Socialist Review issue

June 2013 #381

The Peoples Assembly


by Weyman Bennett

The racist backlash after the murder of a soldier outside Woolwich barracks last month has been on a far greater scale than that following the 7...

by Riya Al'Sanah

Hundreds of the thousands of Bedouins who currently live in the south of Israel are now facing ethnic cleansing. The Prawer plan is the largest...


Charlie Kimber

The People's Assembly will be a focus for many wanting to see a fightback. Charlie Kimber argues this is welcome, but we need to address the role of trade union leaders and the Labour Party if we...

Jorn Andersen

What would a Labour goverment under Ed Miliband be like? One indication comes from Denmark. As Jørn Andersen explains, the Social Democrat-led government was elected in 2011 amid hopes for a real...

Sarah Ensor

Sarah Ensor unpicks the myth that Iceland has taken an alternative route to austerity

Mark L Thomas

In last month's Socialist Review, Ed Rooksby, a supporter of the Left Unity initiative, put forward his view that a...

Tash Shifrin

Ukip's success in last month's council elections underlined its move from the margins to a more significant force. Tash Shifrin looks at the roots of its emergence and how we should respond

Ian Birchall

In February's issue of Socialist Review Alex Callinicos addressed the claim that Leninism is finished. Here, Ian Birchall responds to Alex arguing that he asks the question, but does not fully...


In my view column
by Sandy Nicoll

The emergence of the Pop-Up union at Sussex University has raised important debates about how to organise in the unions and how to address the inertia of the union officials.

Union-made column
by Andrew Stone

After provoking even headteachers to heckle him, Michael Gove's plans for a new curriculum for school history look to be in trouble. Andrew Stone looks at the growing campaign against them

In perspective column
by Mark Krantz

In 1990 when Thatcher brought in the "Community Charge" we were told it was only "fair" that the "duke and his gardener pay the same". The Community Charge was a flat rate council tax imposed on...

In perspective column
by Ian Birchall

Alex Callinicos ("Is Leninism finished?" SR, February 2013) claims that during the recent internal debate in the SWP...

Culture column
by Pat Carmody

I joined my first organisation in 1971. The body had more than 2 million members in more than 20,000 branches and provided potentially life-saving information.


Revolutionary road I would like to make two points in response to Ed Rooksby's article on realignment of the left (Feature, Socialist Review, May 2013). First, having experienced the rise and...


Classic reads
by Siobhan Brown

The Paris Commune of 1871 was the result of the world's first working class revolution. It survived for only two months but it was the most democratic and liberating government the world had seen...

by Mikhil Karnik

Frances Webber

by Fergus Alexander

Daniel Brook

by Ian Birchall

Leo Zeilig

by Sally Kincaid

Hsiao-Hung Pai

by Miriam Scharf

Edited by Larbi Sadiki, Heiko Wimmen and Layla Al-Zubaidi

by Jan Nielsen

Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright

by Sarah Robertson

The Case of Eddie Gilfoyle is written and published by the Eddie Gilfoyle Support Group, £3

Classic reads
by Dave Gibson

Hans Fallada

First published in 1947

by Maciek Bancarzewski

Armando Iannucci, writer and director of The Thick of It and In the Loop, here takes his political satire from Whitehall to the White House. Set in the office of the fictional vice-president...

by Jack Farmer

The Hothouse is a comedy about torture and interrogation. This pacy new production does well to highlight the hilarity of Harold Pinter's 1958 play, which effortlessly combines the sinister with...

by Xanthe Rose

Tina Gharavi has created a beautiful character with Nasrine. She's fun, quietly defiant and full of optimism. Like many women in their late teens, she is determined to push boundaries. And that is...

Art / Exhibitions
by Jan Blake

Although recognised in Lebanon today, this is the first major international showing of paintings and sculpture by the 97-year-old Choucair. She was one of the first to interpret Arabic aesthetics...

Art / Exhibitions
by Phil Turner

By day Leonard Beaumont was a newspaper printer - by night an artist who caught the mood of the times. Beaumont, who worked in the art department of the Sheffield Telegraph in the early part of...