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How the spy cops were set up to infiltrate the left


Parliament and the press fumed with growing paranoia as the revolts of 1968 entered Britain.

Grenfell firms try to avoid justice during blaze inquiry


Landlords for the Grenfell tower have unveiled shocking revelations at the inquiry into the blaze. Their evidence shows that at every turn profit was prioritised over safety.

How Trump and privatised health care left US exposed


The US is the richest country in the world, but has one of the worst responses to coronavirus. Sarah Bates looks at how a a broken system killed over 200,000

Busting the bigoted myths told about transgender people


JK Rowling’s new book has ignited fury because it’s about a male serial killer who dresses up in women’s clothing. Sophie Squire takes apart the myths that paint trans women as a threat 

The story of how Corbyn’s compromises led to defeat


Left Out is a book for people who think Keir Starmer is doing a good job. But it also holds some valuable lessons for genuine socialists—and hard truths about the Labour Party.

QAnon conspiracy theorists are important for Trump—and they’re dangerous


QAnon followers have been egged on by a president who promised them vengeance against their enemies and never followed through

Tour de France—how bosses are putting profits above safety


As the year’s biggest cycling event begins Nick Clark investigates if such sporting events can be safe in the Covid-19 pandemic

Joe Biden’s coronation will not bring real change 


As Democrats pick corporate favourite Joe Biden as their presidential candidate to face Donald Trump,  Sophie Squire says hope lies outside the party machine 

Blame Tories not the poor for obesity and hunger


The rolling out of new measures to tackle obesity shames poor people and will not tackle a crisis that the Tories made worse, says Sarah Bates

Don’t rush in to wrong explanations of Russian interference


Vladimir Putin and the Russian state are ruthless. But so is Britain. The real story is about competition, cooperation and corruption under capitalism

Racist legacy to blame for Blackburn Covid-19 spike


A sharp increase in coronavirus cases has taken Blackburn back to the brink of lockdown, and some have a racist solution.

British society scarred by deep poverty and racism


A new report shows 14.4 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living in poverty—and it’s even worse for black people, writes Sadie Robinson

‘I miss a normal life’—the workers stuck out at sea


Lockdown has imprisoned seafarers on ships for months—and they are desperate to leave.

Slaughter abroad is linked to militarisation of the US police


It was after the US’s wars in the Middle East escalated that military equipment really started flooding into police departments, writes Nick Clark 

Plan for new repressive laws reignites rage in Hong Kong


For the second time this year, pro-democracy protesters have filled the streets of Hong Kong. Sadie Robinson looks at what’s driving their anger

Tory ‘test, track and trace’ plan is in tatters before it’s begun


After months of failures, Boris Johnson claims he has a new contact tracing strategy. But as Sarah Bates reports, the scheme is already in trouble

Report exposes shocking call centre conditions for workers


Call centre workers are risking their lives on a “dangerous frontline” in the coronavirus crisis. A new report says that, “Without exaggeration the severity of the hazards from Covid-19 and the effects on these workers make for shocking reading.”

Virus in prison system puts inmates' lives at risk


Coronavirus is ripping through prisons, as cruel conditions put tens of thousands of people at risk. 

Cuts and Covid-19 are a deadly cocktail for social care


The death toll from the coronavirus in care homes is a scandal, yet workers’ demands for safety measures are still being ignored, reports Sarah Bates

Viruses and the sick system that destroys our environment


Pandemics and viral outbreaks aren’t an accident of nature. Fresh research confirms how tearing up animals’ natural habitats and intensive farming are to blame, writes Sadie Robinson

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