Democratic Rights in Britain
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.
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2013
The Privacy International charity is taking legal action against the UK government’s spying network as whistleblower Edward Snowden gives further details about its vast scope.
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 28 June 2013
A series of revelations has exposed a massive British police spying network, in which individuals and groups opposing police harassment, brutality and corruption were systematically monitored.
By Eric London, 22 June 2013
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that the UK and US intelligence agencies record the content of phone calls, email messages, Facebook posts and browser histories of tens of millions of people.
By Paul Stuart, 22 June 2013
London’s Metropolitan Police utilised the recent G8 summit in Northern Ireland to step up its demands for water cannon to be used against protests.
By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2013
The British government has issued a “private and confidential” request to UK media that it censor information relating to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
By Chris Marsden, 1 June 2013
The killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London has lifted a corner of the veil of lies, intrigue and criminality surrounding British foreign policy.
By Julie Hyland, 29 May 2013
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby, were under surveillance for years.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 27 May 2013
The decision to arrest Abu Nusaybah at BBC headquarters suggests that Britain’s MI5 and Special Branch know a great deal more than they have admitted about the killers of Lee Rigby.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2013
On April 17 and 18, anti-terrorist units of numerous European Union member states participated in an operation involving simulated terrorist attacks in nine different countries.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 April 2013
The National Union of Students has launched a phoney campaign to “Bring Back” the Educational Maintenance Allowance, after previously sabotaging the opposition to its abolition.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls for the denial of welfare rights to migrant workers and immigrants.
By Julie Hyland, 22 March 2013
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have agreed to establish a press regulatory body by Royal Charter that overturns 300 years of press freedom.
By Joan Smith, 16 March 2013
Alfie Meadows, who was brutally beaten by police during the anti-tuition fees protests in 2010, was cleared of violent disorder.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 March 2013
The Justice and Security Bill marks a major departure in principles of English law—that cases are held and decided in public and the evidence presented by the other party is disclosed.
By Paul Bond, 20 February 2013
The passage through the House of Commons of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill is being depicted as a democratic triumph. It is no such thing.
By Paul Bond, 28 December 2012
Three months after Andrew Mitchell MP resigned over allegations that he had abused police officers, it is clear that much of the evidence against him was fabricated.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2012
The British government has stripped Mahdi Hashi, a 23-year-old British national who also held Somali nationality, of his UK citizenship.
By Simon Whelan, 9 November 2012
Accused hacker Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the United States was halted on the grounds of his fragile mental health and a high suicide risk.
By our reporters, 20 October 2012
The official Greater Manchester Police justification for the killing of unarmed Anthony Grainger, that he was part of a group conspiring to commit robbery, has been thrown out of court.
By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2012
The killing of two female police officers in Manchester, England has occasioned a frenzied government, police and media-led campaign aimed at handing the police even greater powers.
By Sally Smith, 24 September 2012
An internal hearing sacked a police officer for “misconduct” for his attack of a newspaper vendor during the 2009 G20 protest, but refused to rule on whether his death resulted from the attack.
By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2012
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has prepared the way for the deportation from Britain of up to 2,600 foreign students at London Metropolitan University (LMU).
By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012
Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Trevor Johnson, 9 August 2012
Sean Rigg was a fit and healthy 40-year old, a successful musician and producer who suffered from bouts of paranoid schizophrenia.
By Simon Whelan, 8 August 2012
The internal West Midlands police professional standards investigation into the Rizwaan Sabir affair, following complaints by Dr. Rod Thornton over the police’s handling of the case, is finally complete.
By Aidan Claire and Katie Owen, 7 July 2012
A 48-year-old man set himself on fire outside a Birmingham Jobcentre to protest not receiving his benefit payment.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 June 2012
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is playing the anti-immigrant card, promising new measures to prevent British people being “locked out” of jobs by foreign workers.
By our reporters, 23 June 2012
A rally to bring attention to the death of Anthony Grainger at the hands of the police was held in Manchester June 17.
By Robert Stevens, 15 May 2012
Tenants in east London are being evicted from their homes in the run-up to the London Olympics Games, to be held July 27–August 12.
By Richard Tyler, 9 May 2012
Billions of pounds are being provided to the police, military and intelligence agencies to fund a mobilisation of state forces on a scale never seen in London in peacetime.
By our reporters, 20 April 2012
Anthony Paul Grainger, 36, an unarmed man, was shot and killed by police on March 3 in the small Cheshire village of Culcheth. The WSWS spoke to his partner Gail Hadfield Grainger and a friend about the campaign to uncover the truth about his killing.
By Paul Bond, 14 April 2012
London’s Metropolitan Police Service is at the centre of a growing storm about police racism. Eight officers and one civilian member of staff have been suspended, as 10 reported incidents have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
By Julie Hyland, 12 April 2012
The decision by the European Court of Human Rights that five men detained on terror-related charges can be extradited to the United States marks a major assault on democratic rights.
By Paul Bond, 11 April 2012
Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has announced plans to extend wider state surveillance across e-mail, telephone and social media communications.
By Harvey Thompson and Mark Blackwood, 26 March 2012
Azhar Ahmed, a19-year-old from Ravensthorpe, England, was arrested last week by West Yorkshire Police and charged with a “racially aggravated public order offence”.
“The attacks on us are extraordinarily revealing”
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2012
Julian Assange discusses his British court appeal against extradition to Sweden and the ongoing attacks on WikiLeaks, freedom of the press and other basic rights.
By Julie Hyland, 15 March 2012
Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the extradition to the United States of 23-year-old Richard O’Dwyer on charges of copyright infringement.
By Trevor Johnson, 10 March 2012
Police shot and killed Anthony Grainger with a bullet to the heart on March 3.
By Julie Hyland, 8 March 2012
Britain’s Independent newspaper has detailed previously suppressed allegations of corruption by police involved in the investigation into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.
By Julie Hyland, 11 February 2012
The British government is continuing its efforts to deport Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan.
By Paul Stuart, 1 February 2012
The Royal United Services Institute, in partnership with the Home Office, held a conference on security for the upcoming Olympic Games in London.
By Julie Hyland, 7 January 2012
Gary Dobson and David Norris were sentenced this week for the 1993 racist killing of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence.
By Athiyan Silva, 3 January 2012
British authorities deported 55 Sri Lankan refugees back to Sri Lanka, disregarding their safety and warnings by human rights groups.
By Trevor Johnson, 13 December 2011
An entire family, including a young baby and an eight-year-old child, face being thrown out of their family home in Manchester, England under anti-democratic legislation.
By Paul Stuart, 7 December 2011
Preparations for the 2012 Olympics in London are being approached based on the calculation that Britain is a country on the edge of mass social conflict.
By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2011
Christine Assange discusses the US-led frame-up campaign against WikiLeaks and her son Julian, the role of the Gillard Labor government, and the political implications for basic democratic rights.
By Chris Marsden, 12 November 2011
The scale of the police operation mounted Wednesday against a relatively small and entirely peaceful protest against UK education cuts shows that the ruling elite is no longer prepared to tolerate any form of political and social opposition.
By Robert Stevens, 11 November 2011
The policing of Wednesday’s students protest in London was unprecedented in its repressive character.
”Our future shouldn’t be determined by a few rich people”
By our reporters, 11 November 2011
A reporting team from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those participating in Wednesday’s student protest in London
By Paul Bond, 31 October 2011
A protest by the United Families and Friends Campaign against deaths in police custody was held in London on Saturday.
By our reporter, 20 October 2011
The initial meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into August’s Tottenham riots took place last Saturday. The area erupted after Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, was fatally shot by police on August 4.
By Julie Hyland, 18 October 2011
Britain’s new police powers include the ability to declare specific places “no go areas”, with a police superintendent empowered to instruct people to leave “to prevent or address serious disorder.”
By Julie Hyland, 24 September 2011
UK television broadcasters—the BBC, ITN and Sky News—are in the process of handing over hundreds of hours of untransmitted video footage from the riots in London in August to the Metropolitan Police.
By Mel Simpson, 24 September 2011
Sean Duffy was sentenced to jail for the maximum sentence of 18 weeks and banned from using social networking sites for five years.
“Are we paying people just to come and kill us?”
By Paul Bond, 13 September 2011
The riots triggered by the police killing of Mark Duggan on August 4 have unleashed a wave of legal repression, including numerous raids by armed response units seeking to arrest alleged rioters.
By Zach Reed, 12 September 2011
The funeral of Mark Duggan was held in North London on September 9. Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the 29-year-old father of four, whose death at the hands of police on August 4 sparked riots in several cities in England.
By Robert Stevens, 31 August 2011
In the space of just seven days, three more people have been killed in police operations in the UK involving the use of lethal Taser guns and pepper spray.
By Robert Stevens, 26 August 2011
Three weeks after the outbreak of widespread rioting in London, the Metropolitan Police continue to hunt down anyone suspected of involvement.
By Harvey Thompson, 24 August 2011
On August 16, officers from Cumbria Police responded to reports that a man was causing a disturbance at an address in Barrow-in-Furness.
By Richard Duckworth, 19 August 2011
The Bristol riots are a reflection of social deprivation and exclusion in Bristol, and also of the political disenfranchisement of the working class.
By our reporting teams, 19 August 2011
Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in the cities of Manchester and Leeds about recent riots, police brutality and the social conditions facing working class youth on a daily basis.
By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2011
Crown court judges in England handed down long jail sentences to two young men for posting comments on Facebook.
By Julie Hyland, 17 August 2011
The events of the last 12 days are a warning to the working class in Britain and internationally.
By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2011
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has admitted it “may have inadvertently given misleading information” about the circumstances surrounding the police shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London.
By Robert Stevens, 13 August 2011
Magistrates’ courts in London and other British cities have begun to hand down the harshest possible sentences to those accused of involvement in the riots that swept across cities in England earlier this week.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 11 August 2011
The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the police assault that has been unleashed against young people in Britain and demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the areas they now occupy.