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Mental health charity warns of “nightmare scenario” for North East England

By Mark Blackwood, December 22, 2012

A report reveals that when compared to the London area, the UK’s poorest region in the North East has almost three times the rate of self-harm/attempted suicide hospital admissions.

Privatisation agenda behind government threats against UK teachers

By Julie Hyland, December 22, 2012

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition intends to roll out the conditions that exist in academies to all public schools, in preparation for the handing over of education to the private sector.

Government threatens UK teachers with pay cuts as punishment for industrial action

By Julie Hyland, December 20, 2012

By threatening teachers with pay cuts, the government intends to create a precedent that will be used against all public sector workers.

Private consultants reap rewards from UK National Health Service privatisation

By Richard Duckworth, December 19, 2012

Private consultancy firms have been central to the coalition government’s plans to carve up the National Health Service.

UK government pays millions to tortured Libyan to conceal its crimes

By Julie Hyland, December 18, 2012

The British government has agreed to pay £2.23 million to Libyan Sami al-Saadi and his family, who were kidnapped with the aid of MI6 and rendered to Tripoli.

British Labour backs welfare benefit cuts

By Robert Stevens, December 17, 2012

Labour has utilised the coalition government’s recent budget to assure big business it is prepared to enforce attacks on the poor.

UK local authorities plan more than a billion pounds in cuts

By Robert Stevens, December 15, 2012

Local authority councils throughout the UK are planning more than a billion pounds in further cuts to be imposed next year and years beyond.

Lobbyists collude with UK government on National Health Service privatisation

By Tony Robson, December 13, 2012

A leaked document exposes how intense lobbying shaped government health policy during a fraudulent public “listening exercise” on the Health and Social Care Bill.

The royal pregnancy phone hoax

By Julie Hyland, December 13, 2012

The monarchy is the human embodiment of a social order based on wealth, privilege and class oppression.

UK Autumn budget: Austerity without end for workers

By Julie Hyland, December 8, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has added a further £5 billion cuts targeting welfare to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition’s austerity package of £155 billion.

The American establishment and the British royal pregnancy

By David Walsh, December 7, 2012

The announcement that Kate Middleton, wife of Britain’s Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby has produced unseemly squeals of delight from the American media and establishment generally.

UK by-elections reveal hostility to government

By Dave Hyland, December 7, 2012

Six by-elections in England have underscored the hostility of broad layers of working people to the bourgeois political setup.