Socialist Review issue

December 2020 #463

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Tories in chaos...the cracks begin to show


by Lee Humber
From the very beginning of this pandemic, the Socialist Review has been very clear that the fatal nature of the Covid-19 virus is not primarily due...
by Camilla Royle
It has been a difficult second lockdown for Boris Johnson. Currently self-isolating in Downing Street, he has been struggling with two huge...


Georgios Tsiakalos

Socialist Review spoke to Georgios Tsiakalos, an academic and social justice campaigner, on the human cost of the EU’s increasingly draconian measures against immigrants and asylum seekers.

Sabby Sagall and Lee Humber

Sabby Sagall and Lee Humber examine the EHRC report and talk to Labour party members, former members and other organisations about antisemitism slurs and the future for socialists

Sabby Sagall and Lee Humber

The question of a parliamentary road to socialism has never been more important than now, but has it reached a dead end? Socialist Review asks Labour Party members, activists and campaigners for...

Virginia Rodino

Democrats were lifted to victory by the mass movements that swept the US during the Trump years, writes Virginia Rodino. Virginia Rodino is part of Marx 21
Baltimore/DC; Maryland Green Party...

Baba Aye

Baba Aye reviews two books that tackle the origins of Covid-19, the part played by government failures, as well as the social and environmental degradation underlying the spread of the Coronavirus...


by Refugee Activist

We conclude our analysis of the plight of migrants with Part 2 of Refugees Under Siege, by a Calais-based refugee activist. In it, we look at what awaits refugees who make it to Britain.

by Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson looks at the hope for real change raised by BLM


by Jack Robertson

His fearless reporting of the struggle from Ireland to Afghanistan was defined as ‘speaking truth to power’. Jack Robertson pays tribute to a journalist who changed the mind of a generation.


by Lee Humber

Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care? Ezekiel Emanuel Hatchet Book Group, New York £23
The title of this book is misleading. Really it’s a comparative study drawing on 10...

by Julia Armstrong

Wuhan Diary. Fang Fang Harper Collins £24
The diary of a Chinese writer living in Wuhan, China, following the unfolding coronavirus crisis which became a global pandemic, has become a...

by Jan Neilson

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel, Rachel Holmes Bloomsbury £35
This book is a huge tribute to one of the greatest female socialist campaigners Britain has produced. Like her biography of...

by Nicola Field

Some of Millions: From Breakdown to Breakthrough, Edited by Jethro Bor. The Book Guild £9.99
Nearly half of adults believe they have had a mental health condition, but only a fifth of men...

by Phil Rowan

Cassius X, Stuart Cosgrove Birlinn £17.99
Cassius X is a superb piece of writing documenting a time when Cassius Clay got politicised by Nation of Islam and in particular Malcolm X. This is...

by Simon Hestor

The Rhino Conspiracy, Peter Hain Muswell Press £14.99
Peter Hain, former Labour MP, prominent anti-apartheid campaigner and close supporter of the African National Congress (ANC), has...

by Dave Clinch

The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution, Niklas Frykman University of California Press £28
In “the Atlantic’s great age of mutiny”, during the French Revolutionary Wars,...

by Dermot Smyth

Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide, Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson Pluto Press £16.99
That economic growth cannot continue indefinitely on a finite planet has been widely accepted for...

by Jane Basset

Shakespeare in a Divided America, James Shapiro Faber and Faber £20
In two fascinating books, 1599: A year in the life of William Shakespeare and 1606: William Shakespeare and the year of...

by Russ Chandler

All Against All: The Long Winter of 1933 and the Origins of the Second World War, Paul Jankowski Profile £20
I don’t want to give this work a bad review, because I suspect it just isn’t...

by Talat Ahmed

John Lennon died on 8 December 1980 and would have been 80 this year. He was shot dead outside his home at the Dakota Buildings in New York by Mark Chapman, an obsessive fan who had moments before...

by Sally Campbell

A couple of weeks after all the furore surrounding its unveiling, I made my way to Newington Green to see the Mary Wollstonecraft statue for myself. It was smaller than I expected, no bigger than...

by Lorraine Huddle

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) a baroque artist, has been rediscovered in recent years. Lorraine Huddle looks at her art.