Socialist Review issue

March 2019 #444

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The landscape of the far right

News

by Shaun Doherty
The disgraceful decision to suspend Chris Williamson MP from the Labour Party in connection with the antisemitism witch-hunt is the latest...
by Zak Cochrane
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) was founded in 2002, when the British National Party had begun to make electoral gains and even produced a CD aimed at...
by Lewis Nielsen
Can there be a red in the White House? Although it’s very early days — primary season hasn’t even kicked off — the prospect doesn’t seem so...

Features

Feature
Weyman Bennett

Weyman Bennett looks back at the past decade of crisis and renewal on the far right, and assesses the threat facing anti-racists and anti-fascists in contemporary Britain.

Feature
Esme Choonara

Twenty years on from the Macpherson report focus has shifted from institutional racism to unconsious bias. How helpful is this concept in the fight against racism, asks Esme Choonara.

Feature
Ugo Palheta

How important is the concept of fascism in the 21st century? And how should we define it? French author Ugo Palheta spoke to Socialist Review about how these questions play out in France today....

Feature
Jane Hardy

In the first of a three-part series, Jane Hardy sets out the history of women’s struggle for equal pay, which is longer than you might think. In the next installments she will look at more recent...

Feature
Jess Lichtenstern and Cyrus Jarvis

Socialist Review spoke to Jess Lichtenstern of Extinction Rebellion about the aims and intentions of the movement and school student Cyrus Jarvis after the magnificent schools strike last month....

Opinion

Opinion
by Bob Fotheringham
The response of many in the independence movement to the decision of eight Labour MP’s and three Tories to split from their respective parties is to bemoan the ongoing British political crisis...
Opinion
by Brian Richardson

The decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s citizenship shows the government’s contempt for human rights. Brian Richardson slams a decision that makes no concession to the impulsive nature of young...

Opinion
by Sara Garcia

The trial against the leader of last year’s campaign for Catalan independence brings to the fore a murky history of undemocratic manoeuvering by the Spanish state. Sara Garcia reveals worrying...

Letters

by Orla Ní Chomhraí
Laura Miles (“The War on Trans”, January SR), argues that there has been no conflict between women’s rights activists and trans activists in Ireland. The article also gives the impression that there...
by Dr Tom Sykes
Thank you for publishing a review of my new book The Realm of the Punisher (February SR). I would like to politely take issue with a couple of points raised by the reviewer. Although this may be...
by Steve Guy
Sabby Sagall extols the virtues of remaining in the EU (Feedback, February SR): workers rights; equal pay provision; the 8-hour day. What he doesn’t seem to see is the way in which bosses in Europe...
by Julie Webster
Jan Nielsen’s article (“How austerity hurts women”, February SR) very usefully showed the disproportionate impact of government cuts on the lives of women. There is also an ideological element to...
by Tony Sullivan
Rena Niamh Smith makes some very timely and insightful points about fashion in her monthly column in Socialist Review. In particular it is really important that, as she argues, revolutionaries do not...

Reviews

Books
by Bob Light

This is an important and long-overdue book which I recommend strongly. The extraordinary events in Portugal in 1974-5 have been one of the great unreported stories of my lifetime. In that time...

Books
by John Newsinger

The alt-right has attracted a lot of attention over the last couple of years, propelled into prominence by the Trump phenomenon in the US. It is best seen as part of the general resurgence of the...

Books
by Siobhan Brown

There has been a recent resurgence in interest in poetry and spoken word written and performed by women. Quite right. This collection puts together 150 poems by women writers, touching on themes...

Books
by Vivek Lehal

Enoch Powell made his notorious Rivers of Blood speech in the Midland Hotel in Birmingham on 20 April, 1968. At the time he was the Conservative MP for the constituency of Wolverhampton South West...

Books
by Ian Taylor

The US and British invasion of Iraq in March 2003 killed millions and entrenched a cycle of violence and Islamophobia which continues to shape events.

The war was justified by Iraq’s...

Books
by Tomas Tengely-Evans

When Michael Kidron began writing after the Second World War, socialists faced many new challenges. Yet very few heeded the revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s injunction to “face reality squarely”....

Books
by Fran Yepes

“Latinx — A person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative).” Latinx is a book that covers the expansive history of Latin America identity post-...

Books
by Maggie Falshaw

Minnie Lansbury was one of the Poplar Councillors who was imprisoned in 1921 for fighting back against the government’s unequal system of rates. She was also a member of Sylvia Pankhurst’s East...

Books
by Colette Wymer

I was looking forward to a serious and objective critique of “Corbynism”, as this book promised. I was to be disappointed. The overriding message is that “Corbynism” promotes a “truncated”...

Art / Exhibitions
by Nicola Field

The cultural explosions that took place amid the social and political upheavals of 1960s America threw up extraordinary new forms of expression that articulated incendiary challenges to state...

Theatre
by Ken Olende

This production of Shakespeare’s history play is entirely produced, directed and performed by non-white women — a first for a production on a major British stage. The costumes, set and music are...

Art / Exhibitions
by Carly Grundle

This exhibition of photographs by Katie Wilson documents the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children. It stands firmly within the mission of the Foundling Museum, in what was the...

Culture
by Rena Niamh Smith

“Those social networks, there’s something sad about them. It’s like a talkative mirror where people talk to themselves.” So Karl Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily in 2014. When the designer died...

Five Things Listing

Homage to the Bauhaus
Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, 2 March...