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Stoke BNP leader Michael Coleman found guilty of racism

07 September 2012
Michael Coleman, leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP) in Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of racially aggravated alarm, harassment and distress at Stoke Crown Court today, Wednesday.

Allan Horsfall (1927-2012)

06 September 2012
Allan Horsfall, a pioneer of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality in Britain, has died aged 84. He was a key figure in the movement to abolish laws in England that banned all sex between men.

Real unemployment figure hits 3.5 million in Britain

04 September 2012
A new report shows that the real rate of unemployment in Britain is higher than at any time since 1997.

Anti-Atos protests take to streets of Manchester and Sheffield

29 August 2012
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Tory attack on GCSE grades will hit young people's futures

23 August 2012
School students across Britain are reeling today as many discover they have been awarded lower GCSE grades than expected, particularly in English.

It's time to stop the private train firms in their tracks

21 August 2012
Sky-high ticket prices. Overcrowded trains. Bumper profits for private firms. Massive bonuses for bosses. The reality of Britain’s privatised railways was brought to everyone’s attention last week as another year of above inflation fare increases sparked protests at 40 stations.

Privatisation nightmare looms at London Metropolitan University

21 August 2012
London Metropolitan University looks set to become the first British university taken over by a private company, reports have indicated.

Julian Assange must face rape charges, not US revenge

21 August 2012
Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder being protected by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, appeared on a low balcony last Sunday to make a speech. He seemed to be almost mocking the British police, who could not touch him.

China Crisis: Bo Xilai, corruption and looming economic slowdown

14 August 2012
The fall of prominent Chinese politician Bo Xilai earlier this year exposed the depths of corruption in China’s ruling class. Much of the media here is focusing on his wife, Gu Kailai, who last week stood trial for murdering a British businessman.

The rich start to panic

14 August 2012
The media is full of dire judgments on the state of the British economy. Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, says nothing is going to get better fast. He admits the recovery will be "a long, slow process".

News round-up

14 August 2012
UK faces court over kill list Britain’s role in supplying information to the US for their "kill list" is going to be challenged in court. An Afghan man who lost five of his relatives in a targeted missile strike has started proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Jamaica: an island of rebellion

07 August 2012
The Union Jack was lowered over Jamaica’s capital Kingston on 6 August 1962, watched by Princess Margaret for the British crown.

Recession or no recession, the bosses take the cash

07 August 2012
Even before the recession less money was going to workers. Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP), the total economic output of the country, rose by 11 percent between 2003 and 2008.

No Olympic boost as the Games just add to economic misery

07 August 2012
The Olympics was going to be the event that saved Britain from the recession. Like the royal wedding and the jubilee before it, the hype was that it would provide huge economic growth.

The media, crime and racism

07 August 2012
The horrific case of Shafilea Ahmed, who was murdered by her parents for refusing an arranged marriage, has sparked outrage. The press has raged about how South Asians and Muslims have to learn "British values".

There's no light at end of Osborne's cuts tunnel

31 July 2012
Figures released last week underlined that the Tories’ austerity policies are pushing Britain’s economy deeper into recession.

When the law lost: how mass strikes freed the Pentonville Five

31 July 2012
Today’s working class movement faces an urgent task. In order to spur on the fightback to austerity, organisation and confidence must be rebuilt at a rank and file level. But 40 years ago, rank and file workers’ power in Britain was a reality impossible to ignore.

Homelessness is on the rise

31 July 2012
The number of people in Britain without a home has rocketed by 25 percent in the past three years, new research has found.

Milk pricing row turns sour as farmers blockade cartels

31 July 2012
Several thousand farmers have staged demonstrations outside dairies in Britain. They have blockaded entrances with machinery and poured milk down drains. But why?

Is manufacturing dead in Britain?

24 July 2012
From the unions to the Labour Party, it’s common to hear the idea that Britain’s manufacturing base is now all but destroyed. "We don’t make things any more," they say.

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