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Most people say, the rich are too rich


A huge majority— more than eight in ten—say the income gap between rich and poor is too big. This is up from three quarters in 2010.

Job losses change attitudes


The number of people who think those out of work could find a job “if they really wanted one” has fallen. 

Politicians fail to inspire us


Some 21 percent didn’t identify with any political party. 

Tory bill targets unions, not lobbyists


The Tories new bill will make it harder for trade unions and campaigning groups to organise—and let lobbyists off the hook, writes Simon Basketter

How PFI schemes damage future of public services


Sarah Ensor finds government-backed Private Finance Initiative schemes have saddled public services with ballooning debt repayments to private firms

Punishing whistleblowers is a very British tradition


Criminalising those who reveal state secrets comes naturally to the security services—because the state sees us all as enemies, says Raymie Kiernan

How Tories let the market bring chaos to our homes


Rising house prices boost wealthy speculators, not ordinary people who need somewhere to live. Ken Olende looks at the policies behind the housing crisis

Britain's 'boom' is small, shaky and built on sand


Simon Basketter finds the claims of economic recovery an unconvincing mix of exaggerated figures, mounting debt and another property bubble brewing

Thatcher planned to send in troops to break miners


Newly released government documents shed light on secret Tory plans to target miners, Northern Ireland and England’s flood defences, writes Simon Basketter

Encounters with the cops led to dozens more deaths


New figures reveal the year’s toll of deaths during and after police custody—painting a grisly picture of lives needlessly cut short, says Simon Basketter

Scientist slams ‘meaningless excuse’ of a death diagnosis


Excited delirium is a diagnosis used by coroners to explain ten restraint-related deaths that occurred in police custody in England and Wales since the late 1990s.

No blame and no justice for the wrongly jailed Cardiff Three


Two new reports into the Cardiff Three case refused to blame cops who ‘lost’ evidence and derailed a major police corruption trial says Simon Basketter

Police 'abused power' in Cardiff Three case


Tony Paris, one of those convicted of Lynette White’s murder who was later acquitted, said, “In December 2011 I was robbed of the chance to see justice done to the police officers who stood accused of fitting me up for murder.

What do unions get for giving money to Labour?


Simon Basketter looks at why Ed Miliband is trying to cut union members’ automatic subs to Labour—and why union leaders continue to fund the party

A history of attacks on unions' political funds


Unions are not legally allowed to support a political party in any way out of the general fund raised from members’ subscriptions. 

How donations to Labour can be 'tax efficient'


John Mills handed over £1.65 million worth of shares in his JML company to the party earlier this year.

Racism and resistance in the wake of Woolwich


The killing of soldier Lee Rigby sparked a wave of anti-Muslim attacks. But politicians and pundits created the climate for them, writes Annette Mackin

How to oppose the fascists in your area


Fascists have launched a series of attacks on trade unionists in Leeds over the last 20 or so years. 

Attacks are linked to EDL


Tell Mama, The Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks group, has recorded 540 Islamophobic incidents since March this year. 

Piper Alpha 25 years on: fire killed 167 workers because bosses cut corners


On the anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster, Socialist Worker looks at the union-busting and callous lack of safety that condemned oil workers to death

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