Socialist Review issue

February 2018 #432

Can we beat the Tories before 2022?


by Sally Campbell
Some very clear battle lines have already been drawn for 2018. As Charlie Kimber shows, Theresa May is hapless and trapped in No 10. The battle...
by John Newsinger
The setting up of the Office for Students, chaired by Michael Barber, signals that a new neoliberal assault on higher education is underway. This...
by Tom Kay
Campaigners internationally have welcomed the news that human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry and trade unionist Moatasem Medhat were released from...


Sue Caldwell

The surrealist artist Claude Cahun is far too little known — especially at a time when her radical approach to gender and identity is so relevant to current discussions, writes Sue Caldwell.

Charlie Kimber

Theresa May’s government is staggering from crisis to crisis, yet no likely replacement for May is apparent. Charlie Kimber assesses the political landscape as Corbyn’s Labour Party waits in the...

Moyra Samuels

Months on from the tower block fire that shook Britain, Socialist Review spoke to Justice4Grenfell activist Moyra Samuels about how the community is coping and what the campaign is planning.

Hsiao-Hung Pai

Socialist Review spoke to Hsiao-Hung Pai about her new book, Bordered Lives, which exposes the failings of the refugee system in Europe.

Martin Empson

Martin Empson examines the contradictions behind the green rhetoric of the Chinese government and its continued reliance on fossil fuels.


by Nadia Sayed
I visited Auschwitz for the first time last November as part of Unite Against Fascism’s annual trip. I was one of a diverse delegation of activists. Seeing the camps, but also visiting the ghettos in...
by Joseph Choonara

The level of extortion made obvious to millions last month is a sharp illustration of the logic of capital.

by Noel Halifax

Gay activists played an important role in anti-fascist resistance. Noel Halifax tells the little-known story of the artist and writer turned freedom fighter Willem Arondeus, who was executed by...

by Ken Olende
Ambalavaner Sivanandan, who died on 3 January, was the director of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) and one of the most important anti-racist activists and intellectuals in Britain....


by Alan Gibson
It was the Vietnamese who kicked off, 50 years ago, what became one of the greatest years in recent history for political advance — 1968. On 30 January that year an 80,000-strong combined force of...
by Stephen Tollyfield
Iain Ferguson’s Politics of the Mind, reviewed in January SR, is my book of 2017. There is however one notable omission and this is any reference to mindfulness. I understand why. It is for the...


by Sally Campbell

Just before I went into the screening of Alexander Payne’s new film, Downsizing, I was reading George Monbiot’s article in the Guardian, “Is this the end of civilisation? We could take a different...

by Brian Richardson

Ta-Nehisi Coates is currently one of the most sought after black writers in the US. He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine and his previous book Between the World and Me (see...

by Salena Williams

In Radical Happiness Lynne Segal, a veteran of the women’s liberation movement and class struggle of the late 1960s and 1970s, makes a brave attempt to synthesise political history with psychology...

by Shaun Doherty

This is a remarkable work of historical detection. A skull found in a pub in Kent in 1963. A handwritten note inserted in an eye socket: “Skull of Haviladar Alum Bheg 46th Bengal N Infantry who...

by Mark Farmer

For a man who died aged only 45, Isaac Babel had a prodigious output. He was born in 1894 into a reasonably well-off Jewish family in the port of Odessa, currently part of Ukraine but then in...

by Pam Corr

One morning last December I opened the newspaper to read that “today marks 1,000 days since the beginning of the war in Yemen, a country which is now suffering from the largest humanitarian crisis...

by Rebecca Townesend

Michael Rosen’s latest collection of poetry for adults is wide ranging but at its heart displays a profound anti-racism and a fury at ruling class hypocrisy. In “Migration” he writes, “Our banks...

by Sheila McGregor

By 1917 all sides in the First World War were at a stalemate. The Battle of the Somme had already led to huge casualties on all sides. By January 1917, having lost a million men either killed,...

by Sally Kincaid

Many years ago I read a book edited by Phil Cohen called Children of the Revolution; it was stories of people who had grown up with parents who were members of the Communist Party (CP) in the...

by Bob Light

If you follow the world of the movies to any great degree you will know that 2018 is the centenary of the birth of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. You will also know that this is a Big Deal in...

Art / Exhibitions
by Laura Miles

This year marks 50 years since the great French general strike when 800,000 students, teachers and workers marched through Paris; the explosion of the peace movement; the rise of an international...

by John Newsinger

The British ruling class has for many years made a habit of grovelling to the Saudi royal family. The reason for this is clear: huge amounts of money. The Saudis have spent billions on British...

Five Things Listing
by Five things to do or see this month

Windrush: Movement of the People
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 7–10 February...