Democratic Rights in Britain
By Simon Whelan, 26 May 2016
The fortunes accrued by 120 billionaires account for 60 percent of the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2016
The government’s legislative programme for the next year includes new powers for the state under the guise of tackling “extremism” and the abolition of the Human Rights Act.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2016
Congress is reviewing statutory changes to a little known “Rule 41” that will allow the FBI and other security agencies to hack and spy on computers and networks anywhere in the world, based on a single, non-specific warrant.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2016
During Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament Wednesday, David Cameron reiterated the charge that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter of terrorism.
By Robert Stevens, 4 May 2016
As on every other issue of principle, Jeremy Corbyn has surrendered to the right wing in the face of a slanderous attack on the Labour Party’s ranks as a mass of “anti-Semites.”
By Paul Mitchell, 3 May 2016
The verdict that 96 Liverpool Football Club supporters were unlawfully killed in 1989 is a vindication of the campaign waged by their families, friends and supporters to uncover the truth.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The verdict in the longest jury case in British legal history vindicates the campaign by the families and supporters of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans killed 27 years ago.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The death of 96 Liverpool football supporters on April 15, 1989 was followed by a 27-year cover-up.
By Barry Mason, 14 March 2016
ISPs will have to keep records of the browsing history of everyone who accesses the Internet for 12 months, with this data freely available to the police and the GCHQ.
By Barry Mason, 25 February 2016
The precedent for grouping prisoners based on shared ideological beliefs is the infamous “H blocks” in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.
By Trevor Johnson and Chris Marsden, 13 February 2016
The Socialist Party’s response to further revelations of undercover police penetration of its organisation is characterised by light-minded indifference.
UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016
Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2016
In calling for the creation of a European military force, Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage.
By Chris Marsden, 22 January 2016
The parliamentary debate on whether to ban Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the UK took place on the same day that Prime Minister David Cameron launched his own campaign to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 January 2016
The Police and Criminal Evidence Act states that children under 18 in custody should be transferred to the care of the local authority.
By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2015
One witness stated that Jermaine Baker was asleep in a car when he was shot and killed by police in the north London area of Tottenham earlier this month.
By Steve James, 23 December 2015
Every political or campaign organisation whose outlook implies the slightest criticism of the authorities has been spied upon by the police.
By Margot Miller, 17 December 2015
Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are emulating the unindicted war criminal Tony Blair, now estimated to be worth over £125 million
By Liz Smith and Harvey Thompson, 17 December 2015
Almost three million people in the UK at any one time in 2014 were estimated either to be suffering or at risk from malnutrition
By Trevor Johnson, 15 December 2015
The GCHQ claims the authority to target groups as loosely-defined as “all mobile telephones” in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.
An open letter
Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies
By Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2015
Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity.
By Julie Hyland, 9 December 2015
In the Orwellian language of the Labour right, any calls for MPs to be held politically accountable for their actions is tantamount to “bullying” and “intimidation.”
By Minnie Watson, 24 November 2015
An independent investigation has revealed that 34 police forces, over the course of three years, accessed the data of 105 journalists and 242 sources.
By Dennis Moore, 21 November 2015
The use of so-called Public Space Protection Orders is on the rise across Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2015
Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.”
By Jordan Shilton, 17 November 2015
The assassination of Mohammed Emwazi was the third incident in less than three months in which UK forces have been involved in the killing of British citizens.
By Mark Blackwood, 14 November 2015
Amidst revelations of bulk spying on the population, the Cameron government is allocating yet more resources to the vast state surveillance system already in place.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May outlined the bill terminating democratic rights stretching back to the Magna Carta.
By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2015
Shaker Aamer was released October 30 after 5,017 days in detention.
By Gregory McAvoy, 3 November 2015
The new system of fines for petty offenses will ensure that many people from deprived backgrounds will be plunged even deeper into poverty.
By Barry Mason, 22 October 2015
An October 14 decision by the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal opens the door for the British intelligence agencies to spy on parliamentarians.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2015
The decision to end the police presence outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in no way lessens the threat to the founder of WikiLeaks.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015
Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.
By Chris Marsden, 30 September 2015
Corbyn took pains to praise all his rivals in the Labour leadership contest, including the arch Blairite Liz Kendall.
By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015
The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.
By Chris Marsden, 16 September 2015
Corbyn’s assignation of a progressive role to the trade unions flies in the face of political realities as experienced by almost two generations of workers.
By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2015
The decision by the British Library demonstrates the extent to which the “anti-terrorism” laws are being used to curtail academic and intellectual freedom.
By Tom Pearse, 2 September 2015
Official policy of the Conservative government is focused on whipping up nationalist anti-immigrant sentiment and echoes that long associated with far right-wing forces.
By Minnie Watson, 26 August 2015
Within 45 seconds, Bayoh was incapacitated, restrained in handcuffs, leg and ankle restraints, and was in a “prone position face down.”
By Jean Shaoul, 14 August 2015
A new Immigration Bill will slash the already miserly level of support given to families seeking asylum.
By Dennis Moore, 11 August 2015
The refusal to provide the Manchester protesters with legal aid funding is part of a broader attack on access to justice in the UK.
By Chris Marsden, 23 July 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron’s five year plan to address “extremism” will target Muslims and encourage anti-Islamic sentiment.
By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2015
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon used the parliamentary debate to propagandize for war.
By Julie Hyland, 20 July 2015
The publication of a video showing members of the British royal family, including a young Queen Elizabeth, giving the Hitler salute has ignited a political firestorm in Great Britain.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 July 2015
Conservative business secretary Sajid Javid has presented a new Trade Union Bill to Parliament that represents a massive attack on the working class.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2015
The most vicious measure is the deportation of 30,000 or more non-European Union workers who fail to earn more than £35,000 per annum after being in Britain for six years.
By our reporters, 22 June 2015
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed anti-austerity demonstrators in London and Glasgow.
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.