Socialist Review issue

April 2015 #401

Review cover
An alternative to Tory Britain


by Dave Sherry
The independence referendum last September showed that people in Scotland want to see radical change. While the left has grown out of that movement,...
by Jim Fagan, by Sam Strudwick
Barts Health, the largest NHS trust in England, is now in special measures following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into Whipps Cross...
by Giles Ji Ungpakorn
Lee Kuan Yew was a repressive and corrupt leader of Singapore. His death on 23 March will not be mourned by those who crave democracy and social...
by John Newsinger
He stabbed the first prisoner, leaving him to die in agony from the wound, shot the second in the stomach so he could watch him die as well, and the...
by Simon Assaf
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have swept across the country, reaching as far as the strategically vital port of Aden, driving out the president and laying...


Jacqui Freeman

There is a growing rejection among parents and teachers of the narrow rote learning advocated by the Tories. Jacqui Freeman looks at alternative approaches focused on engaging children.

Glyn Robbins

Housing activist Glyn Robbins guides us on a virtual tour of east London to demonstrate how the early vision of public housing for working class people became a nightmare of private speculation....

Lee Humber

How is it that vulnerable people can suffer abuse from people paid to look after them? Lee Humber argues that part of the answer lies in the ruthless profiteering infecting the care industry.

Mark L Thomas

After five years of the Tories' austerity programme, and unrelenting assault on the welfare state, Labour should be roaring ahead in the polls. Mark L Thomas explains why this is not the case.

Costas Pittas

The harsh compromise forced on the Syriza government by the Eurogroup has deepened the anger against austerity, argues Costas Pittas. This is most pronounced among rank and file workers.


by Ron Margulies

The Turkish president's attempts to detract attention from the centennial of the massacre of around 1.5 million Armenian looks set to fail. Ron Margulies recalls the genocide and its gradual...

Culture clash
by Sally Campbell
The cancellation of feminist comedian Kate Smurthwaite’s gig at Goldsmiths College in February — possibly out of fear of protests by other feminists over her views on sex work — has escalated into a...


by Susan Rosenthal
Sexual violence is structured into capitalism. The normalising of prison rape proves that sexual assault is less about gender relations and more about the exertion of power and control. According...
by Ayesha Saleem
Thanks to the excellent coverage of issues around racism and black liberation over the last three months we have increased sales of Socialist Review in Edinburgh. February’s front cover and...


by Charlie Kimber

The US and British ruling classes pose as democrats and liberators. They claim their actions stand in stark contrast, for example, to the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS). British and...

by Nahella Ashraf

Terrorism is probably the most studied crime in the world today. Since 9/11 a thousand new books have been added to the terrorism literature each year.
Most are concerned with the same...

by Chris Newlove

Philosophy and the Idea of Communism is an interview with the radical French philosopher Alain Badiou. Badiou is a former member of the Maoist Union of Communists best known for his tome Being and...

by Ken Olende

Africa Uprising examines recent political uprisings in sub-Saharan Africa. It places them in the context of existing, and sometimes forgotten, traditions of resistance.

Its authors lament...

by Simon Guy

Among a chorus of commentators and news reports referring to Greece as a “spoilt child who spent all of their pocket money”, Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone strikes a...

by Camilla Royle

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas’s short book gives an outsider’s perspective on what it is like going into the House of Commons as a new MP. Some of the conventions such as the practice of referring...

by Pete Shaw

This is the long-awaited investigation of the fight of the blacklisted men and women who would not give up their fight for the right to be represented by a trade union. Blacklisted, The Secret War...

by Bob Light

While we do not know yet who will win the May election, it is already clear that among the biggest losers will surely be the BBC. Whatever government we have, it is certain that the BBC will be...

Art / Exhibitions
by Kate Abildgaard

If you stand really close to Leon Golub’s painting Gigantomachy II, the colours and brushwork are perversely reminiscent of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Step back and what come into view are not...

by Maggie Palmer

This award winning debut film, from a trans-identified Swedish film maker, explores sexuality, gender and relationships through the lives of young people living in Stockholm. Sabastian, a...

by Rhys Williams

Bypass is a moody and gritty thriller set on a council estate. There is definitely as much grit here as there are thrills. The action is never allowed to overshadow the well-researched and...

by Sally Campbell

The Falling is a dreamlike story of a fainting epidemic among pupils at a girls’ school. It is director Carol Morley’s first feature film, following her haunting 2011 documentary Dreams of a Life...

by Antony Hamilton

It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything from Kendrick Lamar. Before checking out this new album I took a step back to listen again to the Black Hippy Mixtape and Good Kid In A m.A.A.d City....

by Alan Kenny

For anyone who has been lucky enough to see Songhoy Blues live, it seemed impossible that the band had no record deal — their sound is so accomplished. For sure, they stand on the shoulders of...