The survival of many of our hospital services in South West London is at a critical stage, and the government (with complicity from local management and Clinical Commissioning Groups) is taking them from us.
We’ve five main hospitals left (in our so-called South West London “footprint”), and they are St George’s (Tooting), Croydon, St Helier (Carshalton), Epsom and Kingston. We’ve been told that they can’t sustain (a current buzzword) all five, and that it’ll be reduced to four, or even three. This where Mr Elkeles comes in.
The SWP is quite right to support the right of the people of Catalonia to determine their own future. Most of the mainstream media frames the question as “Should Catalonia break away from Spain?” In fact the real question is, “Should the people of Catalonia have the right to separate from Spain if they want to?”
The “illegal” referendum was organised because the Spanish Constitution makes it virtually impossible to hold one “legally”. And the brutal repression we have witnessed has probably created a majority in Catalonia for independence even if one did not exist before.
Even the UK’s most stolid institutions are waking up to the fact that, post-Grenfell, things are changing. Rather than award its annual top gong to someone responsible for designing a posh museum, sports stadium or residential block for wealthy people, the architects’ association RIBA has this year chosen Neave Brown as the recipient of its Gold Medal.
Having read Camilla Royle’s interview with Joseph Choonara in last month’s Socialist Review, I looked forward to reading his new Reader’s Guide to Marx’s Capital. I was not disappointed when I did and only wish it had been available when I tackled volume one of Marx’s world-changing work — on which Joseph’s guide focuses — some time ago.
I agree with John Parrington’s assertion that human characteristics and disorders are the product of an intricate interplay between society and biology. However, this academic generalisation should not be confused with a Marxist approach to human suffering.
I was surprised to read such an uncritical review by Kevin Devine of Oliver James’s book Not in Your Genes (June SR).
Discussing mental health, James argues that “what is crucial is how, as children, we are (or aren’t) nurtured by our parents”. It is true that family tensions can have a negative impact on mental health.