Socialist Review issue

January 2011 #354

A generation in revolt


by Judith Orr

One way in which the coalition government is attempting to deflect anger about its austerity measures is to cut funding to local councils -...

by Kevin Devine

The economic recovery remains elusive, but the cost of living remains high and looks set to go even higher in 2011.

by Patrick Ward

The sickness of the economy has done little to dent the healthy profits of private hospitals.

by Patrick Ward

"When companies or people go about securing and storing large quantities of data that isn't rightfully theirs, and publishing this data without...

by Patrick Ward

"Things got out of hand and we'd had a few drinks," said David Cameron back in 1986, speaking about his time in Oxford. "We smashed the place up...

by Suzanne Jeffery

The outcome of the UN climate talks in Cancún, Mexico, is being spun as a success. Such claims can only be made because of the chronically low...


Terry Wrigley

The coalition government has launched a colossal attack on all aspects of our education system. Terry Wrigley argues that this is an acceleration of previous governments' policies to drive the...

Dave Sewell

For years we have been told that today's students are apathetic. Dave Sewell argues that the "Day X" demonstrations marked the birth of a new student movement.

Emmanuel Broadusm, Ryan Ffrench

One year on from the devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people, ordinary Haitians are still suffering homelessness, cholera and an occupying army. Emmanuel Broadus reports on...


Letter from
by Kim Ha-young

The recent artillery exchanges in the Korean peninsula come after a period of escalating tension in the region, reports Kim Ha-young.

In my view column
by Pat Stack

It's all beginning to feel as if it were a Stieg Larsson novel. You have computer hacking, a journalist exposing the dirty doings of the rich and powerful, outcry and outrage from the said rich...

Union-made column
by Ken Muller

Holding the Islington NUT banner at the corner of Parliament Square last month, just before Eton-educated David Cameron and his new fag, Nick Clegg, were about to lead their MPs to vote for a...

In perspective column
by Anindya Bhattacharyya

As austerity attacks bite, the threat posed by anti-Muslim racism is likely to grow.

Revolutionary Lessons
by Jack Farmer

Can students challenge the state? Jack Farmer explores the issues.

Culture column
by Mike Gonzalez

Why is the extraordinary painter, muralist, novelist, illustrator and socialist, Alasdair Gray, so little known?

Culture column
by Angela Stapleford

From teenage romances to adult drama, vampires are currently popular in film, television and books. Recent news that a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer film is in the pipeline should have overjoyed...


Crisis - Tax - China


by Patrick Ward, by John Pilger

Despite claims of impartiality, journalists are often subservient to the needs of the rich and powerful. John Pilger spoke to Patrick Ward about the media, power and his new film The War You Don't...


by Paul Blackledge

Edited by Roger Brown, Routledge, £24.99

by Colin Wilson

Simon LeVay, Oxford University Press USA, £17.99

by Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Ronnie Kasrils, SA Books, £14.95

by Kevin Orr

Owen Hatherley, Verso, £17.99

by Marieke Mueller

Philip Kerr, Quercus, £17.99

by Suhail Merchant

Hamid Dabashi, Zed books, £14.99

by Terry Wrigley

Diane Ravitch, Basic Books, £15.99

by Mark Krantz

Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge, Biteback, £20

by Sian Ruddick

Gareth Peirce, Verso, £9.99


Gramsci - Brave New Worlds - Dr Kevorkian - Spoons

by Sasha Simic

Director: Tom Hooper, Release date: 7 January

by Keira Brown

Director: Josh Fox, Release date: 14 January

by Louis Bayman

Director: Peter Mullan; Release date: 21 January

by Estelle Cooch

Director: Peter Weir; Release date: out now

by Patrick Ward

Director: John Pilger, Release date: out now

Art / Exhibitions
by Wayne Clements

National Gallery, until 22 May 2011, admission free