Socialist Review issue

June 2015 #403

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Can we topple the Tories?


People from a fishing village in Aceh organised a dramatic rescue to save hundreds of migrants who were in peril off Indonesia after they were...
by Simon Guy
The National Gallery in London has sacked leading PCS public service workers’ union rep Candy Udwin in a bitter fight over privatisation. National...
by Simon Assaf
The Egyptian state has once again arrested Mahienour el-Massry. Mahienour, along with renowned revolutionary Youssef Shaaban and six others, has...
by Simon Assaf
The Coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has failed to dent the Islamist movement. Despite thousands of...
by Simon Assaf
It has been a disastrous few months for the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria following a string of military defeats at the hands of rebels. Assad’s...
by Simon Guy
Rabina Khan, mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets, has launched her campaign with a strong anti-austerity and anti-racist message. The election on...
by Andy Brown
Local and regional elections in the Spanish state on 24 May saw a significant battering for the mainstream conservative Popular Party (PP) and...


Sally Campbell

The shock of the Tory majority win in May's general election threw up lots of questions for socialists. Sally Campbell looks beneath the results to understand the dynamics at play in british...

Siobhan Brown

The speed with which Cameron formed his new cabinet was a sign of the Tories' urgent desire to push through more austerity and racist attacks. Siobhan Brown looks at what we can expect.

Jo Cardwell

Campaigns against Ukip helped stop it winning the swathe of MPs it wanted, but it still won nearly 4 million votes. Stand Up to Ukip's Jo Cardwell says anti-racists need to keep up the pressure....

Bob Fotheringham

The political earthquake of the SNP's general election result proves that the anti-austerity message wins. But the lesson is lost on Scottish Labour.


by Lewis Nielsen
Four years ago a report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative sparked the global campaign to persuade universities, faith organisations and public institutions to sell financial holdings in fossil fuel...
In perspective column
by Jospeh Choonara

Class is often the missing element in politics, and when it is raised, it is in terms of suffering or aspiration, rather than power.

by Madeleine Corr

The appointment of the loathsome Michael Gove as justice secretary bodes ill for human rights in Britain. Solicitor Madeleine Corr seeks inspiration from teachers who ousted him from the education...

by John Newsinger

The Tories' commemoration of the bicentenary of Waterloo is another example of their wish to boost the image of the armed forces today. John Newsinger relates the real reasons for the battle in...

Culture clash
by Josh Brown
Gentrification is often described as a tale of David and Goliath where local residents and local businesses struggle to keep their heads above water against a rising tide of global corporate chain...


by Dermot Smyth
Joseph Choonara’s comment that “Syriza could have stuck to its pledges in the hope that European finance ministers would cave in” (In perspective, March SR) might actually understate the strength of...
by Merilyn Moos
David Gilchrist’s article (Building a theatre of action, May SR) revealed similarities with the workers’ theatre in Germany. In Germany from the late 1920s hundreds of agit-prop groups played...
by Ben Drake
In post-election discussions we seem to be running with the line that Labour lost by not being left wing enough. I think that’s simplistic. Partly Labour have lost their social, more than...
by Steve Guy
It seems like celebrating 70th anniversaries has become very popular recently, and the hoo-hah around VE Day is no exception. Carefully forgotten is the 100th anniversary of 1915, the second year...


by Nicola Field, by Gethin Roberts

Nicola Field and Gethin Roberts of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners spoke to Socialist Review about politicising this year's Pride season.


by Ian Taylor

A £50 billion high-speed rail line built and run by private firms and the sale of — extension of “Right to Buy” to — 1.3 million social housing properties are key parts of the new Tory programme...

by Tony Phillips

Imperial power lands troops near Basra. Imperial power seizes control of oil supplies. Imperial power brutally crushes opposition. Imperial power imposes puppet government based on one religious...

by Donny Gluckstein

The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe is a moving book, though initially it appears composed of disparate elements that do not comprise...

by Ken Olende

The people who risk their lives on the African Titanics, the barely seaworthy boats that set out to bring migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe, are rarely seen as individuals.


by Jeannie Robinson

Bernadette Hyland’s purpose in presenting nine short biographies of radical northern women is to celebrate the struggles and achievements of political activists who might otherwise be overlooked...

by Iain Ferguson

At a Social Work Action Network Conference a few years ago one delegate shocked those present when he stated that, in his area team, management’s definition of the good social worker was the...

by David Laing

The front cover of February’s issue of ‘The Week’ portrays Russian president Vladimir Putin as The Terminator, eyeing us menacingly while clutching a pistol.

Sakwa’s book is a necessary...

by Ellen Clifford

Tod Browning’s Freaks, re-released this month, is a 1932 horror film about sideshow circus freaks that was banned in the UK for 30 years. Yet its treatment of disability is notably refreshing...

by Rebecca Townesend

We Are Many tells the story of 15 February 2003 when millions marched against war in Iraq on the biggest day of protest in history. It starts with the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 and the...

by Julie Bundy

The murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich does not sound like a promising subject for a film. But following two sell-out runs for the stage production at the National Theatre the film adaptation...

by Peter Robinson

Adi is watching TV impassively, transfixed, as two ageing men describe in detail how they killed his brother, Ramli, almost 50 years before. They are laughing while they act out the murder in the...

Art / Exhibitions
by Noel Halifax

The new exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate covers the work of the current great success story of British art. It is a success seen and heard on radio and television on a daily basis...

by Angela McCormick

Stonemouth is a two-part drama adapted from Iain Banks’s novel of the same name. It is the first adaptation of one of his novels since his untimely death in 2013. It is billed as a romantic...

by Kevin McCaighy

Politics and rock music have made for uneasy bedfellows in recent years, but some headway has been made recently with the likes of US rockers The Last Internationale and down-at-heel poets...