Socialist Review issue

June 2016 #414

Damaging Times Ahead for the Tories


Stand up to Racism is joining some of the biggest mass movements in Britain and major trade unions in a Convoy to Calais to show solidarity with...
The Housing and Planning Act was passed in parliament last month, threatening to make the housing crisis much worse for millions of people. The...
Donald Trump, now almost sure to be the only candidate with enough delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination, is well known for his...


Sally Campbell

The Tories' weakness over Europe is our side's potential strength, writes Sally Campbell

Colm Bryce

People Before Profit won two seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections last month, with Eamonn McCann winning a seat in Derry and Gerry Carroll topping the poll in West Belfast. How big an...

Xanthe Rose

The creeping marketisation of higher education has had major implications for staff contracts. Xanthe Rose explains the extent of casualised work in the sector.

Jatinder Verma

In 1977 Jatinder Verma got together with some like-minded friends in south London and founded Tara Arts — the first British Asian theatre company. It was a political act, fuelled by resistance...

Simon Guy

In June 1916 thousands of Arabs rose up against the Ottoman Empire, which had ruled over the region for four centuries. They fought with the backing of the British and French governments, not...


by Kim Hunter
No truly democratic institution could have passed Third Energy’s application to frack at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire last month. The 4,375 objections gave the County Council a 99.2 percent...
by Giles Ji Ungpakorn
The election of Davao City “warlord” and gangster Rodrigo Duterte as president of the Philippines last month raises many questions. The man has a history of human rights abuses in ordering the extra-...
by Charlotte Ahmed
Whatever way you look at it, the Scottish National Party have won another crushing victory in the Scottish parliamentary election. Due to the bizarre maths of the list system, designed to prevent an...
by Joseph Choonara
Both sides in the official EU referendum debate were excelling themselves in their hideousness as Socialist Review went to press. In late May, Vote Leave launched a racist poster with the...
by Ellen Clifford
Hollywood’s latest tearjerker, Me Before You, which stars Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, has sparked international outrage from disabled campaigners opposed to the film’s central message, which...


by Russ Chandler
I enjoyed Keith Flett’s article “Real Ale, Craft Beer and Anti-capitalism” in the May issue of Socialist Review. The emergence of craft beer is to be welcomed and encouraged. But even the best craft...
by Donny Gluckstein and Penny Gower
Following our article on the national Scottish FE strike in last month’s SR (“FE: Not a one day wonder”) there has been discussion about whether our stress on the importance of rank and file...
by Tim Knight-Hughes
There has been a series of articles in the media on the issue of robots and automation becoming much more sophisticated. Some of the articles claim this could lead to many jobs disappearing. I have...
by M J Taylor
The NUS had its first black president, Trevor Phillips, in the 1970s. Perhaps you meant to say that that Malia Bouattia was their first black woman or Muslim president (Frontlines, May SR)?


by Roger Huddle

Graphic designer David King, who died last month, was inspired by the art produced in revolutionary Russia. Roger Huddle looks back on a pathbreaking artist and his contribution to political...


by Jess Edwards

Jon Berry’s Teachers Undefeated: How Global Education Reform has Failed to Crush the Spirit of Educators is a great read for anyone who wants not only to know the problems with education but who...

by Camilla Royle

The idea that we are in the Anthropocene — a geological epoch defined by human activity — is now catching the interest of activists. It is becoming clear that human activity affects the Earth...

by Nicola Field

This page-turning, vodka-sodden, tragi-comic crime thriller about political corruption and moral predicaments is a brilliant holiday read.

It’s set in the future: Russia has been taken...

by John Newsinger

“A class war is being fought and the poor are losing.” Any book that acknowledges this harsh reality is worth a look.

The author, a former Financial Times journalist, goes on to write...

by Yvonne Oades

A recent Radio 3 “Free Thinking” interview described Slavoj Žižek’s latest work as a “call to arms to imagine a new Europe”. If you read it expecting a manifesto for change, you will be...

by Richard Donnelly

Norman’s Geras’s classic defence of human nature has been republished as part of Verso’s Radical Thinkers series.

Geras wrote this tightly argued little book as a riposte to Louis...

by Martin Empson

Nomads are often dismissed or overlooked. Indeed, one relatively recent book declared that nomads “have had no major role in world history for the past 500 years”. Such views are often based on...

by Gordon Leggate

Project fear is a fascinating insight into the characters and thought processes of those at the heart of the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence during the referendum and the...

by Carlo Morelli

The moment I read the first sentence of this book I knew I’d made a mistake agreeing to write a review of it. Determining class based upon whether you call dinner “tea” or “lunch” doesn’t bode...

by John Duff

This book needs to be read, if it needs to be read at all, in the context of the general assault on the left as personified by Jeremy Corbyn. It comes at the more polite end of the scale of these...

Art / Exhibitions
by David Gilchrist

“We are anti-racist and anti-fascist” claimed the Clash in their first interview with the then important music paper the NME. They explained that they had been at the riot at the Notting Hill...

Art / Exhibitions
by Alex May

The exhibition’s title refers to the boxes/cages in which Bacon confines his subjects. The viewers/voyeurs can see them; the subjects can only feel them confining them. The paintings are...

by Shirin Hirsch

This adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel centres on the lives of eight Londoners during the Second World War, and then as they construct their new lives post-war.

Kay, an ambulance worker...

by Sheila McGregor

“If you say how the world is, that should be enough”, says Ken Loach at the start of this documentary, adding that “politics is essential”. His is a kind of politics which wants to show how...

by Ayesha Saleem

Fire at Sea is a powerful and moving documentary about refugees on the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. So far 400,000 migrants have landed on the island and 15,000 have died making the...

by Rebecca Townesend

Michael Moore’s new film is not, as the title implies, a film about overwhelming US military might and another ill-conceived imperialist war. Instead the more bizarre premise involves Moore “...

Five Things Listing

Lift theatre festival

Various London venues, until 2 July

This biennial festival is in its 35th year and includes performances at the Barbican, Sadlers Wells, an East...