedly ordered to clean up the blood by prison guards.
By Julie Hyland, 10 January 2014
Duggan’s killing in north London was the spark for riots that quickly spread across the country in 2011.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 3 January 2014
There was an outpouring of sympathy for Australian immigrant and political campaigner Trenton Oldfield during his trial and deportation ordeal.
By Joe Mount, 24 December 2013
The ramping up of state repression is part of an effort to stamp out political opposition amongst youth.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 December 2013
Instead of an independent inquiry, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee will hold its own inquiry.
By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013
British officials are threatening the Guardian over its decision to publish exposures of intelligence agencies’ electronic spying against the people.
By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s measures were greeted with rapture by the most right-wing sections of the British media.
By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2013
Google is planning to target 100,000 search terms, with restrictions applying first in English-speaking countries and then expanded to all other languages over the next six months.
By Liz Smith, 21 November 2013
David Blunkett’s provocative remarks attacking Roma in Sheffield is reminiscent of Conservative MP Enoch Powell's notorious anti-immigrant “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968.
By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2013
A statement by Tooks Chambers, a leading law firm forced into dissolution, said that government policies on legal aid “are cumulatively devastating the provision of legal services and threatening the rule of law.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2013
To conceal its role in the alleged torture and abuse of a British citizen, the UK government is utilising the Justice and Security Act, passed earlier this year.
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2013
The British government is stepping up attacks on the Guardian newspaper for its publishing of revelations of mass surveillance by US and UK spy agencies.
By Chris Marsden, 6 November 2013
The capitalist oligarchy, terrified of popular opposition to attacks on democratic rights and its policies of obscene self-enrichment, sees press freedom as an unacceptable threat.
By Chris Marsden, 2 November 2013
Following UK Prime Minister David Cameron's threats against the Guardian this week, further parliamentary debate has made clear that the three main parties are intent on suppressing evidence of mass surveillance.
By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2013
The concerted campaign by the British government to silence the Guardian newspaper, due to its publication of the Edward Snowden revelations, is indicative of the move toward dictatorial forms of rule by the ruling elite.
By Julie Hyland, 19 October 2013
The British “Plebgate” scandal testifies to the enormous powers accrued by the police over the last decades.
By Paul Bond, 17 October 2013
An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report has confirmed that police provided information to firms for a blacklist of construction workers.
By Julie Hyland, 16 October 2013
The measure has been denounced by the Newspaper Society as an “unacceptable degree of interference” and “state-sponsored regulation.”
By Chris Marsden, 20 September 2013
A British judge’s ruling has become the occasion for a campaign demanding additional measures to curtail democratic rights and to whip up hostility to Muslims.
By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2013
Leading figures in the UK government and opposition Labour Party are set on overturning last week’s parliamentary vote against British involvement in a war against Syria.
A letter from film producer Tony Garnett
2 September 2013
The following comment in defence of former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by film producer and author Tony Garnett.
By Tony Robson, 27 August 2013
Jordan Begley was tasered inside his mother’s home and died within hours.
By Julie Hyland, 24 August 2013
Events of the last week provide chilling confirmation of the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”
By Robert Stevens, 23 August 2013
The detention of David Miranda was a blatant act of political intimidation, sanctioned at the highest levels by London and Washington.
By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2013
A US security official has acknowledged that a central purpose of the detention of David Miranda was to send a message to all those seeking to expose evidence of government spying programs.
By Barry Grey and Thomas Gaist, 19 August 2013
Greenwald is absolutely justified in alleging US collusion in the detention of David Miranda, his partner, by British authorities.
By Robert Stevens, 19 August 2013
The Labour Party continues its shift to the right, embracing anti-immigrant chauvinism, support for the free market and condemnation of what remains of Britain’s welfare state.
By Robert Stevens, 10 August 2013
America’s National Security Agency has funded Britain’s intelligence gathering service to the tune of at least £100 million over the past three years.
By Robert Stevens, 8 August 2013
The Independent Police Complaints Commission report found no evidence of criminal offence being committed by the Metropolitan Police in the killing of Mark Duggan.
By Mark Blackwood, 7 August 2013
Under the fraudulent pretext of protecting children, the British government is introducing censorship of the Internet.
By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2013
The European Union has proposed the creation of what amounts to a pan-European equivalent to the National Security Agency, armed with a European drone programme and a spy satellite network.
By Ajay Prakash, 6 August 2013
The British government has launched a racist campaign against immigrants as a diversion from deepening austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 6 August 2013
The UK government's proposed Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill is the culmination of more than a decade of attacks on democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 27 July 2013
The birth this week of the son of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Britain’s Prince William, occasioned a media frenzy.
By Steve James, 27 July 2013
British police appropriated the identifies of dead children to infiltrate political and campaigning organisations.
By Barry Mason, 25 July 2013
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, deportation officers working for G4S “are incentivised to ensure that deportations are completed regardless of the level of resistance from the person being removed.”
By Dennis Moore, 25 July 2013
Jordan Begley, a 23-year-old factory worker from Manchester, is the tenth person in the country to die as a result of Tasering.
By Julie Hyland, 23 July 2013
The UK parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee has whitewashed allegations of mass illegal spying by GCHQ and the US National Security Agency.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 July 2013
The Justice and Security Act 2013 (JSA), which came into force this month, creates a new judicial procedure which will permit the use of secret evidence in any civil trial in the UK.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 July 2013
The deportation of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan illustrates the complete disregard for basic democratic and legal principles within Britain’s ruling elite.