Welcome to our 25th anniversary issue.
Socialist Review was launched in April 1978 with the aim, as we said at the time 'to offer our readers informed analysis of events taking place in both Britain and the world. We hope, through doing so, to show how the system under which we live is faced with a world crisis, and to examine the response of workers in many countries to the effects of the crisis,'
Since then Socialist Review has covered all the events that have made history over the last 25 years: the collapse of Stalinism and the fall of the Berlin Wall; the Great Miners' Strike Of 1984-85; the defeat of apartheid; the rise and fall of Thatcher and the Tories; the emergence of the anticapitalist movement and growing disillusionment with New Labour.
Today the left faces potentially its greatest challenge with war in Iraq. Defeat for imperialism would strengthen our side immeasurably and could open the door to a radical change in society. Over the coming months Socialist Review will endeavour to play its part in the growing anti-war movement. We intend to maintain the high level of reporting and analysis that have enabled us to become established as the biggest socialist monthly magazine in Britain. In doing so we need the help of our readers. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a regular copy of Socialist Review then send in the subscription form on page 35--we will also send them a free copy of The Communist Manifesto with their first issue. Also, if you would like to take a few extra copies to sell to your friends or workmates then let us know and we'll ensure you get these in the post every month the day after we print.
Unfortunately due to increased printing and production costs we have had to raise the cover price to £2. This is the first increase since October 1999. We are, however, pleased to announce that Socialist Review will soon be online at www.socialistreview.org.uk Here you will be able to access both current and back issues, send us letters and comment and take out subscriptions.