Socialist Review issue

January 2020 #453

How Labour lost, and how to rebuild

News

by Sally Campbell
The devastating blow of last month’s general election defeat will be hard for Labour activists and all those who willed a Corbyn victory to get over...
by Shaun Doherty
The election results in the North of Ireland saw a drop in the overall share of the vote for the two main parties at Stormont. Both the DUP (down 5.4...
by Ian Taylor
The Tory election victory transformed Boris Johnson from a prime minister who could barely win a vote in Parliament to one who can, for now, do as he...
by Olivia Olessi
The idea of the “sardines” is a very simple one: all together against Italian far right politician Matteo Salvini’s rhetoric of hate. Their first...
by Anne Alexander
With much fanfare and mutual backslapping, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu launched the US government’s “peace plan” at a glitzy press conference...

Features

Feature
Joseph Choonara

The reasons for the Tory victory extend back beyond Jeremy Corbyn’s time as Labour Party leader and beyond Brexit. Joseph Choonara explains and points a way forward.

Feature
Sarah Bates

Online dating has taken off spectacularly in the past decade, with up to 200 million users around the world. Sarah Bates asks how much services such as Tinder change the ways we relate to each...

Feature
Laura Miles

Trans activist Laura Miles spoke to Socialist Review about her new book, Transgender Resistance, and the fight for liberation today.

Feature
Fergus Nicol

The answer seems obvious but, as thermal efficiency expert Fergus Nicol says, once global warming and energy conservation are factored in, the solution to the housing crisis is more complicated....

Feature
Bob Light

Some have tried to claim Russian author Vasily Grossman, whose novels Life and Fate and the newly translated Stalingrad are considered masterpieces, as a supporter of the West and proponent of...

Opinion

Opinion
by Jim Barlow

Dundee is the drug deaths capital of Europe. Jim Barlow assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the recent Dundee Drugs Commission report, which suggests a number of approaches to a complex issue...

Opinion
by Bob Fotheringham

The general election looked very different north of the border. Bob Fotheringham outlines the dynamics of independence, the disappointment in Scottish Labour and the anti-Tory feeling that shaped...

Opinion
by Jim Scott
Certain writers fall into undeserved neglect, and although Victor Serge’s writings received something of a revival in the 60s many socialists are still not familiar with his work. Yet Serge’s theme...

Letters

by Sabby Sagall
Dave Lyddon claims in his latest contribution to our discussion about the 1972 docks’ strike (Feedback, December SR) that the TUC threat to call a general strike was not key to the release of the...
by Terry Ward
I would like to add to Steve Guy’s article about the British military involvement in Russia after the 1917 Revolution. The British military took the opportunity to use the latest technology of...
by Ian Birchall
I was most interested to read the obituary of Ian Macdonald QC (December SR). The story of a life devoted to fighting within the legal system for justice and against racism was indeed inspiring....

Reviews

Books
by Yuri Prasad

Many people assume that scientific racism and eugenics were dealt a death blow at the end of the Second World War when the nature and scale of horrifying Nazi atrocities were revealed. But Angela...

Books
by Alan Gibson

This book is a very important contribution to the history of anti-imperialism and racism in the UK. Priyamvada Gopal first tells the stories of several white colonialists who, as a result of the...

Books
by Sam York

This incredibly enjoyable book utterly destroys the myths around masculinity and is a great read for younger men told to “man up”, “stop being such a wimp” and so on. There has been a significant...

Books
by Phil Webster

This latest Inspector Montalbano story is the one the racists do not like. It is sympathetic towards refugees, who are shown as human beings facing hardship and tragedy, rather than as an alien “...

Books
by Richard Rose

“The trouble with you...is that you feel that people’s stories have to make some sort of sense. Whereas in reality it’s all accidents.” So says one of the characters in David Constantine’s...

Books
by Ken Olende

The 1950s Mau Mau war in Kenya was one of the bloodiest of the conflicts that ended the British Empire. The colonial authorities won, but the cost was too heavy to keep holding on. Still, the...

Art / Exhibitions
by Esther Neslen

Charlotte Salomon was born at the end of the First World War and grew up in Berlin with her Jewish parents. The work on display in this show is a history of her family before she was born and her...

Art / Exhibitions
by Ben Windsor

Anselm Kiefer is something of an anomaly in the upper reaches of the contemporary art world.

In a period when the super-rich who set many trends favour the vacuous and decorative, his work...

Art / Exhibitions
by Mark Brown

Oscar Marzaroli (1933-1988) is, unquestionably, one of the finest photographers Scotland has ever produced. His pictures of Glasgow and its people, in particular, are an intrinsic and iconic party...

Film
by Jessica Walsh

Auteur director Terrence Malick commemorates the life of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter who, when called up for his second round of military service during the Second World War, refused to...

Music
by Rena Niamh Smith

“Break down the walls til patriarchy falls” goes the line in “The Anthem” on Waiting Game, the new album by Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, a collaboration with Aaron Parks and Matthew...

Music
by Brian Richardson

When word dropped that Stormzy’s new album Heavy Is The Head would be released on 13 December there were, to my mind, three possible scenarios. Firstly, it would be the perfect toast to a stunning...

Music
by Nick Grant

After a globetrotting decade as a backing singer, Tawiah finally releases an album of her own. Ironically titled “Starts Again”, it is the fruit of collaborations in those years with Sam Beste and...

Film
by Sally Campbell

There is a moment about half way through this panic-inducing film, where Howard Ratner’s (Adam Sandler) soon-to-be-ex-wife stares him in the face coldly and says, “I think you’re the most annoying...