Socialist Review issue

December 2019 #452

A year of hope and horror

News

by Shaun Doherty
As we go to press the election campaign has just two weeks to run, but predicting the outcome would be a fool’s game. What is beyond doubt, however,...
by Colm Bryce
Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal threw the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) under a bus with his plan to create customs checks in the Irish Sea....
by Mark George QC
Lawyers don’t generally enjoy a very good reputation with the public, still less with most socialists. Ian Macdonald QC who has died aged 80 will...
by Jan Nielsen
As the election began the press was full of stories about the number of MPs, particularly women, stepping down because of the “horrific abuse” they...

Features

Feature
Sally Campbell

Looking back at the world of 2019 we can see examples of fantastic bravery and resistance in the face of fierce state repression, but also attempts by the right to gain ground. Sally Campbell asks...

Feature
Andy Brown

A combination of local capitalist forces and US imperialism lies behind the coup in Bolivia. But, as Andy Brown explains, the picture is more complicated, with Morales’s own political aims being...

Feature
Andy Zebrowski

The influence of the far-right has been growing for over a decade, but the resistance to them is beginning to flourish, writes Andy Zebrowski.

Feature
Tony Lerman

Tony Lerman is one of the authors of Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, the party and public belief (Pluto, 2019). Rob Ferguson and Sophia Beach spoke to him about the Labour Party, antisemitism...

Feature
Steve Guy

As celebrations commenced at the signing of the General Armistice that ended the First World War, the British army, among others, decided to continue hostilities, this time against the new Soviet...

Feature

Our writers’ cultural and literary highlights of 2019

Opinion

Opinion
by Judy Cox

The exposure of Prince Andrew as an unapologetic ally of sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein should serve as a reminder that the royals and their establishment friends treat people as commodities,...

Opinion
by Héctor Puente Sierra

Catalan independence colours the results of the fourth general election in the Spanish state since 2015, as the far right party VOX makes major gains and the left loses support. Héctor Puente...

Letters

by David Gilchrist
I was somewhat taken aback by Sasha Simic’s article in the last edition of Socialist Review. Three of the world’s best known and critically acclaimed filmmakers — Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford...
by Phil Webster
Readers of Socialist Review will be very familiar with the ruling class’s “divide and rule” tactic, where they use nationalism, racism, sexism and homophobia to create scapegoats and divisions in the...
by Dave Lyddon
The springing of five dockers from Pentonville in July 1972 was class struggle in the raw. Sabby Sagall (Feedback, November 2019) suggests that the unofficial strike movement “was certainly crucial...

Reviews

Books
by Martin Empson

For 20 years Naomi Klein has been one of the foremost activists, journalists and writers within the anti-capitalist and environmental movements. From No-Logo, a book that epitomised the anti-...

Books
by Julian Bild

This book is a searing account of the effects of Tory immigration policy, introduced with the support of their LibDem partners, and designed to make it impossible for irregular migrants to survive...

Books
by Maria Sanders Mora

A few weeks ago, we started the Biology unit in science. My teacher gave us a brief on the topic we would focusing on: Maintaining Biodiversity. She warned us that this was the topic that people...

Books
by Paul Sillett

There’s much to be recommended in this account about the legendary, postwar, anti-fascist 43 Group, containing as it does terrific exploits and anecdotes from Group veterans that encapsulate...

Books
by Faye Lockett

My sex education, like many of my peers, was limited. Conversations were hushed, lessons were focused on contraception and how to prevent pregnancy, and there was little discussion about sexuality...

Books
by Rebecca Townesend

This book of photographs is linked to a documentary of the same name. It tells some of the stories of the Troubles in Northern Ireland using the photographs and memories of seven photographers:...

Books
by Kirsty Turkington

Eliza Gearty’s debut novel is vivid and utterly engaging, grabbing you from the very first page and pulling you up and down Glasgow’s sandstone tenement flats, into living rooms filled with clouds...

Books
by Kevin McCaighy

The literary world is no stranger to the infinite possibilities of speculative fiction. However, Shlomo Avineri’s latest addition to the mountain of books devoted to life and work of Karl Marx...

Film
by Mark Brown

The Irishman, the latest film by the legendary American director Martin Scorsese, has been eagerly anticipated. Now that it has finally hit screens large and small (the movie is a Netflix...

Art / Exhibitions
by Liz Wheatley

Inspired by the Icelandic Phallological Museum (yes, that’s a penis museum), the director realised there was no female equivalent and organised a public fundraising campaign.

Unlike its...

Music
by Brian Richardson

Home Again and Love & Hate, Michael Kiwanuka’s first two albums, were both nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Little wonder then that his eponymously titled third release was...

Music
by Jessica Walsh

King Princess burst onto the scene in 2018 with singles “1950” and “Pussy is God”, which unambiguously rejected heteronormative sexuality in a pop packaging, as in the line, “I hate it when men...

Music
by Harkan Karayaka

The Skints’s sound combines punk, ska and reggae. Their recent tour promoting new album Swimming Lessons offered the audience a blast of emotions, whether they were jumping around to some songs,...